By Stephen Bullivant, Michael Ruse
Contemporary books by way of, between others, Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, and Christopher Hitchens have thrust atheism firmly into the preferred, media, and educational highlight. This so-called New Atheism is arguably the main outstanding improvement in western socio-religious tradition of the prior decade or extra. As such, it has spurred fertile (and usually heated) discussions either inside of, and among, a various diversity of disciplines. but atheism, and the recent Atheism, are certainly not co-extensive. attention-grabbing even though it certainly is, the hot Atheism is a unmarried, traditionally and culturally particular manifestation of confident atheism (the that there is/are no God/s), that is itself yet one type of a miles deeper, broader, and extra major worldwide phenomenon.
The Oxford instruction manual of Atheism is a pioneering edited quantity, exploring atheism - understood within the large experience of "an absence of trust within the life of a God or gods" - in all of the richness and variety of its historic and modern expressions. Bringing jointly a global workforce of demonstrated and rising students, it probes the various manifestations and implications of unbelief from an array of disciplinary views (philosophy, heritage, sociology, anthropology, demography, psychology, normal sciences, gender and sexuality stories, literary feedback, movie stories, musicology) and in quite a number international contexts (Western Europe, North the United States, post-communist Europe, the Islamic international, Japan, India). either surveying and synthesizing past paintings, and offering the key end result of leading edge contemporary learn, the instruction manual is decided to be a landmark textual content for the learn of atheism.