The conflict among atheism and faith has turn into the defining conflict of the twenty first century. Books on and approximately atheism continue excessive profile and recognition, and atheist pursuits on either side of the Atlantic seize headlines with high-profile campaigns and advertisements. in spite of the fact that, little or no has been written at the heritage of atheism, and this ebook fills that conspicuous hole.
Instead of treating atheism simply as a philosophical or medical proposal concerning the non-existence of God, Atheists: The starting place 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 lifestyles, it followed, tailored and reacted opposed to its associations in addition to its principles. consequently, the heritage of atheism is as a lot approximately social and political events because it is clinical or philosophical principles.
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 united states non secular correct and of Islamic terrorism.
Looking at atheism in its complete sociopolitical context is helping clarify why it has seemed so very various in several international locations. It additionally explains why there was a contemporary upsurge in atheism, relatively in Britain and the USA, the place faith has without notice come to play the sort of major function in political views. This leads us to a slightly paradoxical end: we should always anticipate to listen to extra approximately atheism sooner or later for the easy cause that God is back.