Colloquium: The New Athiests' Narrow World View

Colloquium: The New Athiests' Narrow World View

In an effort to facilitate collegial dialogue across disciplinary boundaries among faculty and students, EKU Libraries is hosting hour-long, informally moderated colloquiums on selected Fridays at 3:30 p.m. in the new Crabbe Library Research and Instruction Commons Conference Room, 204G.

Each colloquium session is devoted to text, video or audio material chosen by a faculty member who moderates the discussion. The material may be of any subject, scholarly or topical, peer-reviewed or popular, as well as original work. The only constraint is that the item(s) under discussion be accessible online (including any of EKU Libraries’ many subscription resources).

This Friday, Rob Sica will moderate discussion of The New Atheists’ Narrow World View (and the author’s response to criticism):

Most friends and even en­e­mies of the new athe­ism have not yet no­ticed the pro­vin­cial­ism of the cur­rent de­bate. If the horse­men left their world of books, con­fer­ences, classrooms, and com­put­ers to trav­el more in the de­vel­op­ing world for a year, they would find some un­fa­mil­iar religious arenas.

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Refreshments kindly provided by EKU Student Government Association.

Faculty interested in participating as moderators are encouraged to contact Rob Sica.

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Of related interest:

Jonathan Haidt: Moral psychology and the misunderstanding of religion

Scott Atran & Joseph Henrich: The Evolution of Religion

Philip Kitcher: Human Nature and Belief [video]

Daniel Dennett: What Should Replace Religion? [video]

Religiosity’s Phylogeny [video]

Why Are We Religious? [video]

The importance of religion for evolutionary biology [video]

The Plain Sense of Things: The Fate of Religion in an Age of Normal Nihilism

Pascal Boyer: Religion: Bound to believe?

Simon Blackburn: Can Science Tell Us Right From Wrong? [video]

How our innate theory of mind gives rise to the divine creator

David Benatar: The Optimism Delusion

Intimations of Mortality

Blaming God for Our Pain: Human Suffering and the Divine Mind

Eric Kaufmann: Shall the religious inherit the earth? [video]