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 dialogue, between a religious devotee and an atheist intellectual in Athens at the end of the fifth century BC, did not take place. But it could have done. All of the ideas in it are to be found in ancient Greek sources.
If religious belief is treated as deep and ancient and disbelief as recent, then atheism can readily be dismissed as ... the time when we find in Greece the first philosophical articulations of skepticism toward traditional religion, ...
In the Western world, it is only for ancient Greece, and later Greekinfluenced Rome, that the scattered tesserae can be ... Accounts of Greek religion and culture have almost always been written from the point of view of the believers.
Since then, historians of Greek religion have sought to define it by contrast with the monotheistic religions of the ... So keen have classicists been to avoid ˇChristianizing˘ the Greeks (a cardinal offense in the academy!) that the ...
... story}s wonderful self-consciousnessxa miracle inscription about someone who didn}t believe in miracle inscriptionsxit also provides precious evidence for religious skepticism in practice, as espoused by a regular, everyday Greek.
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LibraryThing ReviewUmsögn notanda - booktsunami - LibraryThing
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
LibraryThing ReviewUmsögn notanda - grandpahobo - LibraryThing
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
Battling the Gods
The Material Cosmos
Cause and Effect
Concerning the Gods I Cannot Know
Playing the Gods
Plato and the Atheists
Gods and Kings
With Gods on Our Side
Atheism on Trial