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After Atheism: Religion, Literature and Science
A Symposium with Terry Eagleton: Saturday 24th April 2010
In recent years, the ‘God Question’ has re-emerged with a vengeance. On the one hand, there has been a rash of best-selling polemics against God, religion and belief by Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens and others. On the other, there has also been a concerted defence of religious belief from Terry Eagleton, John Gray and Charles Taylor. This one-day symposium gathers together a range of international experts on religion, literature and culture – including the world-renowned literary critic Terry Eagleton – to consider the cultural significance of this debate. Why has the God Question re-emerged now? How has it impacted upon literature, culture and even politics? And what, finally, might come ‘after atheism’ – a new Enlightenment or the return of the religious?