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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Aside from the story}s wonderful self-consciousnessxa miracle inscription about someone who didn}t believe in miracle ... the subsuming of the Greek-speaking world into the Roman Empire; and, finally, the arrival of Christianity.
... like Ajax and Achilles (and in time historical individuals like Alexander the Great and any given Roman emperor); and ... The crucial point, however, is that in almost every case, a god was associated with a particular building in a ...
But there are many dimensions to religious experience, and this personal, emotional aspect is only one of them. ... The explanations for the rise of Christianity are many and contested, but one thing is indisputable: when Rome}s rulers ...
Whatever the effects religion generates at the emotional level for those who practice, it is also at the structural level ... so the one god of Christianity reflected the aspirations of the political classes of the later Roman Empire.
The Roman emperor Justinian passed a law in AD 530 requiring the presence of ˇholy scriptures˘ in court throughout ... to swear on sacred texts.1 Jewish, Christian, and Muslim religion is structured around the idea of holy scripture.
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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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