Nazi children, Christian anti-semitism, and the new atheist in William Styron's Sophie's Choice

Michael Lackey

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Abstract

Traditional atheists believe that the loss of faith leads to melancholic mourning. New atheists, by contrast, consider the Godconcept to be a hideous human invention, so they rejoice rather than mourn on the occasion of God's death. Sophie is a traditional atheist early in the novel Sophie's Choice, but she is a new atheist by the end. What leads to her transformation is her realization that Christianity made the Nazis believe that exterminating the Jews was a political necessity. She makes this discovery in a conversation with the eleven-year-old Emmi, the daughter of the Commandant of Auschwitz.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)138-164
Number of pages27
JournalMFS - Modern Fiction Studies
Volume60
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014
Externally publishedYes

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