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Från taktik till förundran: Om ateistiska beteenden och bevekelsegrunder
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology, Studies in Faith and Ideologies, Systematic Theology and Studies in World Views.
2012 (Swedish)In: Teologi / [ed] Mazdak Shafieian, Jörn H. Svaeren, Oslo: Sola Scriptura , 2012, 153-164 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In this chapter I discern three modes of atheism in the contemporary debate. I call them positive atheism, friendly atheism and struggling atheism. From a philosophical point of view, these three modes represent three very different approaches to basic questions implicated by atheistic beliefs, such as the theoretical question of Gods non-existence, the political question of the social danger of religious life in society, and moral question of tolerance, etc. The purpose of the paper is to clarify some of these differences in order to facilitate a more advanced and multilayered debate between atheism and religious belief in God; one that respects the rich historical relations between humanism, religion and theology. I am especially interested in the social and political harshness that often haunts the debate on atheism and the existence of God. To approach this problem I relate to Richard Rortys’ notion “anticlericalism”. I have borrowed the notion “friendly atheism” from William L. Rowe. Rowe has his own threefold topology of variants of atheism, and I relate some of my notions to his typology, although the outcome is very different from his.

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Oslo: Sola Scriptura , 2012. 153-164 p.
Keyword [sv]
Ateism, Antiklerikalism, Guds existens, Rorty, Liedman, Rowe, Nyateism
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
Systematic Theology and Studies in Worldviews
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-179383ISBN: 978-82-303-2075-4OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-179383DiVA: diva2:544458
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