By Alan Charles Kors
Although so much historians have sought the roots of atheism within the heritage of "free thought," Alan Charles Kors contends that assaults at the life of God have been generated specifically through the power and controversies of orthodox theistic tradition itself. during this first quantity of a deliberate two-volume inquiry into the assets and nature of atheism, he indicates that orthodox lecturers and apologists in seventeenth-century France have been obliged through the common sense in their philosophical and pedagogical structures to create many versions of speculative atheism for heuristic reasons. strange in its huge sampling of the spiritual literature of the early-modern realized global, this booklet finds that the "great fratricide" between bitterly competing faculties of Aristotelian, Cartesian, and Malebranchist Christian proposal inspired theologians to refute every one other's proofs of God and to depict the guidelines in their theological competitors as atheistic. Such "fratricide" used to be no longer new within the background of Christendom, yet Kors demonstrates that its impression was once dramatically amplified via the increasing literacy of the 17th century. shooting the eye of the interpreting public, theological debate supplied highbrow grounds for the disbelief of the 1st iteration of atheistic thinkers.
Originally released in 1990.
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