Ernst Bloch’s Atheism in Christianity, published with Peter Thompson’s authoritative and engaging introduction , was Nicholas Lezard’s choice in the Guardian Review.
Lezard’s review, ‘The world turned upside down’, calls Atheism in Christianity “exhilarating to read … resonant with urgency, recalling the sonorous, aphoristic qualities of Nietzsche or Schopenhauer, in whose tradition he follows …”. Lezard continues:
Bloch’s central obsession was with utopia, which here manifests itself not as a prescriptive idea but as an inquiry into what the very existence of religion implies regarding the oppressive nature of society, and existence. What we get here is so far removed from the traditional pieties of pulpit or homily that you can at times feel as if the world has been turned upside down. … “Thought-provoking” hardly begins to cover it.”
Read the full article here.
Peter Thompson will be taking part in a panel discussion at Birkbeck College, London on Saturday 17th October. The event is centred around Atheism in Christianity, taking its title from one of its epigraphs, ‘Only an atheist can be a good Christian; only a Christian can be a good atheist’. Further details to be announced soon.