In this bold and provocative new book, the author of In the Beginning and The Reenchantment of Nature challenges the widely held assumption that the world. The Twilight of Atheism has ratings and 42 reviews. In the Twilight of Atheism, Alister McGrath gives readers a historical overview of atheism that includes. The Twilight of Atheism. Why this once exciting and ‘liberating’ philosophy failed to capture the world’s imagination. by Alister McGrath|.
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But considering how easily these new and controversial ideas allow for a scientific dismissal of religion on the grounds that the human animal has been preconditioned by evolution to believe in external agency in the natural world where none exists, it is easy to imagine that McGrath might shy away from any such an explanation. McGrath, as a Reformation scholar, even suggests, by drawing together a number of scholarly studies on the origins and development of Protestantism, that there is a significant link between the Reformation and the emergence of atheism.
The book reads like a popular intellectual history, and some of its main points are interesting. The Twilight of Atheism – US. The English title is much better: His credentials are formidable and his philosophical reasoning is articulate and sound.
Unfortunately, McGrath seems to have misjudged the meaning of atheism in current western societies, claiming it experienced its highlights during the sixties and has been on its way alisyer since then.
Lack of atheist leadership and organization is perhaps the greatest thing going against the current atheist movement. Quotes from The Twilight of A Actual atheism — simple non-god-belief, the natural state of nature and unindoctrinated humanity — does not, of course, need to group together in this way.
The Twilight of Atheism – UK. Still, it was a fair, informative, respectful, and intellectually engaging without being intellectually intimidating read and I do highly recommend it. McGrath proposed that the rise of atheism was a worldwide phenomenon, then keeps his analysis focused on Western Europe and the US.
The Twilight of Atheism
Even here, however, he places too much emphasis on atheism as re action and fad: I don’t see that Atheism has died quite as much as McGrath would seem to believe, but still a good work. It is as if Freud knew nothing of Darwin, and Darwin knew nothing of Keats. And although McGrath fails to convince on a few different points, the compelling and disheartening thought that the reader is left with by the end of the book can not be denied, which is this: Given the style of the main argument, however, there are some obvious unanswered questions.
Elsewhere, he overreaches entirely, as in discussing science v. I do not know how the English is.
McGrath, however, focusses on atheism as it attracted him — and as it let him down. While it is certainly true that Kierkegaard was a devoted and devout Christian, his writings were also a singular influence on the concept of existentialism. But using postmodernism as any kind of oc defense at this late date really only succeeds in muddying the waters, obscuring McGrath’s argument in a haze of conflicting impulses.
While he admits that this is only one example and while not offering any others It is the natural position, and anyone who wants to make a case for the existence of witchcraft or the validity of astrology or the existence of god and all the Biblical baggage that that comes with at least the Christian and Jewish variationswell, the entire burden of proof is on them. In this highly readable book, the distinguished historian and theologian, Alister McGrath examines what went wrong with the atheist dream and explains why religion and faith are destined to play a central role in the twenty-first century.
Similarly the illustrative quotes chosen here are merely those the complete review subjectively believes represent the tenor and judgment of the review as a whole. McGrath goes on to write: By “atheist”, I mean precisely what the word has always been understood to mean — a principled and informed decision to reject belief in God.
This, at least, is my admittedly biased interpretation of McGrath’s most salient points. I enjoyed what I read and I don’t think any of it was irrelevant, other than a bizarre segueway into Star Trek plot lines from the s through the s, but it didn’t really accomplish what he set out to do.
The Twilight of Atheism: The Rise and Fall of Disbelief in the Modern World by Alister E. McGrath
The belief that there is no God is just as much a matter of faith as the belief that there is a God. McGrath is a good writer, but I felt I needed more penetrating commentary.
One noted scientist, Albert Einstein, denied being an atheist.
Atheism offers something romantic and liberating, but it also has a more serious problem dealing with the modernistic view of “truth” even though modernity led us into the destructive paths it laid in the last century.