April 29, 2009 / Creative Writing
A poem by Courtney Druz.
In this issue we seek to pursue greater insight into the question of atheism by moving beyond the walls of this narrow science-religion debate and reintroducing a historical perspective. Our writers explore how modern atheism may be far more than merely an intellectual position within a certain scientific framework, and rather a more pervasive cultural ethos. Moreover, in this issue we search out how this ethos has settled deep within the structures that underwrite and organize the shape of all modern social reality.
In this essay, Ben Suriano responds to Jon Stanley’s claim that there are at least two (very biblical) ways that every Christian would do well to “quite rightly pass for an atheist.” The essay argues that every Christian should rather “quite rightly pass for a Christian” because the predominant form of atheism is in fact the core metaphysical and ontological assumption that makes possible the imperial logics operative in both the Roman and modern order.