In this bold and provocative new book, the author of In the Beginning and The Reenchantment of Nature challenges the widely held assumption that the world. The Twilight of Atheism has ratings and 42 reviews. In the Twilight of Atheism, Alister McGrath gives readers a historical overview of atheism that includes. The Twilight of Atheism. Why this once exciting and ‘liberating’ philosophy failed to capture the world’s imagination. by Alister McGrath|.
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With numerous books which explore religion from a sociological standpoint, trying to explain believer’s faith through economic, social, or other causes, it is good to see atheism receiving a similar treatment. Fair enough, if that’s as far as it went — zlister, of course, he tries to take the godless worldview down with him. A former atheist who is now one of Christianity’s foremost scholars, McGrath traces the history of atheism from its emergence in mcgfath Europe as a revolutionary worldview that offered liberation from the rigidity of traditional Christianity and the oppression of tyrannical monarchs, to its golden age in the first half of the twentieth century.
He is highly sympathetic as a former leader in atheism and is able to show the true foundations of the movement in men such as Ludwig Feuerbach. But I found myself wanting a more casual conversation rather than the dry, detailed, detached lecture from a professor.
McGrath is unfortunately correct in noting that the waning fortunes of global Communism impacted the appeal of atheism:. I do not disbelieve out of spite or on behalf of a political agenda or because of any youthful trauma relating to religious practices.
We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Also, when the godless cultures that many atheists previously yearned for did arrive, such as in communist Russia, they proved to be just as oppressive, intolerant and violent as the worst that any religious culture ever was. It is only when the book begins to look at the future of atheism does it begin to lose steam.
Daniel Dennett’s recent book Breaking the Spell offers the tentative but tantalizing hypothesis that religious belief has evolved not from human activity but through human activity and not always to positive effect. I confess I had not preeviously heard of Feuerbach, but that may just be my ignorance.
As for the ‘twilight’ concept, I don’t think he was wise to use the word in the title or the concept in the structure of his book. Atheism offers something romantic and liberating, but it also has a more serious problem dealing with the modernistic view of “truth” even though modernity led us into the destructive paths it laid in the last century.
In conflating the concepts of atheism and the conventional understanding of “faith”, McGrath also makes another crucial error — mistaking atheism, an idea, with atheism as a mass movement. Stay in Touch Sign up. I found this alistrr to be enough of a challenge to keep it interesting, but not so dense as to overwhelm – a superb introduction to thinking critically about atheism.
He writes of the salient junctures in Western intellectual history that brought modern atheism into a credible worldview. There are countless other beliefs that can not be proved — ncgrath whose falseness hence also defies proof.
Later on he even says “[a] Pentecostal worship experience is going to trump anything atheism can offer by way of the secular equivalent of worship.
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The Twilight of Atheism: The Rise and Fall of Disbelief in the Modern World
Atheism rose to prominence in part through the French Revolution and its significant critique of the failings of the French Church, the intellectual ideas of Feuerbach, Marx and Freud who all critique belief in God as ths flaw in humanity, and the rise of natural science specifically evolution.
Oh, he’s clever alright in framing the argument as either-or, and presenting theism and atheism as the two possible sides of the coin.
He’s probably onto something when he indicates that the lack of strong atheistic artistic models lessens the ideas fo for a great many people. Just like every house must begin with a foundation, these core beliefs, hence religion, are not optional—everyone has them. Published February twiligjt by WaterBrook first published January 1st Looking for beautiful books?
There are some times, also, when the consistency of the argument seems to suffer, for example, in the s, was the “death of God” movement a serious perception or wasn’t it? Oct 21, David rated it really liked it Shelves: Let me stress the point: McGrath is noted for his work in historical theology, systematic theology, and the relationship between mcgraath and religion, as well as his writings on apologetics.
The 60 Best Songs of Popularity, mcgrtah, is surely not proof of anything in such matters. I saw myself on many pages of this book. Interestingly, he doesn’t worry about the church-message all that much — it’s the user-friendliness he focusses on, how opening one’s heart to the Christian god can be made more appealing, regardless of what that actually means.
This, at least, is my admittedly biased interpretation of McGrath’s most salient points.
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By claiming atheism pompously “proclaimed that the world could be fully understood and subsequently mastered” and then noting the obvious world mastery and understanding? Self-proclaimed prophets are a dime a dozen, and any religious movement probably contains similar embarrassing characters.
Read this with my reading partner – his choice – but I am glad to have read it. It is this baby he throws out with the bathwater that is his book, unfortunately.
I was surprised to read p that ‘The role of religion in creating and sustaining communal identity has been known for some considerable time, and has become increasingly important since about ‘; I think it’s just possible that religion played an important role in creating and sustaining communal identity for quite a long time prior to that date.