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Hating GodThe Untold Story of Misotheism$
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Bernard Schweizer

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199751389

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199751389.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Hating God

Bernard Schweizer

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The introduction clarifies three main points about misotheism: a) the birth of modern misotheism with the romantic writers Blake and Shelley; b) the self-concealment of misotheism; and c) the fact that misotheism does not imply amorality. The introduction further establishes misotheism’s relationship to Gnosticism, atheism, agnosticism, anti-clericalism, and deicide. Next, a rationale is given for choosing the term “misotheism” to denote God-hatred, while alternative terms such as theostuges, passionate atheism, and metaphysical rebellion are discussed. The work of Albert Camus, notably his ideas about metaphysical rebellion, is discussed in order to distinguish Camus’s from the author’s approach to God-hatred. The author further clarifies three different types of misotheism: absolute (deicide), agonistic (God wrestling), and political (anarchism) forms of misotheism. The introduction reiterates the claim that literature is the primary conduit for manifestations of misotheism.

Keywords:   agonistic misotheism, absolute misotheism, political misotheism, metaphysical rebellion, Gnosticism, Atheism, Agnosticism, anti-theism, protest theology, theogony

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