Agnosticism: Contemporary Responses to Spencer and Huxley

Agnosticism: Contemporary Responses to Spencer and Huxley

by Andrew Pyle
     
 

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Until the nineteenth century, thinkers who entertained doubts about the existence of God were branded 'atheists' and 'infidels', and were subject to persecution. But in late nineteenth-century Britain a group of highly respectable thinkers emerged who argued for the radical conclusion that theology is impossible, and that we humans cannot know what (if anything) lies

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Until the nineteenth century, thinkers who entertained doubts about the existence of God were branded 'atheists' and 'infidels', and were subject to persecution. But in late nineteenth-century Britain a group of highly respectable thinkers emerged who argued for the radical conclusion that theology is impossible, and that we humans cannot know what (if anything) lies behind the veil of appearances.

This volume provides extracts from the writings of the best-known agnostics (Spencer, Huxley, Stephen, Clifford, and Tyndall), and their less well-known theological opponents. The debate marks a major turning point in Western attitudes towards religious belief: the burden of proof is henceforth firmly placed on the shoulders of the theologians.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781855064041
Publisher:
Thoemmes Press
Publication date:
12/28/1997
Series:
Key Issues Series
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
5.46(w) x 8.44(h) x 0.87(d)

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