Saturday, April 4, 2020

The Religious Philosophers of Atheism

Religiosity is not rooted in the teachings of institutionalized religions but in man’s need to lead a spiritual life by being moral and having a sense of oneness with the universe—this implies that a man who rejects his religion for political and scientific reasons, and identifies as an atheist, might be religious. The modern age has produced several atheist thinkers who were religious (in the spiritual sense): Montesquieu, Voltaire, Hume, Hegel, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, and Freud. Not all atheist thinkers, however, are spiritual; many are nihilists—example, Feuerbach and Marx—who denied religion because they believed that civilization is diseased.

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