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Issue 78: April/May 2010


Meet the New Atheism / Same as the Old Atheism?

by Tim Madigan


News: April/May 2010

Stolen Descartes letter found • Philosophy football: the big match • Schrödinger’s strip • Shock finding: choice causes anxiety! — News reports by Sue Roberts


A Catholic Clergyman Responds to the New Atheists

by Rev. Dylan Schrader

Good Religion, and the Good It Can Do

by Fr. Jeffrey Kirby

Is God Coming or Going?

David Ramsay Steele surveys American Belief to explain New Atheism’s popularity.

Is Religion Bad For Society?

by Rev. Bob Eckhard

New Atheists and Old Atheists

by Fr. Andrew Pinsent

The Not So New Atheists?

Jon Wainwright considers the resonance of a Victorian ‘ethics of belief’ debate.

The Varieties of Atheist Experience

Paul Cliteur asks: if an atheist is someone who doesn’t believe in God, which God don’t they believe in?

Two Priests Respond (I)

Rev. Dr. John R. Mabry opposes the New Atheist caricature of religion.

Two Priests Respond (II)

A force for good? Fr. Thomas Crean says it depends whether a religion is true or not.

What’s New About The New Atheism?

Victor Stenger answers the question.

Where’s The Evidence?

Michael Antony argues that the New Atheists miss the mark.


Leibniz and the Science of Happiness

Roger Caldwell is happy to introduce Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646-1716).

Mathematics, Morality & Machines

William Byers, mathematician, and Michael Schleifer, moral theorist, use their judgement to calculate the improbability of a machine thinking like a human being.

Other Creatures: A Few of Many Philosophical Beasts

Paul Matthews opens his philosophical bestiary.



Our thirty-second big boxed babel of brilliant bibliophilic brain battering by Deiradiotes.



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Dear Socrates

Having returned from the turn of the Fourth Century B.C. to the turn of the Twenty-First A.D., Socrates eagerly signed on as a Philosophy Now columnist so that he could continue to carry out his divinely-inspired dialogic mission. Now, a decade later, he hears a distant summons…

Am I a Plagiarist?: ‘Teleporter on Trial’ on Trial

by Joel Marks

A Smile At Waterloo Station

Raymond Tallis on the true mystery of memory.


I Am A Strange Loop by Douglas Hofstadter

Scott O’Reilly loops the loop with Douglas Hofstadter.

The Meaning of Life by Terry Eagleton

Ernest Dempsey finds out the meaning of life from Terry Eagleton.

New Atheist Books

Tim Madigan has a New Atheist round-up.


Terri Murray responds to a shocking film in a shocking way, with the help of Lewis Rose.


The Death of Pythagoras

Bruce Pennington tells us how Pythagoras became a has-bean, while another Bruce Pennington drew the portraits…

On reading Ayer at 7.00 am

by Maggie Adams

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