Atheism, Fundamentalism and the Protestant Reformation: Uncovering the Secret Sympathy

Atheism, Fundamentalism and the Protestant Reformation: Uncovering the Secret Sympathy

By: Liam Jerrold Fraser (author)Hardback

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In this study of new atheism and religious fundamentalism, this book advances two provocative - and surprising - arguments. Liam Jerrold Fraser argues that atheism and Protestant fundamentalism in Britain and America share a common historical origin in the English Reformation, and the crisis of authority inaugurated by the Reformers. This common origin generated two presuppositions crucial for both movements: a literalist understanding of scripture, and a disruptive understanding of divine activity in nature. Through an analysis of contemporary new atheist and Protestant fundamentalist texts, Fraser shows that these presuppositions continue to structure both groups, and support a range of shared biblical, scientific, and theological beliefs. Their common historical and intellectual structure ensures that new atheism and Protestant fundamentalism - while on the surface irreconcilably opposed - share a secret sympathy with one another, yet one which leaves them unstable, inconsistent, and unsustainable.

About Author

Liam Jerrold Fraser is a Minister of Word and Sacrament of the Church of Scotland.


1. The unfinished reformation; 2. Things fall apart; 3. An inductive theology; 4. The secret sympathy; 5. A house divided.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781108427982
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 278
  • ID: 9781108427982
  • weight: 540
  • ISBN10: 1108427987

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