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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

TIA: The Light of Day

A book review by South Texian:

In The Irrational Atheist: Dissecting the Unholy Trinity of Dawkins, Harris, and Hitchens, Vox Day examines and considers the respective claims of the New Atheists, and responds to them with sharp, logical criticism – effectively enough to show that the arguments of the New Atheists are neither scientific nor logical, but instead are based upon an irrational and ignorant view of science, religion, history, and human nature. Day points out that the New Atheists, instead of relying upon scientific studies, logical analyses, or independently verifiable facts, try to prove their case for the non-existence of the divine and/or the alleged anti-intellectual and anti-civilizational nature of religious faith by way of hyperbolic emotional pleas and circular reasoning....

Unsurprisingly given my own background, it was on the subject of history that I found Day's critiques of the New Atheists – and of anti-Christian arguments in general – to be most convincing. Not only does Harris in particular get it wrong when it comes to understanding the relationship between religious beliefs (or the lack thereof) and warfare, but atheists in general often distort such events as the Crusades, the Inquisition, Adolf Hitler's personal faith, and the Aztec practice of human sacrifice in their zeal to demonize all religious believers as troglodytic and potentially homicidal maniacs.

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