The Oxford Handbook of Atheism

Paperback | December 24, 2015

EditorStephen Bullivant, Michael Ruse

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Recent books by, among others, Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, and Christopher Hitchens have thrust atheism firmly into the popular, media, and academic spotlight. This so-called New Atheism is arguably the most striking development in western socio-religious culture of the past decade or more.As such, it has spurred fertile (and often heated) discussions both within, and between, a diverse range of disciplines. Yet atheism, and the New Atheism, are by no means co-extensive. Interesting though it indeed is, the New Atheism is a single, historically and culturally specific manifestation ofpositive atheism (the that there is/are no God/s), which is itself but one form of a far deeper, broader, and more significant global phenomenon.The Oxford Handbook of Atheism is a pioneering edited volume, exploring atheism - understood in the broad sense of "an absence of belief in the existence of a God or gods" - in all the richness and diversity of its historical and contemporary expressions. Bringing together an international team ofestablished and emerging scholars, it probes the varied manifestations and implications of unbelief from an array of disciplinary perspectives (philosophy, history, sociology, anthropology, demography, psychology, natural sciences, gender and sexuality studies, literary criticism, film studies,musicology) and in a range of global contexts (Western Europe, North America, post-communist Europe, the Islamic world, Japan, India). Both surveying and synthesizing previous work, and presenting the major fruits of innovative recent research, the handbook is set to be a landmark text for the studyof atheism.

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Recent books by, among others, Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, and Christopher Hitchens have thrust atheism firmly into the popular, media, and academic spotlight. This so-called New Atheism is arguably the most striking development in western socio-religious culture of the past decade or more.As such, it has spurred fertile (and often he...

Stephen Bullivant is Lecturer in Theology and Ethics at St Mary's University College. Michael Ruse is Lucyle T. Werkmeister Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Program in the History and Philosophy of Science at Florida State University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:784 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0.07 inPublished:December 24, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Stephen Bullivant and Michael Ruse: Introduction: The Study of Atheism1: Definitions and Debates1. Stephen Bullivant: Defining Atheism2. T. J. Mawson: The Case against Atheism3. A. C. Grayling: Critiques of Theistic Arguments4. Graham Oppy: Arguments for Atheism5. Michael L. Peterson: Problems of Evil6. Erik J. Wielenberg: Atheism and Morality7. Kimberly A. Blessing: Atheism and the Meaningfulness of Life8. Brian Davies: Aquinas and Atheism2: History of (Western) Atheism9. David Sedley: The Pre-Socratics to the Hellenistic Age10. Mark Edwards: The First Millennium11. Dorothea Weltecke: The Medieval Period12. Denis Robichaud: Renaissance and Reformation13. Alan Charles Kors: The Age of Enlightenment14. David Nash: The (Long) Nineteenth Century15. Callum Brown: The Twentieth Century16. Thomas Zenk: New Atheism3: Worldviews and Systems17. Stephen Law: Humanism18. Alison Stone: Existentialism19. Peter Thompson: Marxism20. Charles Pigden: Analytic Philosophy21. Jacques Berlinerblau: Jewish Atheism22. Andrew Skilton: Buddhism23. Anne Vallely: Jainism24. Jessica Frazier: Hinduism4: Atheism and the Natural Sciences25. Michael Ruse: Naturalism and the Scientific Method26. Taner Edis: Atheism and the Rise of Science27. David P. Barash: Atheism and Darwinism28. Victor J. Stenger: Atheism and the Physical Sciences5: Atheism and the Social Sciences29. Frank L. Pasquale and Barry A. Kosmin: Atheism and the Secularization Thesis30. Miguel Farias: Psychology of Atheism31. Jonathan Lanman: Atheism and Cognitive Science32. Phil Zuckerman: Atheism and Societal Health33. Melanie A. Brewster: Atheism, Gender, and Sexuality34. Karen Hwang: Atheism, Health and Well-being35. Ralph W. Hood and Zhuo Chen: Conversion and Deconversion6: Global Expressions36. Ariela Keysar and Juhem Navarro-Rivera: A World of Atheism: Global Demographics37. Lois Lee: Western Europe38. Ryan T. Cragun, Joseph H. Hammer, Jesse M. Smith: North America39. Irena Borowik, Branko Anand#269iand#263;, Radosand#322;aw Tyraand#322;a: Central and Eastern Europe40. Samuli Schielke: Islamic World41. Johannes Quack: India42. Sarah Whylly: Japan7: Atheism and the Arts43. Bernard Schweizer: Literature44. J. Sage Elwell: Visual Arts45. Paul Bertagnolli: Music46. Nina Power: Film

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"This collection will be warmly welcomed by philosophers of religion, philosophers of science, historians of ideas, andmetaphysicians for themany fresh angles it opens up on familiar difficulties with defining atheism . . . the volume provides an especially gratifying richness of reflection onits strengths and weaknesses as a full-fledged philosophical outlook." --James Orr, Religious Studies