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date: 28 June 2022

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By the term ‘New Atheism’ several authors and their books are subsumed under one label, most prominently The God Delusion (2006) by Richard Dawkins, Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon (2006) by Daniel Dennett, The End of Faith: Religion, Terror and the Future of Reason (2004) by Sam Harris, and God Is Not Great: Religion Poisons Everything (2007) by Christopher Hitchens. Besides an introduction to the ideas expressed in these books and the reception of the ‘New Atheists’ in the public discourse, the article comprises a criticism of the label ‘New Atheism’.

Keywords: New Atheism, New Atheist, Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Sam Harris, Christopher Hitchens, The God Delusion, Breaking the Spell, discourse analysis, public discourse

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