Seven types of atheism by John Gray

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  • Atheism,
  • History

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StatementJohn Gray
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LC ClassificationsBL2747.3 .G68 2018b
The Physical Object
Paginationvi, 170 pages
Number of Pages170
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Open LibraryOL26976502M
ISBN 100374261091
ISBN 109780374261092
LC Control Number2018004947
OCLC/WorldCa1019949622

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The positive evidence for the historical Jesus deserves (at least) a footnote in a book tracing the history of atheist thought amidst its interactions with critics.

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The first type, represented by “the new atheists,” is also the least interesting. Seven Types of Atheism contains the same essential idea as Straw Dogs more than 15 years ago – and, like then, Gray skips over counter-arguments, rather than tackling them head on.

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Atheism and the focus of this book. At the outset of his book, Professor Gray defines atheism, “an atheist is anyone with no use for the idea of a divine mind that has fashioned the world. Seven Types of Atheism is a rather uneasy mix – as though, while giving a history lecture, Gray is handing out derogatory notes about the people he is discussing.

Discussing the racism of the Enlightenment and the s, for instance, he makes two revealing omissions. Seven Types of Atheism, by John N. Gray is a book I have been meaning to get my hands on for a few months is my favorite living philosopher for a number of reasons, mostly related to his ability to critique most of the currents in European political thought from a kind of Taoist-Antihumanist position.

“to read Seven Types of Atheism is to wrestle with what it means to be alive.”. It’s ironically fitting that early Christians were called atheists and modern atheists can only exist within a Christian context.

“An atheist,” John Gray writes in his new book Seven Types of Atheism, is “anyone with no use for the idea of a divine mind that has fashioned the world.”.

A brief philosophy of irreligion for general readers, with a roll call of notable male atheists since antiquity. Gray (The Soul of the Marionette: A Short Inquiry into Human Freedom,etc.) has had it with what passes for atheism these ing his own schema of seven thematic types, each chapter gives an overview of historical trends in godless thinking, focusing on a few famous.

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Along a spectrum that ranges from the convictions of “God-haters” like the Marquis de Sade to the mysticism of Arthur. SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER 'A highly readable, fascinating book that jerks the debate on religion versus atheism right out of its crusted rut into the light of serious intellectual scrutiny' Observer A meditation on the importance of atheism in the modern world - and its inadequacies and contradictions - by one of Britain's leading philosophers4/5(1).

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But it is not a text book outlining these main ideas of Atheism. Seven Types of Atheism is an impressively erudite work, ranging from the Gnostics to Joseph Conrad, St Augustine to Bertrand Russell. In the end, it settles for a brand of atheism that finds enough mystery in the material world itself without needing to supplement it with a higher one.

D espite its title, which is an allusion to William Empson’s Seven Types of Ambiguity, John Gray’s new book is not really about atheism. It refers to various famous atheists, but essentially.

Seven Types of Atheism challenges the presuppositions and positions of contemporary atheists and secular liberals in this powerful book. By looking back at mystical atheists such as Meister. Despite its title, which is an allusion to William Empson’s Seven Types of Ambiguity, John Gray’s new book is not really about atheism.

It refers to various famous atheists, but essentially it is an account of the course of human history as Gray understands it, and it goes, broadly speaking, something like this. In pagan times there were many gods and you could worship whichever ones you.

John Gray's Seven Types of Atheism is a lucid, compelling and — for the five types of atheism most commonly encountered — destructive book which would repay thinking Christians and atheists to read with some care.

To reduce his thesis to a single lemma, he argues that the five types of atheism most frequently encountered are really just /5(69).

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Philosopher John Grey’s book Seven Types of Atheism is not principally focused on contemporary organized atheism; it deals with the so-called “New Atheists” consisting of Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens and Sam Harris in a single chapter. Yet Grey’s book is an important work precisely because it offers a reminder that atheism does.

Book Summary: The title of this book is Seven Types of Atheism and it was written by John particular edition is in a Hardcover format. This books publish date is and it has a suggested retail price of $Pages: In his entertaining and at times troubling new book Seven Types of Atheism, John Gray describes the scene in the University of Berlin in s where Arthur Schopenhauer scheduled his lectures to compete with the intellectual celebrity of the day, GWF Hegel.

While only a handful of students felt inclined to listen to Schopenhauer’s pessimistic take on humanity, people flocked to hear Hegel.

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