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Against fundamentalism: the silence of the Divine in the work of Karen Armstrong

Brown, Petra 2014, Against fundamentalism: the silence of the Divine in the work of Karen Armstrong. In Nickelson, Dylan and Sharpe, Matthew (ed), Secularisations and their debates: perspectives on the return of religion in the contemporary west, Springer, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, pp.153-170.

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Title Against fundamentalism: the silence of the Divine in the work of Karen Armstrong
Author(s) Brown, PetraORCID iD for Brown, Petra orcid.org/0000-0001-6425-207X
Title of book Secularisations and their debates: perspectives on the return of religion in the contemporary west
Editor(s) Nickelson, Dylan
Sharpe, MatthewORCID iD for Sharpe, Matthew orcid.org/0000-0002-8165-5775
Publication date 2014
Series Sophia studies in cross-cultural philosophy of traditions and cultures
Chapter number 9
Total chapters 12
Start page 153
End page 170
Total pages 18
Publisher Springer
Place of Publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Keyword(s) Fundamentalism
Religion
Summary Three and a half centuries after the treaty of Westphalia ended the bloody religious wars in Europe, religious zealots are again threatening to undo the progress of Western civilised society, the achievements of science, the Enlightenment and liberal democracy. Such is the charge of the 'new atheist' movements of which Michael Onfray is but one example. Onfray's self-confessed task is to rekindle the Enlightenment, to shine 'Atheology's dazzling light' on the tyranny and darkness of monotheism. And in just 219 pages, Onfray exposes 4,000 years of evil and darkness perpetrated by the three monotheistic religions-or so his Atheist Manifesto claims (2007: 219).It is the new atheists' rejection of the Enlightenment principle of toleration that prompted Karen Armstrong to write her book The Case for God. The Case for God is an argument and demonstration that all forms of fundamentalism represent a 'defiantly unorthodox form of faith that frequently misrepresents the tradition it is trying to defend' (2009: 7). As a modem twentieth century movement, fundamentalist movements are essentially pragmatic, 'modem, innovative, and modernizing' and have a symbiotic relationship 'with an aggressive liberalism or secularism' (Armstrong 2000: 178).
ISBN 9789400771161
ISSN 2211-1107
Language eng
Field of Research 220405 Religion and Society
220310 Phenomenology
Socio Economic Objective 950404 Religion and Society
HERDC Research category B1 Book chapter
Copyright notice ©2014, Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30078532

Document type: Book Chapter
Collection: School of Humanities and Social Sciences
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