Incarnational Atheists?

“Many atheists deny God because they care so passionately about a caring and personal God and the world around them is inconsistent with a God of love, they feel, and so they say, ‘There is no God.’ But even denying God, to serve music, or painting, or words is a religious activity, whether or not the conscious mind is willing to accept that fact. Basically there can be no categories as ‘religious’ art and ‘secular’ art because all true art is incarnational, and therefore ‘religious.'”

Madeleine L’Engle, Walking On Water

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  1. What about artwork that is explicitly anti-theistic?

    There’s an example of anti-theistic poetry here:

    http://warlockslair.wordpress.com/2008/03/27/of-the-great-dragon-that-is-called-thou-shalt/

    Keep in mind that this piece of writing might offend you – it’s not my intention to offend you. It’s not even my intention to say that this is good poetry – I find it interesting more than anything else.

    But it is a form of poetry, and it is explicitly anti-theistic. I’m just wondering what your view on such a phenomenon would be.

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