Science, Faith, and the New Atheism

Feb 21, 2015
University Club of Chicago
76 E Monroe St
Chicago, IL 60603
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John F. HaughtGeorgetown University

John Haught (Georgetown University

The bestselling books by the “New Atheists” Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Daniel Dennett and Christopher Hitchens provide colorful portraits of the evils of religions, especially those that profess belief in a personal God. In their passionate denunciation of faith in God, the New Atheists appeal not only to morality but also to reason to convince readers of the absolute wrongness of belief in God. This lecture will summarize the main claims of the New Atheists and examine whether these claims are themselves reasonable.

John F. Haught is Distinguished Research Professor and Professor Emeritus of Theology at Georgetown University. His area of specialization is systematic theology, with a particular interest in issues pertaining to science, cosmology, evolution, ecology, and religion. In 2002  Haught was awarded the Owen Garrigan Award in Science and Religion, in 2004 the Sophia Award for Theological Excellence, and in 2008 a “Friend of Darwin Award” from the National Center for Science Education. He is the author of numerous books, including God and the New Atheism: A Critical Response to Dawkins, Harris, and Hitchens; Making Sense of Evolution: Darwin, God, and the Drama of Life; and Is Nature Enough? Meaning and Truth in the Age of Science.