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

dc.contributor.advisorParrish, T. Michael.
dc.contributor.authorQuillen, Ethan Gjerset.
dc.contributor.departmentChurch and State.en_US
dc.contributor.schoolsBaylor University. Institute of Church-State Studies.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2011-09-14T13:03:54Z
dc.date.available2011-09-14T13:03:54Z
dc.date.copyright2011-08
dc.date.issued2011-09-14
dc.description.abstractThe 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.description.degreeM.A.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2104/8239
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
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dc.rights.accessrightsWorldwide accessen_US
dc.subjectAtheism.en_US
dc.subjectContext.en_US
dc.subjectSemantics.en_US
dc.titleRejecting the definitive : a contextual examination of three historical stages of atheism and the legality of an American freedom from religion.en_US
dc.typeThesisen_US

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