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The Rise and Fall of Disbelief in the Modern World
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The Twilight of Atheism
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Atheism is one of the most important movements in modern Western culture. For the last two hundred years, it seemed to be on the verge of eliminating religion as an outmoded and dangerous superstition.
Recent years, however, have witnessed the decline of disbelief and a rise in religious/spiritual devotion throughout the world. In this highly readable book, the distinguished historian and theologian, 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 Christianity and the oppression of tyrannical monarchs, to its golden age in the first half of the twentieth century.
Blending thoughtful, authoritative historical analysis with incisive portraits of such leading and influential atheists as Sigmund Freud, Marx 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.
Readable and memorable, this is intellectual history at its best' - "Publishers Weekly".
The Twilight of Atheism by Alister McGrath was published by The Book Service in October 2005 and is our 21511th best seller. The ISBN for The Twilight of Atheism is 9781844131556.
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The Twilight of AtheismJohn Thomas, via The Good Book Stall
This book is mostly a historical account of the fortunes of a particular strand of human thought from the 18th century (in Europe) to the present day (in the West).McGrath reveals that this is in many ways the account of a personal journey – from atheism, to becoming the Professor of Historical Theology in the University of Oxford, and a Protestant/Evangelical Christian. The book has many fascinating by-ways, e.g. the theory that it was Protestantism that actually made atheism possible, and the strange story of Madalyn Murray O’Hare, and modern American atheism. McGrath shows traditional atheism to be a necessary part of Modernism, one left high and dry by the ebbing of the Modernist tide, and the rise of Postmodernism. Now, however, Christianity is faced, not with atheism, but Anti-Theism - a concept that is the key to understanding such as Richard Dawkins; and that particular tide is in full flood.
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Details for The Twilight of Atheism
|Author / Artist||Alister McGrath|
|Publisher||The Book Service (October 2005)|
|Number of Pages||320|
|Page last updated||17th August 2017|