RELS395 God in Their Sights: The Arguments of New AtheismUpdated: 05 April 2017
|Offering||Not offered in 2018|
There is no supervised examination.
|Pre-requisites||12cp in RELS including RELS180 or any 24cp or candidature in a postgraduate award|
- God in Their Sights: The Arguments of New Atheism
|Coordinator(s)||Anthony Lynch (firstname.lastname@example.org)|
God is dead, religion is doomed, and science is the cure for faith, or so say the New Atheists. In the last decade eight international bestsellers set out to attack and to destroy the hold that religion has on humanity. These works constitute the opening blast of a newly invigorated secularism that insists that religion answer to the same canons of evidence and judgment as does science.
This unit offers rigorous engagement with the views underpinning New Atheism. Covering both the scientific and social scientific dimensions, the unit first examines the application of scientific reason to the supernatural and follows with an analysis of the claim that the loss of God and religion is no loss at all: life is nevertheless meaningful.
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|Learning Outcomes (LO)||
Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to: