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

McGrath, Alister E., 1953-

Doubleday.

xiii, 306 pages . ; 24 cm.

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Alister McGrath examines what went wrong with the atheist dream and explains why religion and faith are destined to play a central role in the twenty-first century. A former atheist who is now one of Christianity's foremost scholars, McGrath traces the history of atheism from its emergence in eighteenth-century Europe as a revolutionary worldview that offered liberation from the rigidity of traditional religion and the oppression of tyrannical monarchs, to its golden age in the first half of the twentieth century. Blending historical analysis with portraits of such leading and influential atheists as Sigmund Freud and Richard Dawkins, McGrath exposes the flaws at the heart of atheism, and argues that the renewal of faith is a natural, inevitable, and necessary response to its failures. 12477.

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978-0-385-50061-6 (alk. paper)

ISBN:

978-0-385-50061-6 (alk. paper)

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978-0-385-50062-3

ISBN:

978-0-385-50062-3

LC Call No:

BL2747.3 .M355 2004

Dewey Class No:

211/.8/09 22

Author:

McGrath, Alister E., 1953-

Title:

The Twilight of Atheism : The Rise and Fall of Disbelief in the Modern World / Alister McGrath.

Edition:

First edition.

Publisher:

Doubleday.

Physical:

xiii, 306 pages . ; 24 cm.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. [281]-296) and index.

Summary:

Alister McGrath examines what went wrong with the atheist dream and explains why religion and faith are destined to play a central role in the twenty-first century. A former atheist who is now one of Christianity's foremost scholars, McGrath traces the history of atheism from its emergence in eighteenth-century Europe as a revolutionary worldview that offered liberation from the rigidity of traditional religion and the oppression of tyrannical monarchs, to its golden age in the first half of the twentieth century. Blending historical analysis with portraits of such leading and influential atheists as Sigmund Freud and Richard Dawkins, McGrath exposes the flaws at the heart of atheism, and argues that the renewal of faith is a natural, inevitable, and necessary response to its failures. 12477.

Subject:

Atheism--History.

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