"Atheism on the cheap"
The Marxist critic Terry Eagleton isn't impressed by the New Atheists and their critique of God. In his new book, Reason, Faith and Revolution, he tries to put manners on Dawkins, Hitchins and their ilk. Whether he succeeds is another question. And whether most Christians would be happy with the arguments he deploys in "defence" (if that's what it is) of belief, is even less certain. I say this only on the basis of Laurie Taylor's insightful interview with Eagleton. A fuller assessment must await the arrival of the book itself (it's bee ordered). A money quote from the interview:
"God didn't create the world. He loved it into being. Now what that means, God knows, but that's exactly what Aquinas was saying. The concept of God is what will not let you go. He will not let you slip through his fingers. It's that kind of unconditional love. If you like, that's impossible. We can only know conditional love, but if you are to have some kind of authentic idea of God that's the place from which you have to start, not seeing God as some kind of manufacturer."
Andrew O'Hehir reviews the book at Salon.com.
Here's a shorter attack on the new Atheists by Eagleton.