Denying and Disclosing God: The Ambiguous Progress of Modern Atheism

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Yale University Press, 2004 - Religion - 173 pages
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In this stimulating book distinguished theologian Michael J. Buckley, S.J., reflects upon the career of atheism from the beginnings of modernity to the present day. Extending the discussion he began in his highly acclaimed At the Origins of Modern Atheism, the author argues that atheism as ideology was generated neither by the rise of hostile sciences in the Renaissance nor by the medieval and inferential theology of Thomas Aquinas.

Professor Buckley locates the origins of atheistic consciousness in modernity’s bracketing of interpersonal religious experience as of no cognitive value. Atheism was generated by the very strategies formulated to counter it. This dialectical character of modern atheism suggests the further possibility of the negation of this negation, thereby bringing about the retrieval of the religious in form and content along with a new admission of the cogency of religious experience.

 

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Contents

A Dialectical Pattern in the Emergence
25
Thomas Aquinas and the Rise of Modern
48
God as the Antihuman
71
The Negation of Atheism
120
Abbreviations
139
Index of Names
164
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Michael J. Buckley, S.J., is University Professor of Theology at Boston College. He has published extensively in systematic theology, philosophy, spirituality, science and theology, and the history of ideas.

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