Religion and the New Atheism: book chapters needed
Book chapters are needed for an edited collection entitled, "Religion and the New Atheism: A Critical Appraisal" under contract with Brill Academic Publishers.
The term “new atheism” has been given to the recent anti-religion and anti-God books written by Richard Dawkins (The God Delusion), Sam Harris (The End of Faith; Letter to a Christian Nation), Daniel Dennett (Breaking the Spell), Christopher Hitchens (God is Not Great) and others. While their books have been extremely popular, a full and balanced academic treatment of their ideas as well as an exploration of how their arguments are important for larger debates in religious studies and the social sciences remains wanting. This edited volume will fill this gap in the current scholarship. It will also bridge the gap between the new atheist literature and the much-older and broader debate between religion and science.
One distinguishing feature of this book is the bringing together of eminent and rising scholars in the field of religious studies, science, sociology of religion, sociology of science, philosophy, and theology in order to engage the new atheist literature and place it in the context of larger scholarly discourses. The new atheist writers and their respective books have been selling extremely well, they have conducted conferences dealing, largely uncritically, with their own material and have had a significant media presence discussing and debating their ideas with other scholars. The current volume will bring larger debates taking place in sociology, religious studies, and theology to bear on the new atheism. It will serve to contextualize and critically examine the claims, arguments and goals of the new atheists in order that the scholarly community and the educated general reader can become more informed of some of the debates with which the new atheists inevitably and, at times unknowingly, engage.
As most of the authors have already been arranged, only two more chapters are required. The deadline for 300-500 word abstracts is December 15, 2008. All submissions are appreciated, but only accepted authors will be contacted.
Please send 300-500 word abstracts to Amar at email@example.com
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