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The New Atheism, Myth, and History : the Black Legends of Contemporary Anti-Religion

Author: Nathan Johnstone
Publisher: Cham, Switzerland : Palgrave Macmillan, [2018] ©2018
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This book examines the misuse of history in New Atheism and militant anti-religion. It looks at how episodes such as the Witch-hunt, the Inquisition, and the Holocaust are mythologized to present religion as inescapably prone to violence and discrimination, whilst the darker side of atheist history, such as its involvement in Stalinism, is denied. At the same time, another constructed history--that of a perpetual  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version :
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Nathan Johnstone
ISBN: 9783319894560 3319894560
OCLC Number: 1040032117
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Contents: Introduction: History and the New Atheism --
Superstition and the Stake: Witch-hunting and the Terrible Consequences of Believing in the Supernatural --
Faith and the Stake: Heresy and Religious Totalitarianism --
Chalking up Six Million Deaths to Religion: Appropriating the Holocaust --
The Rational Tradition and Atomism --
Heroes and Martyrs: Witch-Hunting and the Dangers of Scepticism --
The Hostile Utopia: Atheist Oppression and the Assault on Religion in the USSR --
From the Spanish Toca to the American Waterboard: the Strange Yardstick of Ethical Progress --
Atheism, Religion and the Myth of Cultural Distance --
The Moderation of the Unfinished Thought: Militancy, Polemical Cavalierism and Atheisms.
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This book examines the misuse of history in New Atheism and militant anti-religion. In a number of detailed case studies, the book traces how these myths have long been overturned by historians, and  Read more...

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