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The Resource Atheist overreach : what atheism can't deliver, Christian Smith

Atheist overreach : what atheism can't deliver, Christian Smith

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Atheist overreach : what atheism can't deliver
Title
Atheist overreach
Title remainder
what atheism can't deliver
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Christian Smith
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Atheist overreach
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what atheism cant deliver
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Language
eng
Summary
"In recent years atheism has become ever more visible, acceptable, and influential. Atheist apologists have become increasingly vociferous and confident in their claims. In Atheist Overreach, Christian Smith takes a look at the evidence and explains why we ought to be skeptical of these atheists' claims about morality, science, and human nature"--
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Smith (The Bible Made Impossible), a professor of sociology at the University of Notre Dame, highlights major flaws in atheist arguments in this incisive collection of essays. He begins by tackling atheism’s potential lack of ethical power in two essays. Atheists can be decent individuals, he argues, but atheism does not provide any persuasive reasons to deny self-interest. He specifically targets the naturalism of atheism as a hindrance for supporting universal human rights, as bare evolution would only encourage concern with those closest to an individual (such as family or clan). His third essay lambasts scientists for too eagerly slipping into theological arguments against belief in God, suggesting that scientists ought to be more honest about the limits of their knowledge and methods. In the final essay, he argues that humans are not inevitably religious but have easily activated innate capacities and inclinations to believe in powers beyond themselves. This counters some atheists’ claims that religion can wither and die with sufficient rational education. Smith’s powerful arguments never collapse into apologetics or defense of theism, but instead offer crucial weak spots for atheists to consider. These thoughtful essays and their refreshingly balanced approach will appeal to a general audience searching for clarity and precision in considering the shortcomings of atheist debates. (Dec.) --Staff (Reviewed 10/08/2018) (Publishers Weekly, vol 265, issue 41, p)
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10747266
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1960-
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Smith, Christian
Dewey number
211/.8
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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  • Religion and ethics
  • Atheism
  • Atheism
  • Religion and ethics
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what atheism can't deliver
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Atheist overreach : what atheism can't deliver, Christian Smith
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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Contents
Just how 'good without God' are atheists justified in being? -- Does naturalism warrant belief in universal benevolence and human rights? -- Why scientists playing amateur atheology fail -- Are humans naturally religious?
Control code
on1045650103
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
v, 159 pages
Isbn
9780190880927
Lccn
2018009553
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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  • n
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(OCoLC)1045650103
Label
Atheist overreach : what atheism can't deliver, Christian Smith
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
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  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Just how 'good without God' are atheists justified in being? -- Does naturalism warrant belief in universal benevolence and human rights? -- Why scientists playing amateur atheology fail -- Are humans naturally religious?
Control code
on1045650103
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
v, 159 pages
Isbn
9780190880927
Lccn
2018009553
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1045650103

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