Reading Richard Dawkins: A Theological Dialogue with New Atheism

Reading Richard Dawkins: A Theological Dialogue with New Atheism

by Gary Keogh

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Overview

Theological reactions to the rise of the new atheist movement have largely been critically hostile or defensively deployed apologetics to shore up the faith against attack. Gary Keogh contends that focusing on scholarly material that is inherently agreeable to theology will not suffice in the context of modern academia. Theology, he says, needs to test its boundaries.

Reading Richard Dawkins illustrates how dialogue with antithetical viewpoints offers new perspectives on classical theological problems. Keogh demonstrates how a dialogical paradigm may take shapeone which is up to the task of facing its critics in the context of modern academia.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781451472042
Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Publication date: 02/01/2014
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Gary Keogh is a lecturer at All Hallows College of Dublin City University in Dublin, Ireland, and at the Newman Institute in Ballina, Ireland. He is the author of articles that have appeared in such journals as The Furrow and Doctrine and Life.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vii

Abbreviations ix

Introduction 1

1 A Distinct Methodological Framework 5

2 Encountering Evolution 41

Dawkins' Perspective

3 Beyond Biology 93

An Evolutionary Weltanschauung

4 Religion 145

An Evolutionary View

5 Evil, Evolution, and God 173

Dawkins and Theology in Dialogue

Conclusion 239

Appendix 245

Bibliography 247

Index 269

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