The evolution of atheism

  title={The evolution of atheism},
  author={Stephen LeDrew},
  journal={History of the Human Sciences},
  pages={70 - 87}
Atheism has achieved renewed vigor in the West in recent years with a spate of bestselling books and growing membership in secularist and rationalist organizations, but what exactly is the nature of this peculiar form of non-belief? This article sets the context for the emergence of the ‘New Atheism’ with a review of the dominant theory of atheism’s dialectical and theological origins, and an examination of major historical episodes in atheistic thought. The author argues that a significant… Expand
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