By Nick Spencer
Instead of treating atheism simply as a philosophical or medical suggestion concerning the non-existence of God, Atheists: The foundation of the Species locations the circulation in its right social and political context. simply because atheism in Europe constructed in response to the Christianity that ruled the continent's highbrow, social and political existence, it followed, tailored and reacted opposed to its associations in addition to its principles. therefore, the heritage of atheism is as a lot approximately social and political hobbies because it is medical or philosophical rules.
This is the tale not just of Hobbes, Hume, and Darwin, but in addition of Thomas Aitkenhead hung for blasphemous atheism, Percy Shelley expelled for adolescent atheism, and the Marquis de Sade imprisoned for libertine atheism; of the French innovative Terror and the Soviet League of the Militant Godless; of the increase of the U.S. non secular correct and of Islamic terrorism.
Looking at atheism in its complete sociopolitical context is helping clarify why it has regarded so very various in numerous nations. It additionally explains why there was a up to date upsurge in atheism, fairly in Britain and the united states, the place faith has without notice come to play one of these major position in political beliefs. This leads us to a a bit of paradoxical end: we should always count on to listen to extra approximately atheism sooner or later for the easy cause that God is back.
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