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The Evolution of Atheism: The Politics of a Modern Movement

Stephen LeDrew


This book is a study of contemporary organized atheism as a fundamentally political phenomenon that is internally divided on ideological grounds, positioning atheism as one ideology and identity marker within the broad network of organizations collectively constituting the secular movement. This movement, which has existed since the nineteenth century, came to life in the early twenty-first century with the emergence of the New Atheism, an aggressive assault on religion led by thinkers such as Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and Christopher Hitchens. Rather than a simple rejection of the irration ... More

Keywords: atheism, scientism, humanism, secularism, evolution, Dawkins

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190225179
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190225179.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephen LeDrew, author
Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Theology, Uppsala University

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