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Atheism, Fundamentalism and the Protestant Reformation
Uncovering the Secret Sympathy

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  • Date Published: July 2018
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108427982

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  • 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.

    • Approaches the new atheism as the product of problems within Protestant theology and practice
    • While aiming for precision and academic rigor, this book is narrative-driven, and is written in an accessible way
    • Views the new atheism in particular, and anti-Christian thought in general, as examples of theology, employing many of the same beliefs and methods as Christian theologians
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    • Date Published: July 2018
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108427982
    • length: 278 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 158 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.54kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. The unfinished reformation
    2. Things fall apart
    3. An inductive theology
    4. The secret sympathy
    5. A house divided.

  • Author

    Liam Jerrold Fraser, University of Edinburgh
    Liam Jerrold Fraser is a Minister of Word and Sacrament of the Church of Scotland.

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