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In this book, Michael J. Buckley investigates the rise of modern atheism, arguing convincingly that its roots reach back to the seventeenth century, when Catholic theologians began to call upon philosophy and science-rather than any intrinsically religious experience-to defend the existence of god. Buckley discusses in detail thinkers such as Lessius, Mersenne, Descartes, and Newton, who paved the way for the explicit atheism of Diderot and D'Holbach in the eighteenth century. "[A] capaciously learned and brilliantly ...

At the Origins of Modern Atheism 1990, Yale University Press, New Haven, CT

ISBN-13: 9780300048971

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At the Origins of Modern Atheism 1987, Yale University Press

ISBN-13: 9780300037197