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Agonistic Misotheism II

Bernard Schweizer

in Hating God

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780199751389
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199894864 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199751389.003.0004
Agonistic Misotheism II

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This chapter reveals the misotheistic core of Rebecca West’s ethos of heroism and rebellion. It also shows how carefully West mediated her private misotheism as if dreading to admit the full implications of this view even to herself. Historically, one of the most searing indictments of God is her unpublished manuscript, written during World War I, in which West rails against God as a “master criminal.” Traces of misotheism can be found throughout her fiction and non-fiction, if one looks for them. Indeed, just like Hurston, West has not heretofore been known as an opponent of God. By connecting the dots, the author reveals a tortured spiritual journey. Indeed, West went from being a fervent misotheist in her twenties, to trying to convert to Catholicism in middle age in an attempt to stop wrestling with God; but the reconciliation failed, and she became again hostile to God toward the end of her life.

Keywords: agonistic misotheism; World War I; World War II; Manichaeanism; Epicurus; Anarchism; Rebecca West; St. Augustine; Friedrich Nietzsche; atonement

Chapter.  8640 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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