Anti-Atheism Is Like Deja Vu All Over Again

Attacks against atheism are on the rise for some reason this year. So far, Nathan Lean, Peter Hitchens (Christopher’s younger and lesser brother), and (disappointingly) biologist Frans de Waal all have recent articles or books attacking atheism (or “New Atheism” because not believing in deities is so different now from the good old days. I mean there’s definitely less burning of atheists at the stake now, so I’ll give them that).

I guess the question I have is “why now?” Richard Dawkins’ “The God Delusion” was released in 2006, Sam Harris’ “The End of Faith” in 2004 and his “Letter to a Christian Nation” in 2006, and the late Christopher Hitchens’ book “God Is Not Great” was released in 2007. So we are over half-a-decade removed from these major “New Atheism” books and the atheist books written since then (such as Greta Christina’s excellent book “Why Are You Atheists So Angry?”) are not entering the zeitgeist as publically, so why so much of a counterattack now? (I have no answers, just asking).

Of course, all of these new attacks are the same logically flawed attacks of old, with the same false claims that have been debunked again and again. (Why are the anti-atheists so strident and so militant in their attacks against atheists? BTW, before anyone takes this part seriously, I’m just making fun of the attacks here.)

Anyway, instead of pointing out the logically fallacies and other flaws in the common anti-atheist attacks, I’ll just post this link to the Rational Wiki, which has a well-written entry on the flaws in the common anti-atheist arguments and misconceptions:

This says everything about why the attacks are flawed. But it doesn’t say why they are attacking now. That I’m still wondering about.


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