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Between Faith and Unbelief: American Transcendentalists and the Challenge of Atheism (Elisabeth Hurth) Hardcover Book, (Brill, 2007) 9789004161665
Between Faith and Unbelief: American Transcendentalists and the Challenge of Atheism (Elisabeth Hurth) Hardcover Book, (Brill, 2007) 9789004161665
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Title: Between Faith and Unbelief: American Transcendentalists and the Challenge of Atheism

Author: Hurth, Elisabeth

Publisher: Brill; Publication Date: 2007

Hardcover; ISBN: 9789004161665

Volumes: 1; Pages: viii, 224

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This book sets out to shed light on what is specific to American Transcendentalism by comparing it with the atheistic vision of German philosophers and theologians like Ludwig Feuerbach and Arthur Schopenhauer. The study argues that atheism was part of the discursive and religious context from which Transcendentalism emerged. Tendencies toward atheism were already inherent in Transcendentalist thought. The atheist scenario came to the surface in the controversy about Emerson's "new views." Contemporary critics charged that the deity Emerson worshipped was himself. Emersonian Transcendentalism thus anticipated some of the central concerns in the works of German atheists like Feuerbach. From idealism to atheism seemed but a short step.Table of contentsAcknowledgmentsIntroductionChapter I. "The Spirit of Infidelity": Ralph Waldo Emerson and Harvard's Early Gttingen StudentsChapter II. The "Credentials" of Faith: The Miracles Controversy in New EnglandChapter III. The Arch-Fiend of Christian Faith: David Friedrich Strauss and New England DivinityChapter IV. The Claims of History: Strauss's "Mytho-Mania" and AfterChapter V. Man as God-Maker: Feuerbachian Atheism in New EnglandChapter VI. From Idealism to Atheism: Theodore Parker and the Projection Theory of ReligionChapter VII. The "Cures for Atheism": Emerson and Jakob BhmeChapter VIII. "A World Without God": Emerson and Arthur SchopenhauerConclusionSelected BibliographyIndex
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