Stephen Snobelen

Dr. Snobelen's research and teaching interests include history of science (early modern and nineteenth century), science and religion, science in popular culture, the popularization of science, radical theology in the early modern period, and millenarianism. His primary research efforts are currently devoted to interpreting Isaac Newton’s theological manuscripts and understanding the relationships between Newton’s science and his religion.

Dr. Snobelen has consulted for and appeared in television documentaries on Isaac Newton, including Newton: The Dark Heretic. His most popular course is on science fiction film, which he uses to introduce historical, philosophical, and ethical themes about science and technology to undergraduates in the humanities, sciences, and engineering. He and his wife Julia have four children who help keep them grounded in the more important things of life.

 

  • How Should Christians Respond to the False Gods of the New Atheists?

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    How Should Christians Respond to the False Gods of the New Atheists? | Stephen Snobelen

    New Atheism provides an opportunity to bring clarity, to do soul-searching before casting the first stone, and to rise to higher standards. In this way, New Atheism is not a curse, bu... Read More >

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  • Scientism and the New Atheists

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    Scientism and the New Atheists | Stephen Snobelen

    How the New Atheists imperialistically devalue other ways of finding truth. Read More >

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  • Does Science Equal Atheism?

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    Does Science Equal Atheism? | Stephen Snobelen

    The formula “science = atheism” is widely accepted by New Atheists and their readers, even though virtually all historians understand that science does necessitate any par... Read More >

  • Reductionism in New Atheist Thought

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    Reductionism in New Atheist Thought | Stephen Snobelen

    Reductionism often involves not just simplification, but oversimplification; and, it carries a powerful emotional impact, especially when it pertains to human bein... Read More >

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  • Francis Collins and the New Atheists

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    Francis Collins and the New Atheists | Stephen Snobelen

    Well-known New Atheist writers exhibit intolerance of religious beliefs, including the religious beliefs of Christians in the sciences, such as BioLogos Founder Francis Collins. Read More >

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  • The Medieval Gap and New Atheists Today

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    The Medieval Gap and New Atheists Today | Stephen Snobelen

    What New Atheist authors won’t admit about the Middle Ages. Read More >

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  • Carl Sagan and the Myth of the Medieval Gap

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    Carl Sagan and the Myth of the Medieval Gap | Stephen Snobelen

    By drawing attention to the Myth of the Medieval Gap and other fantasies, Carl Sagan probably did more (unintentionally) to advance historical fiction than anyone since Andrew Dickson... Read More >

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  • New Atheists and the “Conflict” between Science and Religion

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    New Atheists and the “Conflict” between Science and Religion | Stephen Snobelen

    What the New Atheists want you to believe about the historical relationship between science and religion, and why it's entirely false.   Read More >

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  • Science, Religion and the New Atheism: Introduction

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    Science, Religion and the New Atheism: Introduction | Stephen Snobelen

    Stephen Snobelen discusses and critiques the New Atheists and the Conflict Thesis, or the view “that there is an essential conflict between science and religion.” Read More >

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