ATHEISM AND ITS CRITICS
Atheists have been called the most hated minority in
America. And yet recent atheist manifestos by Richard Dawkins, Christopher
Hitchens and Sam Harris have all made the best-seller list. So have these
atheists changed our thinking about religion? We'll talk about he New
Atheism with Richard Dawkins and two of his critics in the time hour of
To the Best of Our Knowledge.
John Haught is a Catholic theologian at Georgetown
University who's written a polemical response to the so-called "new
atheists." He tells Steve Paulson that they simply don't measure
up to the old atheists like Nietzsche and Camus. Haught's books include
"God after Darwin" and "God and the New Atheism."
The world's most famous atheist, Richard Dawkins, author of "The
God Delusion," visits with Steve Paulson and demonstrates why he's
been called "Darwin's rottweiler. And, Alister McGrath,
a historical theologian at Oxford, shares Dawkins' interest in science,
but little else. He and Steve talk about the role of religious zealotry.
McGrath's book's include "The Dawkins Delusion" and "Christianity's
Jenny Phillips is the director of the documentary
film "The Dhamma Brothers." The film tells the story of a
program which brought several Buddhist teachers to maximum security
Donaldson Correctional Facility in Alabama to train a group of inmates
in Vapassana meditation. Phillips tells Anne Strainchamps that the course
was an intense, grueling ten day experience that changed some of the
inmates' lives forever.
Brad Hirschfield was once a religious fanatic.
He was one of a small number of Jewish settlers living in Hebron, in
the middle of thousands of Palestinians. Now he's a rabbi and the author
of a book called "You Don't Have To Be Wrong For Me To Be
Right." He tells Jim Fleming how he tries to preach a message of
faith without fanaticism.
CD copies are available at 1-800-747-7444.
Ask for program number 08-06-22-A.
|Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion
|Alister McGrath & Joanna Collicutt
McGrath, The Dawkins Delusion? (InterVarsity Press)
|John Haught, God and the New
Atheism (Westminster John Knox Press)
|Brad Hirschfield, You Don't
Have to Be Wrong for Me to Be Right (Harmony Books)
week of 05/31/2009 - hour 2
week of 06/22/2008 - hour 1
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