The New Atheism, Myth, and History: The Black Legends of Contemporary Anti-Religion
Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018
My interest in Nathan Johnstone’s book comes from my lifelong experience of a diversity of religious thought. I was born and raised in Indonesia, a majority Islamic nation. My global studies and travels have exposed me to a plethora of philosophies, beliefs, and arguments. Having nearly become an atheist myself in my early 20s, and having read many of the New Atheist publications as well as the writings of their detractors, I consider myself well versed in the arguments of both sides. I enjoy and respect my discussions with atheists.
The self-described “New Atheist” movement began arguably in 2004 with the publication of The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason by Sam Harris. This was the first book to be associated with New Atheists, although the term “New Atheist” itself was not born until 2006. Since then there have been a plethora of books, articles, and other media posts written by atheists in support of the new atheism and by theists criticising and countering the moment.
Nathan Johnstone may not be the first author to join in the fray, but his book is the first to approach the issue from a historical perspective as opposed to a philosophical or theological perspective. What is distinctive about this book and its author’s approach is that he is not arguing for or against atheism or theism. In fact, the author freely criticises both atheist and theist arguments where he deems it necessary. Read More