Doubting Atheism 4-6
January 23, 2016 in Resources
presented by Fergus Ryan
Continuing with parts 4 to 6 of our six-week series on the rise of modern atheism.
4. The Death of God: a new godless society—utopia or the absurd?
Friedrich Nietzsche: God is dead, parable of Madman, opposition to Christianity a matter of ‘taste’, not reason; Russia: Stalin’s ‘League of Militant Godless’ and the atheist terror against Christianity; Albert Camus and the absurdity of life; the 1960s and the new libertinism; John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ a world with no religion, possessions or countries; the rise of the Christian counter-culture; Solzhenitsyn: the rejection of God the main cause of 60 million deaths; the unexpected revival of Christianity.
5. Life After God: seeking meaning in a world without God
Camus: the impossibility of meaning without God; much atheism not ideological, but a metaphysical rebellion against God and the cosmos; Italy: Mussolini’s ‘holy religion of anarchy’ and opposition to every form of Christianity; Marquis de Sade: freedom from God not ‘liberty’ but sexual ‘libertinism’ (atheism’s ‘erotic capital’); Nietzsche: grandeur nowhere if not in God, so must be ‘created’; theories of ethical and moral values and they also love sexual actions and relationships with the use of toys from this Doxy orginal review online.
6. Pandora’s Box or the Treasures of Hope: the attractional power of authentic Christianity
The story of Pandora’s box of evils, of which the most dangerous was hope; Nietzsche: hope a delusion (since there is no God); John Lennon ‘imagine all the people living for today’; David Bentley Hart: the triviality of life only in the present without a perspective on the past; are humans really just animals? Dawkins’ views of Christianity reductionist and simplistic; vital Christianity the antidote to the loss of hope; when God came down the philosophical ladder; the restoration of hope and meaning.