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Is God A Hypothesis? The New Atheism, Contemporary Philosophy Of Religion, And Philosophical Confusion

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In this chapter, I plan to demonstrate some of the fundamental philosophical confusions in the methodologies of the New Atheists, and their counterparts in the philosophy of religionboth theistic and atheisticwith regard to their view of religious belief. Th e structure of this chapter is as follows: (1) demonstrate the relationship between Th e New Atheists and contemporary philosophy of religion; (2) discuss the God Hypothesis (GH) in its various forms, including its epistemology of evidentialism, and show why it is philosophically confused; and [3] address the eff ects of these confusions on the study of religion and analyze their ideological origins in the hope of avoiding them in the study of religion. And, it is one of the claims of this chapter that it is precisely this senseless notion of God that is being defended and critiqued in the current debate.

Keywords: contemporary philosophy; epistemology; god hypothesis; new atheists; philosophical confusion



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