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The Future of Atheism

Robert B. Stewart, ed. (Augsburg Fortress: Oct 2008), 212 pages.

The subject of atheism has been much in the news recently with the highly publicized release of radically atheistic books. This helpful book highlights points of agreement and disagreement between Alister McGrath and Daniel Dennett on the topic of the present status of atheism and which worldview, atheism or Christianity, is preferable. American philosopher Daniel Dennett is currently the Director of the Center for Cognitive Studies and the Austin B. Fletcher Professor of Philosophy at Tufts University. Oxford theologian Alister McGrath is Professor of Historical Theology at the University of Oxford and directs its Centre for Christian Apologetics. A transcript of the dialogue featuring McGrath and Dennett on the subject allows the reader to see in print how both men present their positions in light of the other’s.

Table of Contents

    • Contributors vii
    • Preface xi
    • Acknowledgments xv
    • Introduction: The Future of Atheism: An Introductory Appraisal » Robert B. Stewart     1
    • 1 The Future of Atheism: A Dialogue Daniel Dennett » Alister McGrath     17
    • 2 Atheism: Twilight or Dawn? » Keith M. Parsons     51
    • 3 In Defense of Theistic Arguments » William Lane Craig     67
    • 4 Despair, Optimism, and Rebellion » Evan Fales     97
    • 5 Getting Scientific about Religion » Hugh J. McCann     113
    • 6 The Twilight of Scientific Atheism: Responding to Thomas Nagel’s Last Stand » J. P. Moreland     127
    • 7 God, Naturalism, and the Foundations of Morality » Paul Copan     141
    • 8 The God Hypothesis in the Future of Atheism » Ted Peters     163
    • Notes 183
    • Index 209