Owen Anderson, an assistant professor of philosophy of religion in Arizona State University’s (ASU) New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, received notable press from ASU about his new book, The Clarity of God’s Existence: The Ethics of Belief after the Enlightenment (Wipf & Stock, 2008).
Currently, ASU is considered the largest state university in the country. According to the detailed and positive press release by the university, Anderson says,
“The audience for this is anyone who is interested in questions about religious belief in the modern world,” says the author, who has received a grant from the Harvard Pluralism Project to study the religious diversity of the greater Phoenix area. “Are authors like Harris, Dawkins and Hitchens correct in challenging the validity of one’s belief in God? Do they successfully show that there is an excuse for unbelief, or even that there is no excuse for belief? My book looks at the many ways the need for clarity has been avoided, and how excuses have built up. I then suggest ways this might be addressed. For this reason, it should be of interest to both the believer and the non-believer.”
Anderson, a contributor to Philosophia Christi, has also reviewed books on religion and public policy, philosophy of religion and philosophy of science.
UPDATE (10/15): See this other article from ASU’s student paper about Owen Anderson’s book.