Chapter Guide for "Twilight of Atheism" Essay
Faith and Critical Reasoning
-The French Revolution was one of the first instances were the ideas of atheism were made public.
- The Revolution led many of the clergy to be expelled from the state or killed.
- After the Fall of Berlin Wall, atheism declined in popularity.
- Russian Revolution continued what French Revolution started. People began to speak of atheism outside of their own homes.
- The classical version of atheism is vastly different than the atheism that is known today.
- Some consider “modern atheism” as one of the greatest achievements of human intellect.
- Immortalization in Greek myths meant “infinite extension of existence, not the infinite projection of moral …show more content…
The individuals at the forefront of the “revolt against God”, in Victorian England were poets and novelists.
Historians date the birth of ‘avowed’ or intentional atheism in Britain to around the year 1782
Credit for the serious advancement of atheism on he eve of the Victorian era is most due to William Godwin. He believed that social vision rested on the assumption of the perfectibility of humanity through reason.
Mary Robinson wrote that, “nature was emancipated from being God’s creation, and became a divinity in its own right.
Percy Shelley argued that since compelling evidence for the existence of God is lacking, here is no intellectual obligation to believe in God.
However, Shelley never explicitly denies the existence of a God in general.
Shelley seems to argue against institutional religion.
Mary Ann Evans aka George Eliot, grew up an evangelical, but turned into an atheist because