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Lessons we can learn from the New Atheists

There was little that was new about the New Atheism – a post-9/11, anti-religious movement headed by Richard Dawkins and the like. Certainly the arguments had not progressed from those given by Bertrand Russell a century earlier.

Everyday Evangelism Glen Scrivener
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Left to right: New Atheists – Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Daniel Dennett | photo: https://billmuehlenberg.com

In many ways, the arguments were worse. At least Russell was a philosopher. The New Atheism survived less on logic and more on vibes and vitriol. What was new was the sense of purpose, the moral crusade, the desire to save the world from the sorts of people who fly planes into buildings.