atheism

Theology, New Atheism, and Modern Scholarship

Question: 
How would you respond to the new atheists as exemplified in the following quote by Laurence Krauss: “To be fair, I regret sometimes lumping all philosophers in with theologians because theology, aside from those parts that involve true historical or linguistic scholarship, is not [a] credible field of modern scholarship.”
Publication Month: 
April 2014
Author - First Name: 
John B.
Author - Last Name: 
Cobb, Jr.

Krauss may be quite correct. It all depends on just how “modern scholarship” is defined. Krauss assumes that modern scholarship is the investigation that is approved in the academic disciplines into which modern value-free universities are divided. Theology is not an academic discipline and, accordingly, not a “credible field of modern scholarship.”

Atheism

Question: 
What are the presuppositions of atheists such as Harris, Dawkins, and Dennett that make these writers so appealing, and how does process theology offer an alternative view?
Publication Month: 
November 2006
Author - First Name: 
John B.
Author - Last Name: 
Cobb, Jr.

Dr. Cobb's Response

The intellectual-cultural context in which we operate favors atheism. Obviously this does not lead most people to become atheists. In this culture, in its popular forms, “atheism” is still a negative word. It was associated with “Communism,” for example. Many people call themselves “agnostic” in order to avoid the label and also to acknowledge that certainty about what does not exist is unattainable.

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