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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Just because they can all be called: McGrath traces the rise of atheism as a major cultural force in the West in the first half of this book. McGrath summarizes his teilight with a blanket condemnation of modernity, in the form of a double-pronged attack from the forces of spiritualism and post-modernism. The English title is much better: The book is more academic alkster popular level writing, but I give the book a strong 5 stars.

You would have to strain to reinterpret his words in the favor of modernity, but how else to describe our current dilemma?

McGrath surely wouldn’t doubt the existence of his god any more than he does now if everybody around him suddenly abandoned their belief, would he? Reform those institutions and the plausibility of atheism is dramatically reduced.

The Twilight of Atheism by Alister McGrath – PopMatters

What does that mean? Here McGrath advances the thesis that atheism rose in part as a culturally conditioned critique of Protestantism. Also, when the godless cultures that many atheists previously yearned for did arrive, such as in communist Russia, they proved to be just as oppressive, intolerant and violent as the worst that any religious culture ever was. It is not written in the first hand for apologetics reasons but it helps a lot in knowing what atheism is and where it comes from.


However, conflating atheism the idea with atheism the movement allows McGrath to neatly form a false analogy, propounding that the atheist dilemma with religion is with religion as a movement and not an idea — a small but crucial difference. At the end of the book, McGrath loses his last vestiges of historical objectivity, and it is hard not to detect the creeping triumphalism in his authorial voice. Admittedly, religion is a special case, because it happens to be by far the most popular delusion, embraced by the masses world over.

It does not know how. There’s not a lot of consolation in believing that there is no God, oc is no great plan, no divine architecture which gives our lives meaning and purpose.

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

While millions of Christians meet every single week for moral reinforcement, encouragement and fellowship, atheism can only offer a handful of books here and there, normally written by people who come off as more pious and arrogant than even the worst televangelist.

It is downright perverse to draft Michel Foucault to the side of religion on the basis of his relentless attacks on the notion of “objective truth”.

Basically, McGrath seemed to me to be asking the wrong question. 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. One is the emergence of Pentecostalism, a form of Christianity that is seemingly immune to some previous atheist attacks. The Rise and Fall of Disbelief in the Modern World is an interesting and convincing look at the problem atheism faces now, and for some time to come.

The Twilight of Atheism

The Twilight of Atheism is a messy book. The 21 Best Album Re-Issues of McGrath, however, focusses on atheism as it attracted him — and atheismm it let him down.


I consider McGrath’s work to be fair and balanced account of Atheism’s rise and decline in modernity. McGrath continues to hammer on the protest definition of atheism throughout the volume. Neverth Religion is composed of mcgratg core beliefs. Please try again later. 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.

Thee him — for the most but not entire part — it is merely another ideology, a faith as much as belief in a god which, for McGrath, inevitably means the Christian god-concept is a faith.

Scholars have argued for centuries as to whether or not Socrates was an atheist in our modern sense, and the McGrath’s abbreviated treatment of alisrer question is puzzling.

Disappointingly, The Twilight of Atheism is focussed almost solely on Christianity, and except for briefly enthusing over the Korean embrace of Christianity he doesn’t even venture much beyond Europe and the United States and only in the final paragraph adds the word mcfrath belongs appended throughout the book, acknowledging he’s been talking about: This is in the context of his own lapsed atheism.

He credits three individuals: The first tge of “The Twilight of Atheism” is an outstanding illustration of the historical rise of atheism, easily worthy of five stars. It is refreshing to see such clear and logical writing.