Several statements have appeared recently in the on going discussion about atheism, new atheism, and theism. Debates, papers, shouting and name calling abound. And there has been some calm discussion. Here are some examples to think about:
Physicist and heathen Victor Stenger has written a peer-reviewed article for Science, Religion, and Culture, which is now accepted and available free online. It’s called “In defense of New Atheism: A response to Massimo Pigliucci.” It’s a critique of Pigliucci’s article “New Atheism and the Scientistic Turn in the Atheism Movement” (Midwest Studies in Philosophy 37:141–53). – from Why Evolution is True
And there is a fine article by Adam Gopnik in The New Yorker magazine which is available here. Gopnik writes clearly on many topics and in this article he reviews and comments on this disturbance in the intellectual world. For example:
Only in the past twenty or so years did a tone frankly contemptuous of faith emerge. Centered on the evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins, the New Atheists were polemicists, and, like all polemics, theirs were
designed not to persuade but to stiffen the spines of their supporters and irritate the stomach linings of their enemies. Instead of being mushy and marginalized, atheism could proclaim its creed. But why did
the nonbelievers suddenly want stiffer spines and clearer signals? Why, if the noes indeed had it, did they suddenly have to be so loud?