Battling the Gods: Atheism in the Ancient World
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 10. nóv. 2015 - 304 síđur
How new is atheism? Although adherents and opponents alike today present it as an invention of the European Enlightenment, when the forces of science and secularism broadly challenged those of faith, disbelief in the gods, in fact, originated in a far more remote past. In Battling the Gods, Tim Whitmarsh journeys into the ancient Mediterranean, a world almost unimaginably different from our own, to recover the stories and voices of those who first refused the divinities.
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... Greece: their ideas, their innovations, their battles, their persecution. It is a work of history, not of ... cultural and religious pluralism, and free debate, are indispensable to the good life. A Dialogue THERSANDER: The gods are dead ...
... Greek sources. If the terms of the debate seem arrestingly modern, that is no coincidence. We are still, in the ... culture as far back as we can trace it. The problem lies with the normative claims built on that observation. Too often ...
... Greece the first philosophical articulations of skepticism toward traditional religion, in the writings of ... cultures. We do not find them in Ugaritic royal literature or in the Hebrew Bible, say; nor indeed would we expect to. In ...
... culture, art, stone inscription, and papyrus that Greece generated over a thousand-year period, and we can begin to get a sense of why the documentation for the inhabitants of this small peninsula and its diaspora is so much richer. But ...
... Greeks have since antiquity called Hellasxis a peninsula jutting down southward into the central Mediterranean ... culture collapsed rapidly, perhaps thanks to ecological disaster in the form of a massive volcanic eruption on Thera ...
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