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 is a myth nurtured by both sides of the ˇnew atheism˘ debate: adherents wish to present skepticism toward the supernatural as the result of science}s progressive eclipse of religion, and the religious wish to see it as a ...
Anthropologists too have found plenty of evidence for skeptics in non-Western cultures. ... It is not strange or exceptional to adopt a skeptical approach toward the supernatural: anyone in any culture at any time can do so.
... Second Temple period (in the aftermath of the conquests of the Persian king Cyrus the Great in 539 BC). This is around the time when we find in Greece the first philosophical articulations of skepticism toward traditional religion, ...
... the official record, as it were, Greek historians have the outtakes and the alternative versions. Greek history tells us about eccentrics, deviants, miscreants, and skeptics. History is, so we are often told, written by the winners.
Aside from 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, ...
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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
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