New Atheism: Critical Perspectives and Contemporary Debates

  • Christopher R. Cotter
  • Philip Andrew Quadrio
  • Jonathan Tuckett

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Christopher R. Cotter, Philip Andrew Quadrio, Jonathan Tuckett
    Pages 1-13
  3. Graham Oppy
    Pages 15-31
  4. Christopher R. Cotter
    Pages 33-50
  5. Philip Andrew Quadrio
    Pages 87-116
  6. Björn Mastiaux
    Pages 171-192
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 237-240

About this book


Whether understood in a narrow sense as the popular works of a small number of (white male) authors, or as a larger more diffuse movement, twenty-first century scholars, journalists, and activists from all ‘sides’ in the atheism versus theism debate, have noted the emergence of a particular form of atheism frequently dubbed ‘New Atheism’. The present collection has been brought together to provide a scholarly yet accessible consideration of the place and impact of ‘New Atheism’ in the contemporary world.

Combining traditional and innovative approaches, chapters draw on the insights of philosophers, religious studies scholars, sociologists, anthropologists, and literary critics to provide never-before-seen insights into the relationship between ‘New Atheism’, science, gender, sexuality, space, philosophy, fiction and much more. With contributions from Australia, Germany and the United Kingdom, the volume also presents diversity in regard to religious/irreligious commitment, with contributions from atheists, theists and more agnostic orientations.

New Atheism: Critical Perspectives and Contemporary Debates features an up-to-date overview of current research on ‘New Atheism’, a Foreword from Stephen Bullivant (co-editor of The Oxford Handbook of Atheism), and eleven new chapters with extensive bibliographies that will be important to both a general audience and to those conducting research in this area. It provides a much-needed fresh look at a contentious phenomenon, and will hopefully encourage the cooperation and dialogue which has predominantly been lacking in relevant contemporary debates.  


Critique of Religion Epistemic Arrogance Epistemic Dogmatism Old Atheism Religious Faith Science and Religion

Editors and affiliations

  • Christopher R. Cotter
    • 1
  • Philip Andrew Quadrio
    • 2
  • Jonathan Tuckett
    • 3
  1. 1.Politics, Philosophy and ReligionLancaster UniversityLancasterUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Sydney School of LawUniversity of SydneySydneyAustralia
  3. 3.Independent ScholarEdinburghUnited Kingdom

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