Hating God: The Untold Story of Misotheism. Bernard Schweizer. Oxford University Press, pp. $ hard cover. What might it mean to believe in the. Hating God has 46 ratings and 9 reviews. Rolando said: Schweizer’s book presents an amazingly new kettle of fish on the religious scene, which I have bee. . Download Citation on ResearchGate | Hating God: The Untold Story of Misotheism | This book uncovers something more radical than atheism: hostility against.

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While atheists such as Richard Dawkins have now become public figures, there is another and perhaps darker strain of religious rebellion that has remained out of sight–people who hate God. In this revealing book, Bernard Schweizer looks at men and women who do not question God’s existence, but deny that He is merciful, competent, or good.

Sifting through a wide range of li While atheists such as Richard Dawkins have now become public figures, there is another and perhaps darker strain of religious rebellion that has remained out of sight–people who hate God.

Sifting through a wide range of literary and historical works, Schweizer finds that people hate God for a variety of reasons.

Some are motivated by social injustice, human suffering, or natural catastrophes that God does not prevent. Some blame God for their personal tragedies. Schweizer concludes that, despite their blasphemous thoughts, these people tend to be creative and moral individuals, and include such literary lights as Friedrich Nietzsche, Mark Twain, Zora Neale Hurston, Rebecca West, Elie Wiesel, and Philip Pullman. Schweizer shows that literature is a fertile ground for God haters.

Many authors, who dare not voice their negative attitude to God openly, turn to fiction to give vent to it. Indeed, Schweizer provides many new and startling readings of literary masterpieces, highlighting the undercurrent of hatred for God.

Moreover, by probing the deeper mainsprings that cause sensible, rational, and moral beings to turn against God, Schweizer offers answers to some of the most vexing questions that beset human relationships with the divine.

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Lists with This Book. Mar 11, Rolando added it. Schweizer’s book presents an amazingly new kettle of fish on the religious scene, which I have been studying academically for years. I wonder if the concept of “misotheism,” which fills a gap in the system of religious classification, will spawn a following, one that either applauds the literati of his mentioning or alternatively stands up for their own views which, I surmise, may have been subconsciously tucked away.

Mister Schweizer is shedding light on an area, which has surprisingly enough r Schweizer’s book presents an amazingly new kettle of fish on the religious scene, which I have been studying academically for years. Mister Schweizer is shedding light on an area, which has surprisingly enough remained unnoticed until he blew some cobwebs from the book-covers of the classics and opened their content to a fresh viewing.

Aware of the diverse emotions the misotheistic view may elicit, I hope the mere observation of an intellectual and literary stratum does not attract a negative response in defense of a deity whose existence amazingly enough is not questioned but in a twisted manner reinforced by the misotheists.

A believer in God may have a “problem” with Satanism as a form of opposition to her deity, but a negative reinforcement of God might be a worse position yet — and so the miso-misotheist would be born. I congratulate Mister Schweizer for the discovery of a phenomenon hiding in plain sight. Jan 10, Andrew rated it it was amazing. I was immediately drawn to this book because it presents a completely new class of religious rebellion. In response to the increasing attention being given to atheists such as Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens, this book seems to have found an emerging populace that have become increasingly more vocal about their feelings of discontent towards God.

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In this book which I have read and really enjoyed Schweizer explains how this sort of god hatred has been around for many years, and because I was immediately drawn to this book because it presents a completely new class of religious rebellion.

In this book which I have read and really enjoyed Schweizer explains how this sort of god hatred has been around for many years, and because of the fear associated with expressing such blasphemous beliefs, was expressed primarily through literature.

misotheiem When I look at the world today, with increasing secularism, religiously motivated mass bloodshed, and considerable feelings of disillusionment in personal faith, this book seems to outline a lot of the sentiments that have apparently been around for a long time, but have not, until now, been openly discussed.

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Quabela rated it it was amazing Shelves: I found this book to be a fantastic study of a remarkably perceptive theme. It really is a wonder how coining a single word is able to open up an entire world of new kf in the proto-conceptual sense. Though I find his initial treatment of the particular philosophies a bit cursory, anyone who has had even a passing aquaitence with those thinkers will have no ujtold understanding the larger foundations from which they derive their god hatred.

Highly recommend to anyone, religious or no I found this book to be a fantastic study of a remarkably perceptive theme. Highly recommend to anyone, religious or not, who is interested in better understanding humankind’s relationship with the divine. For even if he does stand in as just a straw man, his presence in the Feuerbachian sense does in fact exist and so is something that misothsism must be contended with.

Nov 08, Tyler Malone rated it it was amazing Shelves: When a book gives misotyeism a new toolbox of ideas as well as language, it’s difficult not to enjoy it immensely, especially if it’s of the rare literary criticism and religion genre. Misotheism is something that’s not talked about a lot—and it’s really not anything that has ever been talked about—which is the point of this book: HATING GOD simply catalogs that passion in literature and explains their positions and unpacks the idea of being at When a book gives readers a new toolbox of ideas as misotyeism as language, it’s difficult not to enjoy it immensely, especially if it’s of the rare literary criticism and religion genre.

Jan 17, Liane rated it it was amazing. This is a fascinating book which uncovered a new aspect of mistoheism and literature. It is well written and easy to follow. I would recommend to anyone no matter which belief he or she has.

The book exposes off to a new world you would not encounter otherwise. I simply love it!

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Mar 24, Cassandra Codon Cruz rated it it mieotheism amazing. Things happen for a reasonI just found out the names of my two guardian angels by visitingOur Lady of Mercy my other church. I just donated some money over there on Palm Sunday.

Aug 27, Jonathan Soren rated it it was amazing Shelves: When I first saw this book, I picked it up immediately. The title called to me – never before had I seen my own religious misotheisk discussed in such an explicit, straightforward way.

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In fact, never had I seen them discussed at all.

Hating God: The Untold Story of Misotheism

Schweizer’s use of the term misotheism was the first time I had seen such a word used in print, and it gave name to the personal sentiments I’d had for years concerning my relationship with God. As I read it, When I first miaotheism this book, I picked it up immediately. As I read it, I found myself excitedly exclaiming ‘Yes! Though I recognised a good deal of the authors presented here as misotheists, I had never thought of them that way, and furthermore, Schweizer exposed me to writers previously unknown to me.

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I realised I wasn’t, and never had been, alone. There were others who desired deicide. There were others who believed that an essential part of liberation involved freeing oneself from the doctrines that supported mjsotheism of oppression. There were others who agonised over a troubled relationship with their belief in God.

I now have a whole list of people whose work I need to read, and I can’t wait to do so. Furthermore, I now have a term to describe my religious affiliation. I would recommend it to anyone interested in the beliefs of those who have waged war on their deities.

And while I do not know any other misotheists in my life, I think this is an essential text for anyone who who calls for the destruction or, alternatively, the changed nature of God to read.

Nov 08, Alexandre Bish rated it it was amazing. As opposed to atheism, anti-theism, or agnosticism, Schweizer defines misotheism as the outright hatred of God.

As opposed to atheists who question the existence of God, misotheists acknowledge his existence but question his good will. Schweizer divides misotheism into three categories: Agonistic misotheists, studied through Rebecca West and Elie Wiesel, struggle with the acceptance of a bad and careless God and seek to enter into dialogue with him, convinced of his underlying good will.

Quite the opposite, absolute misotheists, like Nietszche and Shelly, do not wish to change God but rather completely dispose of him. Proudhon or Bakunin, as political misotheists, address their attack because of the socio-economic effects that God and religion have on the world. Through this thorough definition of Misotheism, Schweizer skilfully brings the rigour and precision one would expect with the minting of a new concept, writing a book both addressed to academia and non-scholars.

I highly recommend this book to anyone, religious or non-religious, willing to explore literature through the pathos of great writers and experience an unfamiliar journey into human relationship with the divine. With his coinage of misotheism, Schweizer has laid solid ground for further theological study of the subject but also for future scholars willing to approach great figures of literature in a completely new way.

An overall very well written must-read for those looking to have a sound understanding of religious rebellion through literature. Tasha Golden rated it it was amazing Jan 15, Astro rated it really liked it Misohheism 30, Chad rated it liked it Mar 16, Carlton Blackburn rated it really liked it May 19, Michael McCluskey miaotheism it liked it Jul 28, Phil rated it really liked it Dec 23, Joseph Stieb rated tbe really liked it Dec 01, Mic rated it it was amazing Aug 30, Jeremiah rated it really liked it Jan 18, Eric Kysela rated it it was amazing Jun stody, Sam Amburgey rated it liked it Aug 14, Eldarfeatel rated it really liked it Oct 18,

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