What is a Reasonable worldview? Are the "New Atheists" truly the party of reason as loudly proclaimed at the recent D.C. Reason Rally? I recently ran across a new book, True Reason: Christian Responses to the Challenge of Atheism that directly answers many of these issues. Using the leaders of this movement's own words, this book clearly shows that many of their favorite arguments against God and religion are based on faulty reasoning and even emotional appeal (or blog flames). Contrary to the claim of the so-called "Brights", this collection of articles presents a clear case that rational discourse and reasoning fit better within a Christian Theistic worldview than the naturalistic, materialistic worldview of the New Atheists.
As explored in this series of essays, the worldview of the Naturalist fails to provide grounding for many important concepts, such as: the origin and existence of our universe, why there is fine-tuning of the cosmos and of biological systems, human consciousness, the ability to trust our reasoning ability, the existence of universal abstract entities such as the laws of logic, the consistency and reproducibility of Nature, or even why things like knowledge have any intrinsic value at all. Because of this, Naturalism cannot truly even provide a foundation for science itself. Ultimately the worldview of Naturalism is without objective meaning or hope. Given this worldview, are there really even any moral "oughts" or requirements on us? What would be the justification for them? The worldview of the New Atheists provides at best a poor foundation to build upon.
An important point here is not that the Naturalistic worldview cannot give answers to many of the issues mentioned above. The real issue is "on what basis"? What are they grounded on? Is there anything that is intrinsic or objective about them? How are these beliefs justified? That is the Achilles heel of this kind of worldview.
BTW, the book mentioned above is available as a Kindle eBook for less than a Happy Meal, so anyone truly interested in examining this topic in depth, should be able to do so. This will challenge, or even offend, followers of Dawkins, Harris, Hitchens, et al. But seekers of True Reason are willing to follow the Truth wherever it leads. Is your worldview truly "Reasonable"?