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Rejecting the definitive : a contextual examination of three historical stages of atheism and the legality of an American freedom from religion.

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dc.contributor.advisor Parrish, T. Michael.
dc.contributor.author Quillen, Ethan Gjerset.
dc.date.copyright 2011-08
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2104/8239
dc.description.abstract The trouble with "definitions" is they leave no room for evolution. When a word is concretely defined, it is done so in a particular time and place. Contextual interpretations permit a better understanding of certain heavy words; Atheism as a prime example. In the post-modern world Atheism has become more accepted and popular, especially as a reaction to global terrorism. However, the current definition of Atheism is terribly inaccurate. It cannot be stated properly that pagan Atheism is the same as New Atheism. By interpreting the Atheisms from four stages in the term’s history a clearer picture of its meaning will come out, hopefully alleviating the stereotypical biases weighed upon it. In the interpretation of the Atheisms from Pagan Antiquity, the Enlightenment, the New Atheist Movement, and the American Judicial and Civil Religious system, a defense of the theory of elastic contextual interpretations, rather than concrete definitions, shall be made. en_US
dc.publisher en
dc.rights Baylor University theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. Contact librarywebmaster@baylor.edu for inquiries about permission. en_US
dc.subject Atheism. en_US
dc.subject Context. en_US
dc.subject Semantics. en_US
dc.title Rejecting the definitive : a contextual examination of three historical stages of atheism and the legality of an American freedom from religion. en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.degree M.A. en_US
dc.rights.accessrights Worldwide access en_US
dc.contributor.department Church and State. en_US
dc.contributor.schools Baylor University. Institute of Church-State Studies. en_US


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