The new atheists: the twilight of reason and the war on religion


There is a new breed of atheist about and, led by the fearsome Dawkins, and flanked by Hitchens and Harris, they are on a zealous crusade to free us from our dark-age delusions about religion, and take us to the enlightened kingdom of scientific rationalism. Thankfully, there are thoughtful academics like Tina Beattie around to plead for mutual understanding, that we stop cheap point-scoring on either side of the debate. A professor in Catholic studies at Roehampton University and President of the Catholic Theological Association of Great Britain, she’s also a specialist in gender and human rights issues, and a prolific author and broadcaster. Deluded about God? This one ain’t.

Tina Beattie