Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Faith of the Fatherless: The Psychology of Atheism

From here

Hardly definitive, but an interesting take on why atheism may be, at least in part, a result of psychological and not strictly intellectual factors.
The bulk of the book is spent examining the biographies of many of the most influential atheists (and a few deists), including Nietzsche, Hume, Sartre, Schopenhauer, Freud, H. G. Wells, and Richard Dawkins. This group is contrasted with a representative “control group” of prominent theists such as Pascal, Kierkegaard, Wilberforce, Chesterton, Bonhoeffer, and Newman. Vitz makes a strong argument, for in nearly every case, the atheists had abusive, weak, distant, absent or otherwise defective fathers, while the theists had positive relationships with their fathers, or, in some cases, with caring father-figures.
Again, it is difficult to draw a one-to-one correlation, but an interesting concept nonetheless.

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