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Blessed, precious mistakes: deconstruction, evolution, and New Atheism in America

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This paper explores the ways that Daniel C. Dennett’s bestselling 2006 book Breaking the Spell traffics in a set of distinctly American presumptions about the relationship between religion and science. In this Americanized atheism, religion is presumed to be a set of logically organized propositional beliefs–a misbegotten science in need of correction or elimination. I show that a convergent critique, drawing on both evolutionary theory and deconstruction, highlights the limitations of this a...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed
Version:
Accepted manuscript

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10.1007/s11153-014-9446-5

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, HUM, Theology Faculty, Theology and Religion Faculty
Publisher:
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht Publisher's website
Journal:
International Journal for Philosophy of Religion Journal website
Volume:
76
Issue:
1
Pages:
75–94
Publication date:
2014-02-18
Acceptance date:
2014-02-05
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EISSN:
1572-8684
ISSN:
0020-7047
URN:
uuid:091855f8-fa8f-43c3-ad6b-d97f26bd28a9
Source identifiers:
620637
Local pid:
pubs:620637
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