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By Tina Beattie

From its slow decline through the latter a part of the 20 th century, faith has been catapulted again into public attention, now not least by means of acts of violence, extremism and numerous varieties of fundamentalism.In this energetic and outstanding contribution to the controversy the major feminist theologian, Tina Beattie, argues that the specter of non secular fanaticism is reflected by way of a no much less virulent and ignorant secular fanaticism which has taken carry of the highbrow sessions. Its excessive Priest is Richard Dawkins, writer of "The God Delusion", yet its disciples and acolytes contain major opinion formers and commentators equivalent to A C Grayling and Christopher Hitchens, the journalist Polly Toynbee and the novelists Martin Amis and Ian McEwan. "The New Atheists" demands a extra reasoned and artistic discussion among believers and non-believers approximately questions which impinge deeply on all our lives, and may intrigue each open-minded reader, believer or non-believer.

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