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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This book is about atheists in the ancient world, primarily in Greece: their ideas, their innovations, ... researching and writing of this bookxthat cultural and religious pluralism, and free debate, are indispensable to the good life.
All of the ideas in it are to be found in ancient Greek sources. ... and across all cultures who have resisted belief in the divine.1 It is of course undeniable that religion has dominated human culture as far back as we can trace it.
This is around the time when we find in Greece the first philosophical articulations of skepticism toward traditional religion, in the writings of Xenophanes ... It is very hard to locate the atheists in many ancient cultures.
This is in part because vastly more material survives in Greek than in all other ancient languages (including Latin) put ... Add in the huge amount of material culture, art, stone inscription, and papyrus that Greece generated over a ...
he territory that we today call Greecexand which the Greeks have since antiquity called Hellasxis a peninsula jutting down ... Minoan culture collapsed rapidly, perhaps thanks to ecological disaster in the form of a massive volcanic ...
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What I found especially fascinating about this book was the fundamental point that he makes about peoples attitudes towards religion. The idea of a single unified faith community is a mirage ..both in ... Read full review
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This is a very good history of ancient Greek society and the role of mythology. It also extends in the peak of the Roman empire. Unfortunately, there is little about the existence or role of atheism ... Read full review
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