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Selling the Soul of Science for a Pot of Message: Evangelizing Atheism in The God Delusion
November 26, 2018
Article of the Week
Selling the Soul of Science for a Pot of Message: Evangelizing Atheism in The God Delusion
Author Steven C. Walker,

This daily feature is the introduction to a full article by Steven C. Walker that was published in issue 47:1. To read the full text of this article, follow the link below.

Bestseller lists for the past two years chart a swelling tide of interest in a long-standing backwater: atheism. Nothing so tame as old-fashioned agnostic doubt, the new wave floods readers with outspoken scientific atheism. 

The most vociferous if not obstreperous apologist for scientific atheism has to be British evolutionary psychologist Richard Dawkins in his most recent diatribe, The God Delusion. It is clear from the first page why it is the bestselling standard-bearer for current atheism—this intense defense, far from abstruse treatise, is a rip-snorting read. Dawkins knows his scientific bailiwick backward and forward, parading it so sure-footedly his confidence downplays some dramatic misstep outside his expertise into the minefield of theology.