Material atheism

In hmolscience, material atheism, or “materialistic atheism”, is a belief system based, NOT based on the existence of god, but on either matter and motion (Holbach, 1770), force and matter (Buchner, 1855), physics generally (Tyndall, 1874), or variations therein.

The following are related quotes:

“Christian men are proved by their writings to have their hours of weakness and of doubt, as well as their hours of strength and of conviction; and men like myself share, in their own way, these variations of mood and tense. Were the religious views of many of my assailants the only alternative ones, I do not know how strong the claims of the doctrine of 'material atheism' upon my allegiance might be. Probably they would be very strong. But, as it is, I have noticed during years of self-observation that it is not in hours of clearness and vigor that this doctrine commends itself to my mind: that in the presence of stronger and healthier thought it ever dissolves and disappears, as offering no solution to the mystery in which we dwell, and of which we form a part.”
John Tyndall (1874), response in regards to the charge of atheism, following his BAAS address [1]

“The logical heir of Baconianism is material atheism; to Milton, atheism was a philosophical absurdity.”
— John Broadbent (1973), John Milton: Introductions (pg. 123)

See also
● Political atheism
● Epicurean atheism
● Thimsian atheism

1. (a) Tyndall, John. (1874). “Address”, Delivered before the British Association assembled at Belfast. Longmans, Green, and Co.
(b) Anon. (1874). “Professor Tyndall and ‘Materialistic Atheism’” (ΡΊ), The English Mechanic and World of Science and Art, Oct 2.

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