Counterpunch by Graeme Hunter


The Last Superstition: A Refutation of the New Atheism
by Edward Feser
St. Augustine’s Press, 2008
(312 pages, $19.00, paperback)

reviewed by Graeme Hunter

Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Daniel Dennett, and Christopher Hitchens are the big four among a group of militantly anti-religious writers who have come to be called “the new atheists.” What is “new” about them is not their ideas. It is the strident, adversarial tone of voice in which they shout about old-fashioned atheism. Their aggressive style has made atheism newsworthy again, in bestselling books like Harris’s The End of Faith, Dawkins’s The God Delusion, and Hitchens’s God Is Not Great. If such blustering titles make you think of adolescent rebellion, you can skip the books. You have already got from them most of what they contain.