This discourse contains perhaps the boldest of Nietzsche's suggestions concerning Atheism, as well as some extremely penetrating remarks upon the sentiment of pity.
Certainly, this is one aspect of a certain kind of Atheism--the Atheism of the man who reveres beauty to such an extent that his own ugliness, which outrages him, must be concealed from every eye lest it should not be respected as Zarathustra respected it.
Is it not therefore, a first step towards atheism
to efface every sign of pious sorrow in this way, to neglect to impress on children who are not yet old enough to reflect, and on all other people who stand in need of example, the necessity of obedience to human law, by openly manifested resignation to the will of Providence, who chastens and consoles, who bestows and takes away worldly wealth?
Here are the lungs of that inspiration which giveth man wisdom and which cannot be denied without impiety and atheism
. We lie in the lap of immense intelligence, which makes us receivers of its truth and organs of its activity.
and humanism, the book is one of the most compelling pieces of literature produced in English on the subject of monotheism, the existence of God and the relationship between reason and revelation.
Alternatively, the atheist at this stage will hide behind semantics by providing a link to some article which lists unending varieties of atheism
. To be sure, there's elaborate vocabulary in place to differentiate between the different shades of lack of belief.
One sometimes gets the impression that religious and non-religous people alike consider agnosticism a more rational and sophisticated creed than atheism
. On the contrary, agnosticism differs from atheism
in name only.
SEVEN SHADES OF GRAY Seven Types of Atheism
, by John Gray.
For centuries since colonial times, American laws and court cases ignored the very existence of atheism
. It was only in the twentieth century, with the passage of allows that allowed conscientious objection to war, that atheism
became a part of debates about religious liberty.
Since John Gray is a capable thinker, knowledgeable about philosophy and a respecter of facts, the recent outburst of arguments for and even about atheism
, presented as if they were fresh discoveries, must have struck him as thin.
and the Burden of Proof, SHOAIB AHMED MALIK
would further marginalize nonbelievers in Egypt.