John R. Shook

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According to the website Religious Studies Project:

John R. Shook is a scholar and professor living in the Washington, D.C. area. He was a professor of philosophy at Oklahoma State University from 2000 to 2006, and then joined the faculty of the Science and the Public online EdM program at the University at Buffalo, and he continues to be an instructor for this online program. Also, since 2006, he has worked for several secular and humanist organizations, including the Center for Inquiry, the American Humanist Association, the Humanist Institute, and the Institute for Humanist Studies, and for several years he was President of the Society of Humanist Philosophers. John has authored and edited more than a dozen books about science, pragmatism, naturalism, ethics, politics, and religion... He and Phil Zuckerman are editing the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Secularism.[1]

The Center for Inquiry indicates:

John Shook was Director of Education and Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Inquiry–Transnational in Amherst, N.Y., and Research Associate in Philosophy at the University at Buffalo, since 2006. He has authored and edited more than a dozen books, is a co-editor of three philosophy journals, and travels for lectures and debates across the United States and around the world.[2]

A Huffington Post bio of John R. Shooks indicates:

Shook publishes on philosophical topics about science, naturalism, neurophilosophy, ethics, democracy, secularism, and religion. Shook is an editor for three philosophy journals: Contemporary Pragmatism, Essays in the Philosophy of Humanism, and Philo: A Journal of Philosophy, and he also assists the editing of Philosophy and Public Policy. Among his books are Dewey’s Empirical Theory of Knowledge and Reality (authored, 2000), Pragmatic Naturalism and Realism (edited, 2003), Blackwell Companion to Pragmatism (co-edited, 2005), Ectogenesis: Artificial Womb Technology and the Future of Human Reproduction (co-edited, 2006), The Future of Naturalism (co-edited, 2009), John Dewey’s Philosophy of Spirit (co-authored with James Good, 2010), The God Debates: A 21st Century Guide for Atheists, Believers, and Everyone in Between (authored, 2010), and The Essential William James (edited, 2011).[3]

Debate: John R. Shook vs. Christian apologist William Lane Craig

See also: Atheism debates and Atheism vs. Christianity debates

John R. Shook's 2008 debate with the Christian apologist William Lane Craig held at the University of British Columbia (video):

Review of the book Systematic Atheology: Atheism’s Reasoning with Theology by John R. Shook

Philosophy Professor Chris Tweedt, who teaches at Christopher Newport University, wrote a review of the book Systematic Atheology: Atheism's Reasoning with Theology by John R. Shook.[4]

An excerpt of his review is given below:

This book, "composed mainly for the edification of atheism's defenders," (p. 37) is an attempt to understand and defend atheism in an organized way. The book is divided into three sections. The first attempts to define 'atheist', 'atheology', and their relationship by tracking historical uses of the terms. The second is an extensive history of atheistic and atheological western philosophers, and the third, which occupies the last half of the book, is an attempt to systematically undermine every kind of argument for the existence of a god.

The book's primary strength is its extensive historical summary in chapters 5-6. Though not in depth and sometimes (though rarely) inaccurate, the summary would be an excellent starting point for those wishing to familiarize themselves with the history of atheism and atheology among western philosophers. (For the sake of brevity, this section is not addressed in the more detailed review below.)

The book's primary weaknesses are its lack of clarity and its absence of fair representation and careful analysis of theistic arguments. The third part contains simplistic versions of theistic arguments and cursory dismissals with significantly less carefulness and charity than one should expect from an academic philosophy book. It is worth noting that the level of care and effort in faithfully representing, objecting to, strengthening, and reexamining theistic arguments typical among philosophers of religion is not modeled by the brusqueness displayed in the second half of this book.[5]

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  4. JOHN R. SHOOK, Systematic Atheology: Atheism's Reasoning with Theology, Reviewed by Chris Tweedt, Christopher Newport University
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