Hating God: The Untold Story of Misotheism

Hardcover | November 18, 2010

byBernard Schweizer

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While atheists have now become public figures, there is another and perhaps darker strain of religious rebellion that has remained out of sight - people who hate God. In this revealing book, Bernard Schweizer looks at men and women who do not question God's existence, but deny that He ismerciful, competent, or good. Sifting through a wide range of literary and historical works, Schweizer finds that people hate God for a variety of reasons. Some are motivated by social injustice, human suffering, or natural catastrophes that God does not prevent. Some blame God for their personaltragedies. Schweizer concludes that, despite their blasphemous thoughts, these people tend to be creative and moral individuals, and include such literary lights as Friedrich Nietzsche, Mark Twain, Zora Neale Hurston, and Philip Pullman. Schweizer shows that literature is a fertile ground for Godhaters. Many authors, who dare not voice their negative attitude to God openly, turn to fiction to give vent to it. Indeed, Schweizer provides many new and startling readings of literary masterpieces, highlighting the undercurrent of hatred for God.

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While atheists have now become public figures, there is another and perhaps darker strain of religious rebellion that has remained out of sight - people who hate God. In this revealing book, Bernard Schweizer looks at men and women who do not question God's existence, but deny that He ismerciful, competent, or good. Sifting through a w...

Bernard Schweizer is Associate Professor of English at Long Island University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:November 18, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceIntroductionPart One: A Brief History of MisotheismPart Two: Six Case Studies in Literary MisotheismAbsolute Misotheism IPaganism, Radicalism, and Algernon Swinburne's War With GodAgonistic Misotheism IFaith, Doubt, and Zora Neale Hurston's Secret War Against GodAgonistic Misotheism IIBad Fathers, Historical Crises, and Rebecca West's Fluctuating Attitude Towards GodAgonistic Misotheism IIIDivine Apathy, the Holocaust, and Elie Wiesel Wrestling With GodAbsolute Misotheism IIPerverse Worshippers, Divine Artists, and Peter Shaffer's Plots Against GodAbsolute Misotheism IIIChildren, Deicide, and Philip Pullman's Liberal Crusade against GodConclusionBibliography