Hating God The Untold Story of Misotheism

ISBN-10: 0199751382
ISBN-13: 9780199751389
Edition: 2010
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Description: While atheists 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $21.99
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/25/2010
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 272
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

While atheists 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, 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.

Introduction
A Brief History of Misotheism
Six Case Studies in Literary Misotheism
Absolute Misotheism I: Paganism, Radicalism, and Algernon Swinburne's War Against God
Agonistic Misotheism I: Faith, Doubt, and Zora Neale Hurston's Resistance to God
Agonistic Misotheism II: Bad Fathers, Historical Crises, and Rebecca West's Accusations Against God
Agonistic Misotheism III: Divine Apathy, the Holocaust, and Elie Wiesel's Wrestling with God
Absolute Misotheism II: Perverse Worshippers, Divine Avatars, and Peter Shaffer's Attacks Against God
Absolute Misotheism III: Anticlericalism, Deicide, and Philip Pullman's Liberal Crusade Against God
Conclusion
Notes
Works Cited
Index

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