Flogging a dead horse: Can we make a positive case for atheism today?
From the Renaissance through to the 20th century, intellectuals have challenged religion and religious privilege. The past few years have seen the ‘New Atheists’, as they have been dubbed, take up the mantle. But why has religion persisted for so long? Are religious believers just wrong, or does religion answer questions that secular society can’t? What do today’s atheists propose, beyond mere unbelief? Can one make a positive case for atheism?
Institute of Ideas with Bishopsgate Institute Secularism series 2008, on a panel with Michael Fitzpatrick, Martin Summers, Mark Vernon and Robin Walsh: science conference producer. Full details here.