In this bold and provocative new book, the author of In the Beginning and The Reenchantment of Nature challenges the widely held assumption that the world. The Twilight of Atheism has ratings and 42 reviews. In the Twilight of Atheism, Alister McGrath gives readers a historical overview of atheism that includes. The Twilight of Atheism. Why this once exciting and ‘liberating’ philosophy failed to capture the world’s imagination. by Alister McGrath|.

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In all, the effect is less than twiliyht. But, admittedly, this is outside of the book’s main brief, so the exclusion is understandable. The title in Dutch from the book of Alister McGrath can bring the reader on the wrong idea that atheism has taken his final downfall.

As for the ‘twilight’ concept, I don’t think he was wise to use the word in the title or the concept in the structure of his book. Here is where the book falls flat on its face. Feb 21, Pages.

My thesis was on atheism, secularization and religion and my paper was a much better one for having read this book.

Oxford University’s McGrath has distinguished himself not just as an historical theologian, but as a generous and witty writer who brings life oc topics that would turn to dust in others’ hands. I was disappointed that McGrath seemed as willing to oversimplify atheism as Dawkins, Harris, etc, are to oversimplify religion — especially since McGrath pays lip service to respecting atheist thought. Lists with This Book.

The Twilight of Atheism

I found this book to be enough of a challenge to keep it i Oxford professor Alister McGrath’s book is more a history of Atheism than anything. The postmodern world view isn’t particularly friendly toward Christianity, either. As a person of faith, I acknowledge my bias but I nevertheless found this to be overall quite fair-minded and even generous in several places concerning its portrayal of atheism.

Feurerbach, Marx, and Freud f With numerous books which explore religion from a sociological standpoint, trying to explain believer’s faith through economic, social, or other causes, it is good to see atheism receiving a similar treatment. Not knowing what this book would be about, I was a bit hesitant to jump right in to reading it. But how much do the misadventures of repellent characters like Madalyn Murray O’Hair really have to do with the fall of atheism in contemporary America?


The Twilight of Atheism – Alister McGrath

This topic is considered from the perspective of a highly educated upper-class British intellectual, and while there’s some mention of France, Germany, and American movements, there always seems to be a British point of view present. Just mcgrrath evil men have also shared my belief does not make my belief any less true — a sentiment that has been uttered countless times by believers of all faiths.

McGrath has in view, not every form of atheism, but rather official state atheism cmgrath began its ascent with the fall of the Bastille in and crashed with the Berlin Wall in A powerful rebuttal of the philosophy that, for better and for worse, has exerted tremendous influence on Western history, it carries major implications for the future of both religion atheims unbelief in our society.

Yet I still absolutely love McGrath’s voice, no matter what the topic. Alistwr Twilight of Atheism – UK. The Soviet Union tried it for seventy years, and even monstrous violence and unendurable inhumanity could not kill the idea of God in the devout. McGrath’s dry humor leaks into the prose as well, a welcome addition to the detached academic tone. If that seems spiritually barren to some, well, so be it — that barrenness is predicated on the absence of something which I cannot believe to exist in the te place.

As a lapsed atheist himself, McGrath is a sympathetic interpreter, but he also relentlessly documents what he contends are the philosophical inconsistency and moral failures of atheism, especially when it has acquired political power.

Sure, a lot of overzealous and just plain wrong-headed atheists have come across as self-righteous scolds and nattering know-it-alls, and have done immeasurably more harm than good to the idea through their failure to communicate atheism in a positive manner. You’ve got something good to offer the world, including Christians’ read the last chapter especially. It is this baby he throws out with the bathwater that is his book, unfortunately.


The thesis is easy to follow, the history passionate and the language entertaining. If “faith” is defined as “belief lying beyond proof,” both Christianity and atheism are faiths. How did atheism “a principled and informed decision to reject belief in God” become so rare by the turn of the 21st century? His summary dismissal of classical atheism is slightly less mcgratg, but perhaps with an awareness of this weakness he accords the subject relatively little space.

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Given the style of the main argument, however, there are some obvious unanswered questions. Considering just how large a super-majority theists currently enjoy in modern society, it is rather interesting to see just how sharply they respond to what should be, in all reasonable scale, a procession of insects.

If you really believe that the impossibility of a rational argument for God’s existence is compatible with your belief in God — a view that I think McGrath does explain successfully here — I think you can afford to be more candid and thorough in treating atheism as it stands today. Please note that these ratings solely represent the complete review ‘s biased interpretation and subjective opinion of the actual reviews and do not claim to accurately reflect or represent the views of the reviewers.

The Twilight Of Atheism : The Rise and Fall of Disbelief in the Modern World

In the middle of the book, McGrath offers a “personal narrative”, admitting — oh! A quick survey of the major postmodern writers can confirm this: Want to Read Currently Reading Read. You can purchase by clicking on the picture of the book below. As a result, the book is a muddle. He credits three individuals: