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The twilight of atheism : the rise and fall of disbelief in the modern world

Author: Alister E McGrath
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, 2004.
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"This book challenges the widely held assumption that the world is becoming more secular, and demonstrates why atheism cannot provide the moral and intellectual guidance essential for coping with the complexities of modern life." "Atheism is one of the most important movements in modern Western culture. For the last two hundred years, it seemed to be on the verge of eliminating religion as an outmoded and dangerous  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Alister E McGrath
ISBN: 0385500610 9780385500616
OCLC Number: 52705976
Description: xiii, 306 p . ; 24 cm.
Contents: The dawn of the golden age of atheism --
pt. 1. The high noon of atheism. The French Revolution --
The intellectual foundations : Feuerbach, Marx, and Freud --
Warfare : the natural sciences and the advancement of atheism --
A failure of the religious imagination : the Victorian crisis of faith --
The death of God : the dream of a godless culture --
pt. 2. Twilight. The unexpected resurgence of religion --
Disconnection from the sacred : Protestantism and atheism --
Postmodernity : atheism and radical cultural change --
The atheist's revolt : Madalyn Murray O'Hair and others --
End of empire : the fading appeal of atheism.
Responsibility: Alister McGrath.
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"This book challenges the widely held assumption that the world is becoming more secular, and demonstrates why atheism cannot provide the moral and intellectual guidance essential for coping with the complexities of modern life." "Atheism is one of the most important movements in modern Western culture. For the last two hundred years, it seemed to be on the verge of eliminating religion as an outmoded and dangerous superstition. Recent years, however, have witnessed the decline of disbelief and a rise in religious devotion throughout the world. In The Twilight of Atheism, historian and theologian Alister McGrath examines what went wrong with the atheist dream and explains why religion and faith are destined to play a central role in the twenty-first century." "A former atheist who is now one of Christianity's foremost scholars, McGrath traces the history of atheism from its emergence in eighteenth-century Europe as a revolutionary worldview that offered liberation from the rigidity of traditional religion and the oppression of tyrannical monarchs, to its golden age in the first half of the twentieth century. Blending historical analysis with portraits of such leading and influential atheists as Sigmund Freud and Richard Dawkins, McGrath exposes the flaws at the heart of atheism, and argues that the renewal of faith is a natural, inevitable, and necessary response to its failures." "The Twilight of Atheism a rebuttal of the philosophy that has exerted tremendous influence on Western history."--BOOK JACKET.

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