With the emergence of the 'new atheists' such as Richard Dawkins atheism is regularly in the news. This course investigates contemporary atheism and its critics, but does so by tracing the intellectual development of modern atheism. Topics such as the relation between religion and science, creationisms and evolutionisms, violence, the irrationality of religious faith, the making of moral decisions without religious belief, and children's education may be treated.
Not currently offered.
On successful completion of the course students will be able to:
1. Understand contemporary atheism today;
2. Place this in the context of a longer intellectual history;
3. Interpret the pros and cons of various perspectives on the matter in their historical and intellectual contexts;
4. Analyse the strengths and weaknesses of leading atheist positions;
5. Demonstrate writing, research and information technology skills appropriate to studies in religion and theology.
This course critically explores contemporary atheism in debate.
Essay: Essay 1
Essay: Essay 2
Online Learning Activity: Online Discussion