The Last Superstition: A Refutation of the New Atheism

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St. Augustine's Press, 2010 - Religion - 299 pages
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But as Edward Feser shows in The Last Superstition, there is not, and never has been, any war between science and religion at all. There has instead been a conflict between two entirely philosophical worldviews: the classical "teleological vision" of Plato, Artistotle, Augustine, and Aquinas, on which purpose or goal-directedness is as inherent a feature of the material world as mass or electric charge; and the modern "mechanical" vision of Descartees, Hobbes, Locke, and Hume, according to which physical reality is comprised of nothing more than purposeless, meaningless particles in motion.

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The revival of Aristotelian-Thomistic metaphysics - the realism that gave rise to science is essential today. Feser shows this by example with various reductio ad absurdums like Eliminative ... Read full review

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I read "Breaking the Spell," "The God Delusion," "The End of Faith" and "God Is Not Great" consecutively. They were very interesting and thought provoking books. "The Last Superstition" however gave me an entirely new perspective on these last four books and is going to force me to have to read them again in this new light. When the simple idea that formal and final causes is the only difference in these two worldviews, and the will to stipulate which worldview to take is accounted for, we might very well see things differently. The Fallacy of Predetermination is when someone claims that any one truth contradicts another truth. This is never the case. To say that the "wall is black" contradicts "the wall is round" is ridiculous. Likewise, to say that belief in God is passed on by "the desire to trust the last generation" and "the desire to believe he exists" and the "psychological re-presenting of God to the mind in prayer" contradicts "God exists" is also fallacious. There can be many causes to one thing...which is more than what Dawkins calls an "Epistemological Safe Zone" for theists, rather it is the belief that there is meaning to life, in any form. Bravo to Feser in this book, it is a great read.  

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About the author (2010)

Edward Feser is associate professor of philosophy at Pasadena City College. His most recent books include Aquinas and The Last Superstition: A Refutation of the New Atheism.

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