New Atheism - New Apologetics: The Use of Science in Recent Christian Apologetic Writings
Jan 22, 2014
The rise of the New Atheism has stimulated a new interest in Christian apologetics: http://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/new-atheism-new-apologetics-the-use-of-science-in-recent-christian-apologetic
This interest has flourished in both in the academy and the churches. The appeal to science in the writings of leading 'New Atheists', such as Richard Dawkins and Daniel Dennett, is reflected in two apologetic strategies.
In the first place, the use made of science to defend atheism by Dawkins and Dennett has been challenged as unrepresentative and improper. In the second, defences of the rationality of faith have been developed which reflect inductive or abductive approaches, paralleling those used in the natural sciences.
This lecture explores the ways in which the natural sciences have been used in recent Christian apologetics, and assesses their significance.
This is the 2014 Boyle Lecture. The Boyle lectures address topics which explore the relationship between Christianity and our contemporary understanding of the natural world.
The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: http://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/new-atheism-new-apologetics-the-use-of-science-in-recent-christian-apologetic
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