International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 65 (3):139 - 151 (2009)
This paper addresses recent examples of militant atheism. It considers the theistic reply that describes atheism as deriving from a “God-shaped hole” in the human soul. The paper will argue that American pragmatism offers a middle path that avoids militant atheism without suffering from this problem. The paper describes this middle path and considers the problem that is seen in Rorty’s recent work: how the pragmatist can remain critical of religious fundamentalism without succumbing to a militant version of atheism. The solution proposed is tolerant acceptance of religion along with melioristic criticism developed within shared norms of inquiry.
|Keywords||Atheism Pragmatism William James John Dewey Richard Rorty Christopher Hitchens Richard Dawkins Sam Harris|
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