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Nyateism vs teism-debatten: En analys av Dinesh D'Souza's argumentation
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology, History of Religions.
2013 (Swedish)Student paper other, 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

During the last few years the western world has seen an increasing interest in the topic of atheism, with bestselling books by writers like Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris and Christopher Hitchens. The critic of religions that these writers have brought to the table have not gone unmet, with writers like Dinesh D'Souza rushing to the defence of Chrisianity.

Taking on the arguments of New York Times bestselling author Dinesh D'Souza in the current debate on the existece of God and the usefullness of religion, I here examine the claim by D'Souza that atheism, in fact, is responsible for the worst mass murders of history. In taking D'Souza's arguments and analyzing them on its own philosophical merits, with methods like the process of elimination and information evaluation (i.e source criticism), I will here show just exactly how persuasive these arguments prove to be. In the following pages we will not only discuss the role of atheism in 20th centuary totalitarianism, but also answer questions like ”Was Hitler an atheist or a theist?”, ”Is atheism responsible for the worst crimes of history?” and ”Are people who believe in God in fact more moral the those who do not?”

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 31 p.
Keyword [sv]
Nyateism Dinesh D'Souza Ateism
National Category
Philosophy, Ethics and Religion
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-201865OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-201865DiVA: diva2:629621
Subject / course
History of Religions
Educational program
Freestanding course
2013-06-10, Uppsala, 14:30 (Swedish)
Available from: 2013-06-17 Created: 2013-06-17 Last updated: 2013-06-17Bibliographically approved

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