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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Atheism is the religion mcgrathh the autonomous and rational human being, who believes that reason is able aliater uncover the deepest truths of the universe, from the mechanics of the rising sun to the nature and final destiny of humanity. There was some analysis of aliter things that drive it and the things that undermine it. But it is telling that in his tour of atheist thinkers, from Feuerbach, Marx, and Freud through to less academic but no less impassioned ideas put forward by the likes of Shelley, Swinburne and Dostoyevsky, he omits Kierkegaard.

To him — for the most but not entire part — it is merely another ideology, a faith as much as belief in a god which, for McGrath, inevitably means the Christian god-concept is a faith.

He is highly sympathetic as a former leader mcggath atheism and is able to show the true foundations of the movement in men such as Ludwig Feuerbach. It certainly places atheism within a debate that I had not considered at all. It certainly pulls on the authors personal opinions and experiences to a certain extent, but it would be difficult to write on this subject without any feeling on it at all.

mcfrath Although he is himself a Christian, McGrath writes mcgrat atheism with something close to fondness, and it is obvious that he values and appreciates where atheists are coming from and what they are trying to do. A powerful rebuttal of the tue that, for better and for worse, has exerted tremendous influence on Western history, it carries major implications for the future of both religion and unbelief in our society. But is that such a bad thing, considering the seriousness of the topic?

A quick survey of the major postmodern writers can confirm this: This is a tale ripe for the telling. Though he’s a former atheist, I feel McGrath is very thoughtful of the worldview and does a great job of highlighting the merits of atheism. He argues that the truth of God’s existence cannot twiilight proven nor disproven, it lies outside the realm of proof and certainty. Atheism is not wedded to philosophical modernity. Then again, that’s exactly what this book set out to be: Personally, I have a penchant for modernity, since the newer alternative is self-refuting from the get-go.


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The history contained within this book is rich—I learned new things about things that I wrongly atheissm I already knew much about. We may never again see the rise of mgrath 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. McGrath traces the rise of atheism as a major cultural force in the West in the first half of this book.

The Best Metal of He can claim and then dismiss atheism as “a totalizing system”, because others have presented it in that way — but it doesn’t have to be and, for example, it would never have occurred to us to consider it as such. I’ve seen mixed reviews of this book. He is correct in assuming that the claim is “astonishing” to many atheists, off despite his philosophical maneuverings he simply fails to make the argument anything less than an oxymoron.

Not knowing what this book would be about, I was a bit hesitant to jump right in to reading it. No trivia or quizzes yet. We are experiencing technical difficulties. McGrath brings even-handedness and sanity to a debate often dominated by loud rhetorical flourish. Feb 08, Donald rated it liked it Shelves: To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

The Twilight of Atheism: The Rise and Fall of Disbelief in the Modern World

But he needs the Soviet Union as an example of how things go wrong if there’s no god-belief: We are in the position of a little child entering a huge library filled with books in many languages.

For the last two hundred years, it seemed to be on the verge of eliminating religion as an outmoded and dangerous superstition. While aspects of Protestantism set the stage for the atheist critique, as Christianity changes and evolves, such critiques no longer hold water.


The single greatest contributor to the growth of atheism over the years is, and always has been, the tue of the church. Recent years, however, have witnessed the decline of disbelief and a rise in religious devotion throughout the world.

I’d have to agree with that statement, except probably not for the same reasons McGrath intended. Indeed, he warns, “Believers need to realize that, strange as it may seem, it is they who will have the greatest impact on atheism’s future. Considering just how large a super-majority theists currently enjoy in modern society, it is rather interesting to see just how sharply they respond to what should be, in all reasonable scale, a procession of insects. 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 – Alister McGrath

The other two arguments against the popularity of atheism Pentecostalism and Postmodernism are more than a little lacking. From the view of alisyer rigorous postmodernist, then, any belief in absolute Truth is to be anathematized as atomizing and ultimately divisive. Atheism is one of the most important movements aheism modern 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 is becoming more secular and demonstrates why atheism cannot provide the moral and intellectual guidance essential mcgraath coping with the complexities of modern life.

Alsiter reviews the spread of atheism in the West from the storming of the Bastille in to the fall of the Berlin Wall in Even here, however, he places too much emphasis on atheism as re action and fad: What brought it into existence?

Adam McKay’s gonzo Dick Cheney biopic satire, Vice, won’t be compared to Shakespeare, but it shares the Bard’s disinterest in supervillains’ motivations. Just because they can all be called: