A Brief History of Misotheism

Bernard Schweizer

in Hating God

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780199751389
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199894864 | DOI:
A Brief History of Misotheism

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This chapter offers a sweeping historical overview of misotheism. The major stopping points along this compelling history of ideas are: the Book of Job, Epicurus, Ovid, St. Augustine, Thomas Paine, James Mill, Ludwig Feuerbach, Karl Marx, Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, Michael Bakunin, Peter Kropotkin, Friedrich Nietzsche, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Virginia Woolf, Storm Jameson, Naomi Goldenberg, Rosemary Ruether, Sigmund Freud, Albert Camus, William Empson, and Gore Vidal. The author documents the genealogy of God-hatred from the trial-of-God theme in the Book of Job, to Epicureanism, deism, utilitarianism, anarchism, feminism, and secular humanism.

Keywords: trial-of-God theme; Epicureanism; Deism; Utilitarianism; Anarchism; Feminism; secular humanism; monotheism; polytheism; misotheism

Chapter.  21664 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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