Does anyone know of any literature/novels - the classics - that are clearly atheist in scope?

I'll start with W. Somerset Maugham. In his novel 'Of Human Bondage' (completed in 1915, though set in and mostly written at the end of the 19th century) the protagonist, Phillip Carey, after several discussions about god and religion, goes for a walk up a hill and, overlooking a vast valley, realises that god does not exist...

"He was free from degrading fears and free from prejudice. He could go his way without the intolerable dread of hell-fire... He could breathe more freely in a lighter air... Freedom! He was his own master at last. From old habit, unconsciously he thanked god that he no longer believed in him..."

Tags: bondage, carey, god, human, literature, maugham

Views: 47

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

There is one book with long atheist discussions: 

Atheism In Literature - E. G. Howe

I am hoping to hear of some more.  

atheist heros and heroines; madayln murray ohair
literature but more-so facts from the past and present in my h o

RSS

Support Atheist Nexus

Donate Today

Donate

 

Help Nexus When You Buy From Amazon

Amazon

 

Latest Activity

Tom Sarbeck replied to Bertold Brautigan's discussion And Now, for Something Totally New in Televangelism - Televangelist pastor accused of forcing vasectomies and abortions on church members
6 minutes ago
Sentient Biped replied to Bertold Brautigan's discussion And Now, for Something Totally New in Televangelism - Televangelist pastor accused of forcing vasectomies and abortions on church members
9 minutes ago
Sentient Biped commented on Joan Denoo's blog post 10 Ways to Stop Feeling Overworked and Overwhelmed BY JEFF HADEN
11 minutes ago
Tom Sarbeck replied to Deidre's discussion Dogmatic atheism?
11 minutes ago
Tom Sarbeck replied to Deidre's discussion Dogmatic atheism?
13 minutes ago
Sentient Biped replied to chares martel's discussion Would you rather America won the Vietnam War?
13 minutes ago
jay H replied to Just a Voice's discussion Is consciousness nothing more than a veneer of our biological underpinnings?
16 minutes ago
Bertold Brautigan replied to Ruth Anthony-Gardner's discussion In Liberia Christian Churches blame gays for Ebola in the group LGBTQI atheists, nontheists, and friends
23 minutes ago
Michael Penn commented on Joan Denoo's blog post According to the Bible, God drowns, kills, slaughters, genocides, stones, burns, mauls, rapes, crushes, ....
26 minutes ago
Joan Denoo replied to Deidre's discussion Dogmatic atheism?
30 minutes ago
Michael Penn replied to Bertold Brautigan's discussion And Now, for Something Totally New in Televangelism - Televangelist pastor accused of forcing vasectomies and abortions on church members
33 minutes ago
Deidre replied to Deidre's discussion Dogmatic atheism?
35 minutes ago

© 2014   Atheist Nexus. All rights reserved. Admin: Richard Haynes.

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service