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Tina Beattie's The New Atheists is a welcome change of direction in a debate which has generated more heat than light . One can only hope that Beattie's book will move the discussion in a less vituperative and more fruitful direction. 35 people found this helpful.

Tina Beattie's The New Atheists is a welcome change of direction in a debate which has generated more heat than light over the last five years and which, quite frankly, has become increasingly tedious and uncivil. That debate, of course, is between the latest tide of militant atheists who defend what's come to be known as the "New Atheism" and their (mainly) Christian opponents.

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The New Atheists calls for a more wide-ranging and creative dialogue across religious and cultural boundaries

The New Atheists calls for a more wide-ranging and creative dialogue across religious and cultural boundaries.

Article in The Heythrop Journal 50(3):540 - 541 · April 2009 with 68 Reads. Much of this concern stems from our preoccupation with the strong revival of religion subsequent to the first World War and evinced in neo-scholasticism, Barthian.

Tina Beattie is a British writer and broadcaster The New Atheists: The Twilight of Reason and the War on Religion (London: Darton, Longman & Todd,2007; Maryknoll NY: Orbis Books, 2008).

Tina Beattie is a British writer and broadcaster. The New Atheists: The Twilight of Reason and the War on Religion (London: Darton, Longman & Todd,2007; Maryknoll NY: Orbis Books, 2008). New Catholic Feminism: Theology and Theory (London and New York: Routledge, 2006). King, Ursula; Beattie, Tina, eds. (2005). Gender, religion and diversity: cross-cultural perspectives.

Tina Beattie - 2007 - New Blackfriars 88 (1014):170-186. Religion in History - Atheists, Anti-Atheists, and Nazis-Once Again. P. Sperlich - 2010 - Free Inquiry 31:51-52. Faith, Belief, and the Compatibility of Religion and Science. Doren Recker - 2017 - Zygon 52 (1):212-231

Tina Beattie - 2007 - New Blackfriars 88 (1014):170-186. Doren Recker - 2017 - Zygon 52 (1):212-231. Harry J. Gensler - 2016 - Cambridge University Press.

Title The New Atheists. She is the author of God's Mother, Eve's Advocate and New Catholic Feminism: Theology and Theory (Routledge 2005). Sports & Outdoors. ISBN-13 9780232527124.

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Atheists who judge religion by the extremist forms of it that dominate all the news and entertainment media are not being fair, argues Beattie (theology, Roehampton U., London). She situates the debate about science and religion in a wider social and historical context, showing how religious and cultural narratives serve as vehicles of meaning for those who inhabit them. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Over the weekend, I just read "The New Atheists" by Tina Beattie. It was supposed to be a rebuttal of course to "The God Delusion" by Richard Dawkins and the similar books by Sam Harris and Christopher Hitchens. Well, she did a good job of refuting the rationalism in the claims these guys made in their books.

But the more interesting part comes just at the end. Here she begins to compare God to an author and religious truths to fiction novels. She says in Wuthering Heights for example, the fact that we know that Cathy and Heathcliffe are not real people does not detract from the capacity of these characters to communicate something truthful about the human condition. Though she does not come out and say so, she is implying here that we can apply a similar understanding to religious concepts. If the characters in the Bible never existed, well, no matter. They can still teach us something truthful about the human condition. I like that! ....except - doesn't that make joining a religion something like joining a fiction fan club, where more than half of the members don't even realize the books are fiction??

Then, in what I thought was a particular stroke of genius, Tina Beattie went on to explain how in some works of fiction, the less inspired ones, the characters all behave in an orderly way and kind of "prove" the viewpoint of the author. But in others - obviously the most intriguing ones - the characters and the book seem to take on a life of their own and no longer obey the "intention" the author might have had when he started writing the book. Books, works of art, any form of personal expression, Beattie says, all respond best when "creative expression" is allowed to guide the artist or author, even if it means the work gets out of his control.

The reason Beattie brings this up is to show that where the concept of Intelligent Design leaves a lot of logical flaws, maybe we should be comparing "god" to the artist with creative genius - who who set our world and creation in motion...and then allowed the characters and the story to take off with a life of their own.

There is much, much more to Beattie's treatise than I can possibly present here. All I wanted to do was mention a few of the points she makes. She is a marvelously eloquent writer and the book is well worth reading.
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Tina Beattie's The New Atheists is a welcome change of direction in a debate which has generated more heat than light over the last five years and which, quite frankly, has become increasingly tedious and uncivil. That debate, of course, is between the latest tide of militant atheists who defend what's come to be known as the "New Atheism" and their (mainly) Christian opponents.

The New Atheism for the most part is actually a rehashing of Old Enlightenment Atheism's insistence that scientific norms of rationality and verification are universal and therefore disenfranchise "religious" belief (an imperialism that critics generally call "scientism"). The genuinely new element in the New Atheism is its harsh condemnation of religious fundamentalisms, and its insistence that all religious belief, whether liberal or fundamentalist, feeds the flames of sectarian hatred and violence. It's not coincidental that the New Atheism is a post-9/11 phenomenon, or that it's especially popular in the U.S., which of course produces its own homegrown and obnoxious variety of (Christian) fundamentalism.

Most Christian responses to the New Atheism have thus far fallen short. They've generally either been evangelical defenses which displayed much fervor but little philosophical merit, or earnest attempts (by theologians such as Alister McGrath) to show that religious belief in fact can live up to the standards of scientific rationality demanded by New Atheists such as Dawkins, Dennett, Hitchens, and Harris.

But Beattie, to her credit, refuses to play this game. She argues that the very parameters of the current God-debate need to be called into question. They're too narrow, she claims, reflecting the worldview of a relatively small group of white intellectual males who've hijacked the discussion to fit their own militant allegiance to Enlightement reason. As such, the god they argue against is a strawman, a caricature of the deity in whom most theists believe. Beattie agrees with them that this god isn't worthy of worship, and tries to move the discussion away from traditional efforts to prove or disprove its existence toward a deeper, richer consideration of religious experience. In her final two chapters, she suggests that Godded experiences are best examined in terms of imagination, creativity, and symbol. To confuse the standards appropriate to their investigation with those suitable to the scrutiny of measurable and quantifiable objects in the world is to make an obvious category mistake. One is reminded here of Stephen Jay Gould's defense a few years ago of the two magistera thesis.

How ironic, that the debate over the "existence" of God which has exercised so many of us for the last five years might be largely based on a misunderstanding (willful or otherwise) of what believers mean when they use the word "God." One can only hope that Beattie's book will move the discussion in a less vituperative and more fruitful direction.
The New Atheists: The Twilight of Reason and the War on Religion download epub
Religious Studies
Author: Tina Beattie
ISBN: 1570757828
Category: Religion & Spirituality
Subcategory: Religious Studies
Language: English
Publisher: Orbis Books (April 30, 2008)
Pages: 209 pages