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Hating God: The Untold Story of Misotheism

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While atheists such as Richard Dawkins have now become public figures, there is another and perhaps darker strain of religious rebellion that has remained out of sight--people who hate God.

In this revealing book, Bernard Schweizer looks at men and women who do not question God's existence, but deny that He is merciful, competent, or good. Sifting through a wide range of literary and historical works, Schweizer finds that people hate God for a variety of reasons. Some are motivated by social injustice, human suffering, or natural catastrophes that God does not prevent. Some blame God for their personal tragedies. Schweizer concludes that, despite their blasphemous thoughts, these people tend to be creative and moral individuals, and include such literary lights as Friedrich Nietzsche, Mark Twain, Zora Neale Hurston, Rebecca West, Elie Wiesel, and Philip Pullman. Schweizer shows that literature is a fertile ground for God haters. Many authors, who dare not voice their negative attitude to God openly, turn to fiction to give vent to it. Indeed, Schweizer provides many new and startling readings of literary masterpieces, highlighting the undercurrent of hatred for God. Moreover, by probing the deeper mainsprings that cause sensible, rational, and moral beings to turn against God, Schweizer offers answers to some of the most vexing questions that beset human relationships with the divine.

Review:

"Schweizer, an associate professor of English at Long Island University (see InProfile in this issue), dissects the contemporary guard of angry atheists (Hitchens, Dawkins, Harris et al.) by placing the phenomenon in historical and literary context to show roots and development. He likes the term 'misotheism' to capture the virulence of the god-haters and draws mostly from misotheists from 1800 onward, though he looks at the book of Job. Most god-haters (including Shelley, Camus, and Zora Neale Hurston, whose inclusion might surprise some) have used literature to articulate and disguise their briefs against a divinity they blame for suffering, catastrophe, and/or mass slaughter. Schweizer's textual readings are close and careful. Some figures he concentrates on are less than compelling choices; nobody reads Swinburne anymore except graduate students of English. This book provides a useful reminder that a long history of cursing God precedes the present vogue--and society has not yet collapsed from the corrosive effects of angry atheism. (Nov.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

About the Author

Bernard Schweizer is Associate Professor of English at Long Island University.

Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

Part One: A Brief History of Misotheism

Part Two: Six Case Studies in Literary Misotheism

Absolute Misotheism I

Paganism, Radicalism, and Algernon Swinburne's War With God

Agonistic Misotheism I

Faith, Doubt, and Zora Neale Hurston's Secret War Against God

Agonistic Misotheism II

Bad Fathers, Historical Crises, and Rebecca West's Fluctuating Attitude Towards God

Agonistic Misotheism III

Divine Apathy, the Holocaust, and Elie Wiesel Wrestling With God

Absolute Misotheism II

Perverse Worshippers, Divine Artists, and Peter Shaffer's Plots Against God

Absolute Misotheism III

Children, Deicide, and Philip Pullman's Liberal Crusade against God

Conclusion

Bibliography

Product Details

ISBN:
9780199751389
Author:
Schweizer, Bernard
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
null, Bernard
Subject:
Atheism
Subject:
Religious
Subject:
Misotheism
Subject:
Christian Theology - General
Subject:
Religion
Subject:
Theology | Philosophy of Religion
Subject:
Religion & Theology | Philosophy of Religion
Subject:
Religion Comparative-General
Publication Date:
20101131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
6.3 x 9.3 x 0.9 in 1.044 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Schweizer, an associate professor of English at Long Island University (see InProfile in this issue), dissects the contemporary guard of angry atheists (Hitchens, Dawkins, Harris et al.) by placing the phenomenon in historical and literary context to show roots and development. He likes the term 'misotheism' to capture the virulence of the god-haters and draws mostly from misotheists from 1800 onward, though he looks at the book of Job. Most god-haters (including Shelley, Camus, and Zora Neale Hurston, whose inclusion might surprise some) have used literature to articulate and disguise their briefs against a divinity they blame for suffering, catastrophe, and/or mass slaughter. Schweizer's textual readings are close and careful. Some figures he concentrates on are less than compelling choices; nobody reads Swinburne anymore except graduate students of English. This book provides a useful reminder that a long history of cursing God precedes the present vogue--and society has not yet collapsed from the corrosive effects of angry atheism. (Nov.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
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