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This section of the book Between Faith and Unbelief: American Transcendentalists and the Challenge of Atheism contains a list of reference books and material. Atheism technically refers both to the belief that there is no personal God as an object of faith and the claim that a God cannot exist. The book demonstrates that the former position became a powerful challenge but also an expressible belief among American Transcendentalists. In the context of the Unitarian-Transcendentalist debates, infidelity became the most common term for an atheism that referred primarily to the rejection of the supernatural God of historical Christianity. Within the Unitarian-Transcendentalist tradition atheism had many other faces. A comprehensive description of the New England debate over atheism would, among other things, have to trace the corrosive implications of Lockean empiricism, Hume's skepticism, and French materialism.

Keywords: American Transcendentalists; Atheism; French materialism



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