Ch. 4 – Being is Time

Traditionally, theology is focussed on eternal life. It is surprising therefore that the question of temporality is not more prominent in atheist discourse. This chapter attempts to remedy this situation by arguing that notions of life and death are radically entwined, and that mortality and finitude should be place to the fore in any worthy atheist discourse. Following insights primarily gained from Martin Heidegger, Martin Hägglund and Jean-Paul Sartre I argue for the value of reconfigured notions of time, death, immanence, transcendence, and love. The stakes of atheism must thus re-focus itself on an understanding of human reality as determinable in confronting the changing nature of our lived environment.

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