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Evolution of Atheism, The - The Politics of a Modern Movement

Evolution of Atheism, The - The Politics of a Modern Movement
Borító: Kötött
ISBN: 9780190225179
Nyelv: angol
Méret: 23.5
Oldalszám: 280
Megjelenés éve: 2015
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Evolution of Atheism, The - The Politics of a Modern Movement

Argues that the New Atheism has parallels with religious fundamentalism
Shows that divisions among atheists threaten to fracture the movement
Rejects the widely accepted understanding of contemporary atheism as grounded in liberalism, instead arguing for the existence of an "atheist Right" that mirrors the Christian Right
Contributes to ongoing public debates about the role of religion in public life and in politics

Despite its seemingly straightforward premise—the rejection of religion—atheism has a complex history and an uncertain future. In this groundbreaking, cross-disciplinary study of the New Atheism movement, Stephen LeDrew fills a void within current scholarship on the subject by approaching New Atheism critically and historically, both as an intellectual current as well as a global movement.

The book`s title reflects the ways in which atheism has changed and become more complex since it was born in the Enlightenment. But it also points to the central importance of the concept of evolution in the dominant form of atheist discourse, which involves both defending Darwinian evolution against religious beliefs and applying the theory of evolution to humanity`s social development. The Evolution of Atheism examines this "scientific" version of atheism that defends, above all else, a narrative of modernity as an evolutionistic progression from superstition and ignorance to scientific rationality. Yet this stands in contrast to the other forms of atheism, which take a very different approach to religion and modernity, and are rooted in very different political visions. LeDrew argues that these evolving understandings of what atheism means, and how it should be put into action, are threatening to irrevocably fragment the movement.

Drawing from campaigns, publications, podcasts, and in-depth interviews, LeDrew offers a picture of a movement confounded in its attempts to define itself by a complex and sometimes self-contradictory set of discourses, and of groups of people united only by their lack of faith struggling to maintain cohesion in the face of deep divisions.

Table of Contents

Introduction
Chapter 1: The Evolution of Atheism
Chapter 2: The New Atheism
Chapter 3: A Light in a Dark Jungle
Chapter 4: The Secular Movement
Chapter 5: The Moral Minority
Chapter 6: The Atheist Right
Chapter 7: Roots of Tension
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index

Stephen LeDrew is a Post doctoral Fellow in the Department of Theology at Uppsala University.




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