Drama of Atheist Humanism

Overview

De Lubac traces the origin of 19th century attempts to construct a humanism apart from God, the sources of contemporary atheism which purports to have "moved beyond God." The three persons he focuses on are Feuerbach, who greatly influenced Marx; Nietzsche, who represents nihilism; and Comte, who is the father of all forms of positivism. He then shows that the only one who really responded to this ideology was Dostoevsky, a kind of prophet who criticizes in his novels this attempt to have a society without God. ...

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Overview

De Lubac traces the origin of 19th century attempts to construct a humanism apart from God, the sources of contemporary atheism which purports to have "moved beyond God." The three persons he focuses on are Feuerbach, who greatly influenced Marx; Nietzsche, who represents nihilism; and Comte, who is the father of all forms of positivism. He then shows that the only one who really responded to this ideology was Dostoevsky, a kind of prophet who criticizes in his novels this attempt to have a society without God. Despite their historical and scholarly appearance, de Lubac's work clearly refers to the present. As he investigates the sources of modern atheism, particularly in its claim to have definitely moved beyond the idea of God, he is thinking of an ideology prevalent today in East and West which regards the Christian faith as a completely outdated.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780898704433
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/1995
  • Pages: 539
  • Sales rank: 742,834
  • Product dimensions: 5.22 (w) x 7.98 (h) x 1.34 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 9
Preface 11
Pt. 1 Atheist Humanism 17
I Feuerbach and Nietzsche 19
1 A Tragic Misunderstanding 19
2 Feuerbach and the Religious Illusion 26
3 Nietzsche and the "Death of God" 42
4 The Dissolution of Man 58
II Nietzsche and Kierkegaard 73
1 The Birth of Tragedy 73
2 Myth and Mystery 82
3 "Deeper Immersion in Existence" 95
III The Spiritual Battle 112
1 The Battlefield 114
2 The Spirit of Christianity 122
Pt. 2 Auguste Comte and Christianity 131
I The Meaning of Comtian Atheism 139
1 The Law of the Three States 139
2 The Monotheistic Transition 147
3 Beyond Atheism 158
4 God Excluded and Replaced 167
II Christianity and Catholicism 180
1 Antisocial Christianity 180
2 Jesus and Saint Paul 186
3 The Work of the Catholic Priesthood 192
4 A Holy Alliance 204
III Positivist Transpositions 215
1 The True Catholicism 215
2 The Priesthood of the Scientists 229
3 Spiritual Despotism 238
4 Sociocracy 248
Conclusion 263
Pt. 3 Dostoevsky as Prophet 269
I Comparison with Nietzsche 277
1 Hostile Brothers 277
2 The Torment of God 285
3 In the Presence of Jesus 297
II The Bankruptcy of Atheism 309
1 The Man-God 310
2 The Tower of Babel 320
3 The Palace of Glass 334
III Experience of Eternity 347
1 Ambiguous Experiences 348
2 Dualisms and Symbols 365
3 The New Birth 379
Conclusion 393
Pt. 4 Mystical Confrontations 395
I The Search for a New Man 399
II Nietzsche as Mystic 469
Index 511
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