Those who do not know their opponent's arguments do not completely understand their own.
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Table of Contents
Why Consider Opposing Viewpoints? 11
Chapter 1 What Is the State of Atheism?
Chapter Preface 19
1 Atheists Question God's Existence Barbara Ehrenreich 21
2 Western Religions Accept God's Existence Roger Scruton 26
3 Children Should Be Raised with an Awareness of Atheism Nica Lalli 32
4 The "New Atheism" Movement Considers Religion Morally Wrong Albert Mohler 37
Periodical Bibliography 46
Chapter 2 What Is Atheism's Impact on Society?
Chapter Preface 48
1 Atheism Benefits Society James A. Haught 51
2 Atheism Harms Society Dinesh D'Souza 57
3 Society Does Not Need Religion Frank R. Zindler 63
4 Society Needs Religion Michael J. Buckley 72
5 Atheism Teaches Morality and Ethics Paul Kurtz 81
6 Only Religion Can Teach Morality and Ethics Stephen J. Pope 94
Periodical Bibliography 103
Chapter 3 What Are the Major Concerns of Atheism? 105
Chapter Preface 105
1 There Should Be Separation of Church and State Marci Hamilton 108
2 There Should Be No Separation of Church and State Warner Todd Huston 116
3 There Should Be Prayer and Bible Study in Public Schools Stephen Prothero Patton Dodd 127
4 There Should Not Be Prayer and Bible Study in Public Schools Rob Boston 135
5 Religious Freedom Laws Are Discriminatory and Unnecessary Institute for Humanist Studies 141
6 Religious Freedom Laws Are Necessary Christopher J. Klicka 149
Periodical Bibliography 158
Chapter 4 What Is the Future of Atheism?
Chapter Preface 160
1 Atheism Has a Future Gene Madeo 162
2 Atheism Does Not Have a Future Alister McGrath 167
3 Science and Religion Can Coexist Stafford Betty 175
4 Science and Religion Cannot Coexist Keith Lockitch 180
5Atheists Disagree About Incorporating Religious Customs and Traditions into Atheism Sean McManus 184
Periodical Bibliography 195
For Further Discussion 196
Organizations to Contact 198
Bibliography of Books 203