Atheists don’t own reason, points out Tom Gilson

Atheists don’t own reason

The new atheists — participants in the contemporary anti-religion movement led by Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, the late Christopher Hitchens, among others — are working overtime to tell the world that reason favors atheism, and atheism alone.

. . . For years, though, knowledgeable critics have been calling attention to new atheist’ rational fallacies, emotionally loaded rhetoric, and illegitimate, selective use of evidence.  It’s time now to add that up together and recognize what it means: the new atheists have no business proclaiming themselves the defenders of reason, simply because they don’t practice it competently.

. . . From my observations, it adds up to this: the new atheists’ difficulty with valid, responsible reasoning is widespread and systemic.  Far from being the defenders of reason, they are among the chief offenders against it.  It’s time we called them on that.

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