19026 The New Atheists and Their Critics



Since 2001, best-selling books on religion have spotlighted authors such as Sam Harris, Daniel Dennett, Richard Dawkins, and Christopher Hitchens. Traditional religious thinkers have not unexpectedly criticized their views, but the writers have also faced criticism from many humanists. How are these controversies related to the increasing percentage of Americans who identify as “religious Nones” or as SBNRs (spiritual but not religious)?

Robert Tapp, emeritus professor of religious studies, U of M, OLLI member

5 sessions, Tuesdays, June 18–July 16, 2013, 10:00–11:30 a.m. 

Walker Place, 3701 Bryant Ave. S., Minneapolis


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        Initial books — and MANY links:

Harris, Sam. 2004. The end of faith : Religion, terror, and the future of reason. 1st ed. New York: W.W. Norton & Co.

Dawkins, Richard. 2006. The god delusion. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co

Dennett, Daniel Clement. 2006. Breaking the spell : Religion as a natural phenomenon. New York: Viking

Hitchens, Christopher. 2007. God is not great : How religion poisons everything. 1st ed. New York: Warner


  • For Sam Harris     (search iTunes Store)  [skip below Songs and Albums of the musician Sam Harris]
  • for Richard Dawkins      (search iTunes Store)
  • for Daniel Dennett       (search iTunes Store)
  • for Christopher Hitchens       (search iTunes Store)


for general suggestions on web reading, try my Coffman Condo library page

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Diego Rivera, Martyrdom of Servetus

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