Atheism and antihumanism as intellectual-historical objects

I begin this post by posing straightaway the questions that will guide my argument. In what way can atheism and antihumanism be posed and understood in intellectual history? In what sense do they constitute objects of study? How does one go about weaving and articulating for them an adequate intellectual-historical approach that may facilitate an understanding of texts, concepts, and systems of thought?

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  1. Eric MacDonald has taken exception to my post. He has also completely misunderstood Joseph Hoffmann. Joe wrote “There is no reason to vilify God and religion, historically understood, for excesses that, as humanists, we slowly recognized as human excesses and finally learned to combat.” Joe was not advocating fundamentalism and he was advocating combatting these evils. MacDonald cannot understand that many religious people are just as opposed to excesses as we are. MacDonald hasn’t acknowledged the difference between fundamentalist belief and personal unintrusive belief. I think I made this distinction explicitly in my post. He cannot understand that liberal believers are just as opposed to the evils of fundamentalism and terrorism as we are. The Rantana church for example, is a blend of Islam, Christianity and Maori spirituality, and they are in no danger of supporting the evils of fundamentalism and are actively involved in social justice issues opposing it. I am not interesting in fighting all forms of theism to death. I am more interested in constructing a humanist world and an alternative worldview. He also misrepresents me as an ‘Atheist’ which isn’t a necessary label to identify my non belief. I have never believed and have therefore never required a label to identify a negative. I am a humanist.

      1. Where I come from we don’t wear our labels on our sleeves. I know alot of people who I consider to be humanist although they don’t self identify as such. Most of these people are religious. You are one of those people, Joel.

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