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Hating God


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Part One: A Brief History of Misotheism

Part Two: Six Case Studies in Literary Misotheism

Absolute Misotheism I
Paganism, Radicalism, and Algernon Swinburne's War With God

Agonistic Misotheism I
Faith, Doubt, and Zora Neale Hurston's Secret War Against God

Agonistic Misotheism II
Bad Fathers, Historical Crises, and Rebecca West's Fluctuating Attitude Towards God

Agonistic Misotheism III
Divine Apathy, the Holocaust, and Elie Wiesel Wrestling With God

Absolute Misotheism II
Perverse Worshippers, Divine Artists, and Peter Shaffer's Plots Against God

Absolute Misotheism III
Children, Deicide, and Philip Pullman's Liberal Crusade against God



About the Author

Bernard Schweizer is Associate Professor of English at Long Island University. He is the author of Rebecca West: Heroism, Rebellion, and the Female Epic and Radicals on the Road: The Politics of English Travel Writing in the 1930s.


"In Hating God, Bernard Schweizer distinguishes between atheists---those who conclude from the arbitrary and cruel acts of God that he does not exist---and misotheists---those who believe in God but engage in a life-long struggle with his apparent indifference to the world he has created. It is misotheists, those who wrestle with God in the manner of Jacob and Job, who create the rich literary tradition Schweizer so persuasively illuminates in this
important book."--Stanley Fish, author of The Fugitive in Flight: Faith, Liberalism, and Law in a Classic TV Show
"Bernard Schweizer makes a long overdue distinction between atheism -- the denial of God's existence -- and misotheism -- the morally inspired hatred of God, and, in the process, reintroduces us to some of the most subversive religious thinkers who have ever lived, from Friedrich Nietzsche to Gore Vidal and Zora Neale Hurston. Hating God is one of the most exhilarating excursions into religious studies that you will ever take!"

--Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Bright-Sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America
"Schweizer skilfully plumbs pathology and pathos among real and imagined agonizers."--The Journal of Theological Studies

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