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Prominent atheists all seem to endorse [[rational]] thinking and [[science]] as the best way to know about the world (as opposed to intuition, for example). However, there has long been significant overlap between rationalism and atheism, so this is not something new to the new atheism, but rather a continuation of earlier themes.
 
Prominent atheists all seem to endorse [[rational]] thinking and [[science]] as the best way to know about the world (as opposed to intuition, for example). However, there has long been significant overlap between rationalism and atheism, so this is not something new to the new atheism, but rather a continuation of earlier themes.
  
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A number of books supportive of atheism have become best-sellers in the United States and elsewhere, including:
 
A number of books supportive of atheism have become best-sellers in the United States and elsewhere, including:
 
* [[Richard Dawkins]], ''[[The God Delusion]]''
 
* [[Richard Dawkins]], ''[[The God Delusion]]''
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Other notable books include:
 
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* [[Victor Stenger]], ''[[God: the Failed Hypothesis]]''
 
* [[Victor Stenger]], ''[[God: the Failed Hypothesis]]''
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* ''[[The God Who Wasn't There]]''
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* ''[[Root of all evil|Root of All Evil?]]'', hosted by Richard Dawkins
  
 
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The New Atheism is an informal social movement in which atheists have become more vocal in recent years than they have been in the past, gaining prominence as a result.

Contents

Organization

None.

Causes

Atheists may be more vocal as a backlash against the rise of fundamentalist religion, both in the United States (mostly Christianity) and abroad (mostly Islam).

Aims

It is, of course, difficult to ascertain the aims or goals of a putative movement with no manifesto, no central authority, no definite beginning, and no obvious cause. What follows is simply a summary of ideas that seem to have gained popularity in recent years.

Religion's place of prominence

One common idea in the new atheism is that religion has enjoyed a privileged position in public discourse: that one does not criticize religion in the same way that one might criticize a movie, a philosophy, or a political movement. People like Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris have arguedcitation needed that this respect is undeserved, and that religion assertions must be subjected to the same scrutiny as any other assertion of fact. As a result, Dawkins is often accused of being "shrill" or angry, while others believe he is merely being forthright.

In a similar vein, in Breaking the Spell, Daniel Dennett argues that religion can and should be studied like any other phenomenon; not in the sense of theology, but rather the psychology, sociology, neurology, anthropology, etc. of religion.

Promoting acceptance of atheism

Few prominent atheists believe that religion can be completely eliminated any time soon, or that there will ever be a time when a majority of people count themselves as atheists.

However, religious figures have always portrayed atheism as undesirable, if not downright evil and immoral. The new atheism seeks to increase public acceptance of atheism, in the same way that the gay rights movement seeks to gain public acceptance of homosexuality.

Promoting rationality

Prominent atheists all seem to endorse rational thinking and science as the best way to know about the world (as opposed to intuition, for example). However, there has long been significant overlap between rationalism and atheism, so this is not something new to the new atheism, but rather a continuation of earlier themes.

Resources

Books

A number of books supportive of atheism have become best-sellers in the United States and elsewhere, including:

Other notable books include:

Films

TV

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