Atheistic evangelism

In atheism terminology, atheistic evangelism, or an “evangelical atheist”, someone who is evangelical about atheism, refers to those of an atheistic or agnostic-leaning-toward-atheism mindset, actively promoting atheism views and publically countering theological views, in a vociferous manner; someone who preaches atheism as gospel.

Overview
Modern Christian apologists consider Ludwig Buchner, and his 1855 Force and Matter, the father of atheistic evangelism (Ѻ), or antitheism, in Germany; a counterpart, supposedly, to Thomas Huxley, who some consider to be the first atheistic evangelist—though Huxley himself denied, supposedly, that he was an atheist, preferring the term agnostic, which he coined in 1868—the ‘atheistic evangelism’ standard, as some have categorized, since then has been carried by Bertrand Russell, Henry Mencken, Richard Dawkins, and Sam Harris. [1]

In 1948, the term “atheistic evangelism” (Ѻ) was used in reference to Junius Brown (1902-1970) (Ѻ), and his Psychology and the Social Order, with its “penetrating” analysis of religion; who was generally noted for his attempt to integrate Lewin, Freud, and Marx. (Ѻ)

Dan Barker, a former “evangelical preacher”, considers himself and or tends to be cited as an “evangelical atheist”. (Ѻ)

Etymology | Note
The term “evangelist”, from Greek euangelistes “preacher of the gospel” or “bringer of good news”, derives from eu- “good” + angellein “announce”, from angelos “messenger”, means, in the 12th century sense, someone, e.g. “Matthew, Mark, Luke or John” who divines messages from god via the communication of an angel. [2] It is difficult to say, therefore, that a real atheist would cling to such a metaphysically-based term.

See also
Atheistic morality

References
1. Segal, David. (2006). “Atheist Evangelist” (Ѻ), Washington Post, Oct 26.
2. Evangelist – EtymOnline.com.

External links
Evangelical atheism – Wikipedia.

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