Militant atheism, pragmatism, and the God-shaped hole

This paper addresses recent examples of militant atheism. It considers the theistic reply that describes atheism as deriving from a “God-shaped hole” in the human soul. The paper will argue that American pragmatism offers a middle path that avoids militant atheism without suffering from this problem...

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Published in:International journal for philosophy of religion
Main Author: Fiala, Andrew
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: Springer Science + Business Media B. V 2008
In: International journal for philosophy of religion
Year: 2008, Volume: 65, Issue: 3, Pages: 139
Further subjects:B Richard Rorty
B John Dewey
B Atheism
B Richard Dawkins
B Pragmatism
B William James
B Sam Harris
B Christopher Hitchens
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Summary:This paper addresses recent examples of militant atheism. It considers the theistic reply that describes atheism as deriving from a “God-shaped hole” in the human soul. The paper will argue that American pragmatism offers a middle path that avoids militant atheism without suffering from this problem. The paper describes this middle path and considers the problem that is seen in Rorty’s recent work: how the pragmatist can remain critical of religious fundamentalism without succumbing to a militant version of atheism. The solution proposed is tolerant acceptance of religion along with melioristic criticism developed within shared norms of inquiry.
ISSN:1572-8684
Contains:Enthalten in: International journal for philosophy of religion
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1007/s11153-008-9188-3