Prometheus Rebound: The Irony of Atheism

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Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press, 1988 - 366 pages
Modern atheism is a further act in the ancient drama of Prometheus vs Zeus. This book argues that the antagonism is false, as proved by the "irony": in which atheism turns into antitheism, transferring divine qualities to Humanity. The drama is framed by the "classicla dilemma," a conflict of wills: Tyrant and Rebel. The Unbinding of Prometheus is traced through Western history, to the Enlightenment "death of God," both speculative (Hegel) and practical (Marx). Finally, four types of "idols" are examined, in which Prometheus is rebound: Freud's Oedipus, Nietzsche's Dionysus, Camus' Sisyphus and Sartre's Orestes. The revision of both theism and atheism demands re-casting Zeus and Prometheus, breaking the impasse of heteronomy/autonomy and omnipotence/free will. Only thus may we affirm Humanity without denying God.
 

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Contents

Types of Atheism
3
THE CLASSICAL DILEMMA
13
UNBINDING PROMETHEUS
63
END OF ENLIGHTENMENT
123
THE RETURN OF IDOLS
195
Bibliographical Note
295
Notes
297
Index
359
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