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
- Publication Date: 19/07/2018
- Category: Religion & beliefs
- ISBN: 9781108427982