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What is NEW Atheism ?

What is NEW Atheism ?

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Published by Nicholas Lombardi
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 INTRODUCTION: WHAT IS NEW ATHEISM?
In a trivial sense, there is nothing
new
about New Atheism. In fact, everything that is being said by New A
theism‟s
key proponents has already been said, and arguably said better, byRussell, Paine, Feuerbach, Marx, Freud, Nietzsche, and others.
1
What is new about them is their tone and their emphasis.
2
Although much of the content of the New Atheism may have precedents, it is original in its newfound urgency in the message of atheism, as well as a kind of atheistic social revival that has been fueled by the writings, lectures, and conferences of four intellectuals.
3
 This remarkable intellectual wave saw no fewer than five books by the New Atheistsappear on bestseller 
s lists
within the first two years of its inception. Sam Harris‟s
The End of  Faith
and
 Letter to a Christian Nation,
Daniel Dennett‟s
 Breaking the Spell,
Richard Dawkins‟s
The God Delusion
and Christopher Hitchens‟s
God Is Not Great 
constitutes the foundation of the
movement‟s canon. Said another way, “new” atheism is not entirel
y about new ideas, but a kindof evangelical revival and repackaging of old ideas.
4
 While the disbelief in God has always naturally created a specific worldview for its
adherents, new atheism is characterized by a very different interaction with one‟s world. The
 New Atheists are much louder and shriller than their predecessors. This very specific change in
tone centers on the fact that they are no longer content simply to deny God‟s existence. Hitchens
1
Amarnath Amarasingam, ed.,
 Religion and the New Atheism; A Critical Appraisal 
(Boston; Brill, 2010),18.
2
 John C. Lennox,
Gunning for God: why the new atheists are missing thetarget 
(Oxford: Lion, 2011) 16.
 
3
Amarnath Amarasingam, ed.,
 Religion and the New Atheism; A Critical Appraisal 
(Boston; Brill, 2010),18.
4
 
Ronald Aronson, “The New Atheists,”
The Nation
, June 25, 2007, 11.

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