Smith called him, "[a] cynical atheist, the poet, critic, and artist harbored an irrepressible streak of romanticism. I have always wagered against God and I regard the little that I have won in this world as simply the outcome of this bet. However paltry may have been the stake my life I am conscious of having won to the full.
Everything that is doddering, squint-eyed, vile, polluted and grotesque is summoned up for me in that one word: God! Linguistics and philosophy: an essay on the philosophical constants of language. University of Notre Dame Press. Breton professed to be an atheist Again, the atheist Breton's predilection for ideas of blasphemy and profanation, as well as for the " demonic " word noir, contained a hint of Satanism and alliance with infernal powers.
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He has been on the literary scene - publishing, reviewing, judging, chairing, tutoring, giving readings - since the s. He has also been a London borough councillor, a Labour parliamentary candidate Richmond, Surrey, , very much what I think of as decent, persistent, dogged "Old Labour" - sensitive but solid, inclining towards the puritan though a self-confessed atheist in matters of religion - and a strenuous campaigner for serious radio and television, anti-muzak, anti-destruction of libraries, for the proper traditional cultural concerns of the British Council, et al.
But for those of us who can't readily accept the God formula, the big answers don't remain stone-written.
We adjust to new conditions and discoveries. We are pliable. Love need not be a command or faith a dictum. I am my own God. We are here to unlearn the teachings of the church, state and our education system. We are here to drink beer.
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We are here to kill war. We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that Death will tremble to take us. Haught, ed, Years of Disbelief. Ulysses Press. When his wife died in , he placed an emblem of Our Lady of Carmen around her neck, saying, in his mocking way, that this would make sure that she went directly to heaven, without being stopped at customs. They regard it impossible to leave these matters unsettled — or at least extremely detrimental to religion not to have the basis of such conviction. Now for my part I do not find it impossible to leave them open I can describe myself as no ardent theist or atheist.
Simon and Schuster. For, even though John W. Prometheus Books. Mother goddesses are just as silly a notion as father gods. If a revival of the myths of these cults gives women emotional satisfaction, it does so at the price of obscuring the real conditions of life.
This is why they were invented in the first place. Simon Karlinsky ed. Northwestern University Press. While Anton did not turn into the kind of militant atheist that his older brother Alexander eventually became, there is no doubt that he was a nonbeliever in the last decades of his life.
Anthem Press. For Rozanov, Chekhov represents a concluding stage of classical Russian literature at the turn of the centuries, caused by the 'fading' of a thousand' years old Christian tradition which was spiritually feeding this literature.
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On the one hand, Rozanov regards Chekhov's positivism and atheism as his shortcomings, naming them amongst the reasons of Chekhov's popularity in society. Selected Stories of Anton Chekov.
Random House Digital, Inc. University of Chicago Press. Though Chekhov considered himself an atheist -partly in response to his tyrannically religious father—his childhood familiarity with the rituals and stories of the Russian Orthodox Church pervades many of his stories. Greta Christina. Archived from the original on Stanley [Kubrick] is a Jew and I'm an atheist". Clarke quoted in Jeromy Agel Ed. The Making of Kubrick's : p. His contribution to literature was in popularising the work of Charles Darwin and other evolutionary scientists in the face of opposition from the church.
Coatzee writes of himself: "Though he himself is an atheist and has always been one, he feels he understands Jesus better" than his religious teacher does. Coatzee's late fiction", The Nation , vol.
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The whole review article: pp. Although an unapproachable cold atheist, and at root an anarchist, Cole joined forces with Reckitt, the clubbable, romantic medievalist, archetypal bourgeois, and unswerving Anglican with a dogmatic faith, to found the National Guilds League in Peart-Binns, 'Reckitt, Maurice Benington — ' , rev. Rowse proved a 'militant atheist', for 'I am convinced that our great influence in the world is because this country has given a definite place to religion and to free religion, ie Protestantism at that. God is an abstract noun, he's not a Father Christmas up there in Heaven, he's an abstract bloody noun who has been exploited by men in order to exploit other men, through the centuries.
At the end of writing that book, I was no less of an atheist than I was before, yet it did make me think about my atheism. Thinking about the bleakness of my own atheism, and the inadequacy of the old fashioned kind of atheism when the big events of life-- especially death—came along, made me want to see whether I could come up with a narrative of comfort, a false narrative of comfort, but one that could match the narratives of comfort religions come up with to get you through death and bereavement. Indian Journal of History of Science. Retrieved 10 July As contrasted with Bacon, however, Datta's enthusiasm for natural science ultimately led him to become a stark atheist going to the extent of disproving the efficacy of prayer with an ingenious arguments, Yet he seemed in good humor for a brief Publishers Weekly interview last spring about his most recent book, The Word of God.
An outspoken atheist, Disch adopted the deity's perspective to score points on the absurdity of hell and similar numinous postulates. His three children attend secular state schools, and he welcomes the widening 'rift between Church and state.
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It has happened, it is happening, and for me that's a great thing. As an atheist, I feel very comfortable in Ireland now. Duffy, brought up a Catholic, pronounces herself an atheist; Johnson Manning is a committed Christian. I value my Catholic background very much. It taught me not to be afraid of rigorous thought, for one thing. Raised Catholic, Eco has long since left the church. Thomas Aquinas. True, we are both atheists, but Tariq is evangelical while I am benign about religion and think the Throne should be occupied by a member of the Church of England.
How will a win affect public sentiment? Or a defeat? The trouble with basing values on religions, though, is that the premises of most of them are pure wishful thinking; you either have to refuse to scrutinise those premises - take them on faith, declare that they "transcend logic" - or reject them. As Paul Davies has said, most Christian theologians have retreated from all the things that their religion supposedly asserts; they take a much more "modern" view than the average believer. But by the time you've "modernised" something like Christianity - starting off with "Genesis was all just poetry" and ending up with "Well, of course there's no such thing as a personal God" - there's not much point pretending that there's anything religious left.
You might as well come clean and admit that you're an atheist with certain values, which are historical, cultural, biological, and personal in origin, and have nothing to do with anything called God. I'm somewhere between an atheist and an agnostic - I'd be an atheist if I could muster the energy. But what is a person of limited means and no taste for "carousing" to do?
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Several times during the week, I have driven past the "Deliverance" church downtown, and the name alone exerts a scary attraction The marquee in front of the church is advertising a Saturday night "tent revival," which sounds like the perfect entertainment for an atheist out on her own. The Portable Atheist. Philadelphia, PA: Da Capo.
People say to me, do you believe in God?
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