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Two-front attack on ‘new atheists’

November 25th, 2010 · No Comments

Two-front attack on ‘new atheists’25 November 2010
By Matthew Reisz

Archbishop and Marxist challenge Dawkins et al’s ‘off-the-peg enlightenment’. Matthew Reisz writes

The “new atheism” promoted by academics and writers such as Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett and Christopher Hitchens came under fire at a debate in Cambridge.

Terry Eagleton, distinguished professor of English literature at Lancaster University, opened the discussion, titled Responses to the New Atheism. He said that the last time he had spoken at the University of Cambridge’s Great St Mary’s Church was in 1968, during a debate on student radicalism – something, he noted, that we are likely to see a good deal more of.

“Why is God back centre stage again?” he asked. “Just when grand narratives seemed to be over, He’s back in the spotlight.”

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