In his review of Peter Watson’s The Age of Atheists, John L. Murphy provides an overview of the contents of the book, which turns out to be a brief overview of the history of Atheism and rationalism in late Western history. While a little verbose in places, Murphy presents a broad overview of shifting ideas and areas of focus from one group of humanist thinkers to another, all the way up to the present. He notes, “This quest for meaning may endure, parallel to or divergent from science. This search embraces a persistent appreciation that beyond facts hovers that which may forever suspend itself apart from our perception, no longer named God, still ineffable.” See the full article at:
One of the most important parts of developing meaningful dialogue between Christians and Atheists is building understanding. Murphy gives us a window into history from a humanist perspective, and the excitement he has for the topic is clearly evident. For those who do not want to dig into a 500+ page historical overview of Western philosophy, Murphy’s explanation of the book’s contents provides several highlights, as well as some insights into the concerns and debates raised during the development of the humanist movement.