Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology

Atheism, New and Old

Available Spring 2024

In 2006, Richard Dawkins published The God Delusion.  What was remarkable about this book was not its arguments, its use of science, or it's militant (indeed, rather shrill) insistence on the superiority of atheism to any theistic position, but rather its enthusiastic reception and powerful impact on popular culture and thinking.  This course takes a close look at the “New Atheism,” the work of Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, Daniel Dennett, and their allies, along with a broad sampling of the “Old Atheists,” such as Freud, Marx, Nietzsche and Sartre.  Though avowed opponents of religion in general and Christianity in particular, these thinkers can be seen as unwitting allies to a thoughtful articulation and living out of the Christian faith (and other forms of belief).  Seminar format.  Intended audience:  M.A., Ph.D., and M.Div. students.

Seminar Coordinator: Justin Gable, OP

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