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The New Atheism and Religious Fundamentalism: Are They a Mirror Image of Each Other

The New Atheism and Religious Fundamentalism: Are They a Mirror Image of Each Other

Dein Simon

University College London

s.dein@ucl.ac.uk

ABSTRACT

Despite the fact that the new atheists are vehemently opposed to religious fundamentalists and their teachings there are marked similarities between the two groups. In this paper I analyse new atheism in terms of fundamentalist characteristics discussed by the Fundamentalism Project: Reactivity, dualism, absolutism and inerrancy, apocalypticism. Additionally both underscore the role of evidentialism. From my analysis of these characteristics I conclude that the movement is fundamentalist

 

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Science, Religion and Culture

March

Vol. 3, Iss. 1 Pages 1-57

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