So classes have started up again for the fall semester. Currently I am enrolled in a class called World Religions which is essentially the study of different religions of our world. Our text book is the seventh edition of Living Religions by Mary Pat Fisher, in it being a very interesting definition of atheism.
"Atheism is the belief that there is no deity. Atheists may reject theistic belief because they seem to be incompatible with the existence of evil in the world, or because there is little or no concrete proof that God exists, or because theistic beliefs seem unscientific, or because they inhibit human independence. A movement called "New Atheism" is attacking religious faith as being not only wrong, but actually evil because it can be used to support violence....The leading figure in the New Atheism movement is Richard Dawkins, Oxford Professor of the Public Understand of Science and author of The Selfish Gene and The God Delusion. Around him a debate is raging about whether science itself is fully "scientific," in the sense of being totally objective, or whether it is a culturally-shaped enterprise based on unproven assumptions, the same criticism that its atheistic proponents make about religious faith."
So to keep it short, does anyone know where this is coming from? How can science be culturally driven?