At the Origins of Modern Atheism by Michael J. Buckley

By Michael J. Buckley

During this e-book, Michael J. Buckley investigates the increase of contemporary atheism, arguing convincingly that its roots succeed in again to the 17th century, while Catholic theologians started to name upon philosophy and science-rather than any intrinsically non secular experience-to shield the life of god. Buckley discusses intimately thinkers akin to Lessius, Mersenne, Descartes, and Newton, who lead the way for the specific atheism of Diderot and D'Holbach within the eighteenth century. "[A] capaciously realized and brilliantly written book....This is among the best and heavily argued works on theology that i've got learn within the final decade."-Lawrence S. Cunningham, Theology this present day

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Asked ope. Did he lose his way like a child? asked another. Or is he hiding? Is he afraid of us? " The difference between the Madman and the market crowds was not that one believed in the reality of god and the other did not. Neither believed, and god died in the event of his own incredibility. But the Madman alone knows what they have done, what they have lost. "I will tell you. We have killed him—you and I. All of us are his murderers. But how did we do this? How could we drink up the sea? Who gave us the sponge to wipe away the entire horizon?

It would be false to tax the Enlightenment with indifference to religion. 2 It would be even more accurate to assert that much of it was irrevocably hostile to supernatural revelation and confessional beliefs. "3 That strangely gifted genius, Denis Diderot, summarized both the Aufklarung and its central persuasion in the title to his work, De la suffisance de la religion naturelle: individual, historical religions rise and fall. They have made the world ugly with their fratricidal wars and endless dogmatic controversies.

78 Nietzsche's Madman and Zarathustra announce "this tremendous event" itself: the transition into incredibility, as belief in the Christian god became unbelievable, which demands inquiry. What is this transition, this event still so far distant from most human beings? When a judgment so recent in its earliest proponents and so massive in the contradictions it offers to religious consciousness gathers force and adherents so swiftly that within two hundred years it commands the convictions of numerous major thinkers in the West and the attention of all, the event out of which it issued legitimately and urgently claims examination.

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