Atheism, Fundamentalism and the Protestant Reformation : Uncovering the Secret Sympathy, Hardback Book

Atheism, Fundamentalism and the Protestant Reformation : Uncovering the Secret Sympathy Hardback


In this study of new atheism and religious fundamentalism, this book advances two provocative - and surprising - arguments.

Liam Jerrold Fraser argues that atheism and Protestant fundamentalism in Britain and America share a common historical origin in the English Reformation, and the crisis of authority inaugurated by the Reformers.

This common origin generated two presuppositions crucial for both movements: a literalist understanding of scripture, and a disruptive understanding of divine activity in nature.

Through an analysis of contemporary new atheist and Protestant fundamentalist texts, Fraser shows that these presuppositions continue to structure both groups, and support a range of shared biblical, scientific, and theological beliefs.

Their common historical and intellectual structure ensures that new atheism and Protestant fundamentalism - while on the surface irreconcilably opposed - share a secret sympathy with one another, yet one which leaves them unstable, inconsistent, and unsustainable.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 278 pages, Worked examples or Exercises
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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  • Category: Religion & beliefs
  • ISBN: 9781108427982



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