Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Larsen on Ryrie on the emotional side of atheism

Looking forward to reading this book in the coming year. (Larsen's review was good too!)

Since atheism is not a coherent logical position (aside from a mere rejection that does not propose a compelling alternative), it's important to consider its true sources. Ryrie's (sympathetic) take is the "emotional" side-- and the history of that angle (esp. the role of anger and anxiety in the 16th & 17th centuries).

In his excellent review, Larsen describes the far-more-common non-theism routes-- combinations of agnosticism, Esau-like apathy (described as "godless" in Hebrews 12:16), and the decline of faux or pseudo forms of Christianity (e.g., less political and social coercion, less reliance on the church's social safety net).


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