Blinkered ahistorical myopia

January 29, 2008

Fr. Edward T. Oakes, S.J., writes about the recent spate of atheist books, and some of the things that seem to be missing from the arguments therein.

Books advocating atheism have recently been enjoying a modest boomlet. Sales are solid, book readings are sold out, and their authors grace the highbrow talk shows and op-ed pages in prestigious newspapers and periodicals. But their arguments are shopworn, stale hand-me-downs and threadbare heirlooms inherited from an era that was fading away even before the French Revolution had made the connection between atheism and violence clear to any fair observer. Yet these books read as if they came from authors who had never heard of the Reign of Terror or Robespierre.

Atheism and Violence


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