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Ships from Reno, NV. Former Library book. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. Shipped to over one million happy customers. The author states his position in relation to these seven types candidly; he is repelled his word by the first five but feels drawn to the last two. The author returns to the point again and again so that this insight enables us to examine both religion and atheism in tandem.
It is thus an admirable book on atheism in the Western world and is strewn with nuggets such as:.
Confucius: A Guide for the Perplexed
Its provocative ideas and brilliant summaries notwithstanding, the book is bound by a limitation; its scope is limited to the West. The author does touch on Buddhism and even Sankhya but only as they have implications for the West; he does not cover Asian ideas of atheism alongside the Western.
Similarly, in Hindu theism, the relation between the universe and the ultimate reality is posited as ontological rather than cosmological. The concept of atheism also needs to be refined further in relation to Indian religions.
Confucius - Wikipedia
In this context it is best to speak of the nontheism of Buddhism which denies a creator god but not gods as such , and the transtheism of Advaita Vedanta which accepts a God-like reality but denies it the status of the ultimate reality. In fact, the discussion in this book is perhaps better understood if we invoke some other categories related to the idea of God, such as transcendence and immanence. God is understood as transcendent in the Abrahamic traditions. The many atheisms described in the book are really cases of denying the transcendence of god as the ultimate reality and identifying ultimate reality with something immanent in the universe.
This enables one to see the atheisms of the West in an even broader light than when described as crypto-monotheisms. One may conclude the discussion of such a heavy topic on a lighter note. Such would be the situation if one prayed to a God, whose existence had been bracketed by one.
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