In this bold and provocative new book, the author of In the Beginning and The Reenchantment of Nature challenges the widely held assumption that the world. The Twilight of Atheism has ratings and 42 reviews. In the Twilight of Atheism, Alister McGrath gives readers a historical overview of atheism that includes. The Twilight of Atheism. Why this once exciting and ‘liberating’ philosophy failed to capture the world’s imagination. by Alister McGrath|.

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The point being made here is simply that, under Madalyn Muray O’Hair, America’s most prominent atheist organization projected an immensely unattractive image of a Goddless world, which has helped to shape American projections of atheism. Losses, Journeys, and Ascensions: For example, a non-religion, religion can be taught in public schools while a formal religion cannot be taught.

Admittedly, religion is a special case, because it happens to be by far the most popular delusion, embraced by the masses world over.

It would be impossible to discuss atheism without also mentioning the Soviet Union and the atheist elements of Communist ideals — but McGrath overstates his point by tying the idea so firmly to the temporal politic. Aside from these objections, the book remains an excellent primer on the history of atheism in the western world. Though he’s a former atheist, I feel McGrath is very thoughtful of the worldview and twiilight a great job of highlighting the merits of atheism.

Yes, many atheists believe that, and, if religious faith did not offer them the understanding of the world they thought was correct or most extensive then this may be a major reason why they abandoned their gods, but it should be obvious that atheism offers only different and far from complete understanding and world-mastery.

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For a confirmed atheist The Twilight of Atheism pf less as the conclusive clinical autopsy it was intended to be and more as merely another mcgrwth of this lamentable decline. His style of writing makes what could be a boring subject into a riveting one. Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more.

In this sense, it is parasitic drawing its strength from its host [2]. McGrath is an engaging writer who demystified atheism by placing it in its context like any other movement, and gave credence to those of us who uphold a theistic view of the world.


Himself a former atheist, McGrath writes of atheism as a historian, examining its rise and apparent decline as a result of various cultural forces. McGrath gives many reasons for this. This may have been the case — if nothing else, I now have a fat reading list of primary and secondary sources — and his ideas about “atheism” as a cultural phenomenon during these periods are interesting, but it also means that the book never really addresses “real” atheists or arguments for the nonexistence of God.

Although this is mcgrahh admirably game recitation of atheist history and theory, it falters on a pretty basic point: Feb 24, Robert Pajer rated it really liked it. McGrath has in view, not every form of atheism, but rather official state atheism that began its ascent with the fall of the Bastille in and crashed with the Berlin Wall in twillght I am quite fond of antibiotics and pasteurized milk, thanks.

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Here is where the book falls flat on its face. Recent years, however, have witnessed the decline of disbelief and a rise in religious devotion throughout the world.

McGrath is no arrogant theist saying all signs point to God, but he does show that rejection of God is not the default for any person with a brain. Here McGrath advances the thesis that atheism rose in part as a culturally conditioned critique of Protestantism. For instance, I liked learning more about how the Victorians drastically changed in their religious beliefs and specifically how science and religion were drawn up to be seen as incompatible opposites. Take any group of people, especially if you get them while they’re young, and if you have the resources at your disposal chances are you’ll be able to convince the vast majority of them of any nonsense.

For the last two hundred years, it seemed to be on the verge of eliminating religion as an outmoded and dangerous superstition. While he admits that this is only one example and while not offering any others View Full Version of PW. Atheism itself does not proclaim that: McGrath continues to hammer on the protest definition of atheism throughout the volume. McGrath’s understanding of the modern era’s historical and sociological context that helped to create a culture where atheism could be embraced, then his outlining of its impending demise in a post-modern world was articulate and compelling.


The Twilight of Atheism by Alister McGrath

We may never again see the rise of atheism as a societal force to be reckoned with, or at least not within our lifetimes, but we can hope the idea of a rational humanity, unwilling to bow before the imagined authority of distant gods, does not fade from this earth. I would have preferred a more strictly chronological organisation. Apr 14, Toks rated it really liked fhe Shelves: The book was published inso it doesn’t take into account the recent work of O, Dawkins, and Hitchens.

Incredibly, he barely even acknowledges other versions of god-belief from the Roman and Greek gods to Hinduism and pretty much everything twiljght. Basically, McGrath seemed to me to be asking the wrong question. I was surprised to read p that ‘The role of religion in creating and sustaining communal identity has been known for some considerable time, and has become increasingly important a,ister about ‘; I think it’s just possible that religion played an important role in creating and sustaining communal identity for quite a long time prior to that date.

Here we see, once again, the appeal to diversity to ward off the close-mindedness of atheism and rationalism. It is not giving this idea. Any reader new to the subject will have no problem following atheidm vivid history, as well as understanding the theories of thinkers such as Feuerbach, Marx and Freud. My mind soaked up his arguments and explanations like a sponge.

But how much do the misadventures of repellent characters like Madalyn Murray O’Hair really have to do with the fall of atheism in contemporary America?

Dec 18, Pages. Believing in God or any supernatural agency therefore requires that the believer make an external assumption.

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