ABSTRACT

In response to the intellectual movement of New Atheism, this volume articulates a "New Theist" response that has at its core a desire to engage in productive and depolarizing dialogue.

To ensure this book is of interest to atheists and theists alike, a team of experts in the field of philosophy of religion offer an assessment of the strongest New Atheist arguments. The chapters address the most pertinent questions about God, including politics and morality, and each essay shows how a reflective theist might deal with points raised by the New Atheists.

This volume is a serious academic engagement with the questions asked by New Atheism. As such, it will be of significant interest to scholars working in the philosophy of religion and theology, as well as those engaged in religious studies generally.

chapter |6 pages

Introduction

ByJoshua Rasmussen, Kevin Vallier

part Part I|85 pages

God and reason

chapter 1|12 pages

Paradoxes of infinity and the first cause

ByAlexander R. Pruss

chapter 2|12 pages

An argument for a supreme foundation

ByJoshua Rasmussen

chapter 3|14 pages

God and moral knowledge

ByDustin Crummett, Philip Swenson

chapter 4|12 pages

Taking a new perspective on suffering and death

ByChris Tweedt

chapter 5|18 pages

Is the God Hypothesis improbable?

A response to Dawkins
ByLogan Paul Gage

chapter 6|15 pages

The nature and rationality of faith

ByLiz Jackson

part Part II|85 pages

God and morality

chapter 7|8 pages

Deiform morality

ByThomas M. Ward

chapter 8|16 pages

Are we better off without religion?

The harms (and benefits) of religious belief
ByChristian B. Miller

chapter 9|12 pages

A license to sin?

Spiritual practices and moral licensing
ByJennifer Zamzow

chapter 10|22 pages

Another dimension of the moral argument

The voice of Jesus and the historical fruits of the Christian faith
ByPaul Copan, Thom Wolf

chapter 11|15 pages

Moral strangers as co-laborers in the fields of justice

ByRico Vitz

chapter 12|10 pages

Reflections on a secular foundation for religious liberty

ByHunter Baker

part Part III|35 pages

God and theology

chapter 13|18 pages

A bloody death that saves the world?

Making sense of Christ’s cross
ByJordan Wessling

chapter 14|15 pages

The fate of the “good person”

ByKevin Kinghorn