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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... I Cannot Know˘ Chapter 7: Playing the Gods Chapter 8: Atheism on Trial Chapter 9: Plato and the Atheists Part Three: The Hellenistic Era Chapter 10: Gods and Kings Chapter 11: Philosophical Atheism Chapter 12: Epicurus Theomakhos ...
Already in the fourth century BC, Plato imagines a believer chastising an atheist: ˇYou and your friends are not the first to have held this view about the gods! There are always those who suffer from this illness, in greater or lesser ...
... it also (as Plato rightly says) exists throughout history. A thoughtful study by John Arnold of Birkbeck College in the University of London, for instance, has explored the position of the ˇunbelievers˘ in medieval Christian Europe, ...
These might claim to be divinely inspired (as the rhapsode Ion does in Plato}s dialogue of the same name), but their aim was to thrill, inspire, and instruct, not to fill their audiences with a sense of the godhead.
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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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