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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... divine. All people have that capacity, even if some choose not to use it. That is why there has never been, and never will be, a society without gods. THERSANDER: Humans created gods. Primitive humans saw divinity in the sun, moon, and ...
... divine.1 It is of course undeniable that religion has dominated human culture as far back as we can trace it. The problem lies with the normative claims built on that observation. Too often religious practice is imagined to be the ...
... divine mandate. There are, to be sure, some traces in the Bible of awareness that not everyone commits equally to belief in Yahweh. The Psalms speak of wicked men who say that ˇthere is no God˘ (10:4, 14:1). Job abuses Yahweh (quite ...
... divine salvation are open to suspicion. Miracles, by their very definition, test the limits of plausibility. Greeks could see that just as well as Evans-Pritchard}s Azande. There is a comparable story told of Diogenes the Cynic, Greek ...
... divine intervention and pollution, others (notably the famous orator Demosthenes) put forward an essentially secular ... divine aspects were fully integrated) and ˇdyophysites˘ (who thought he had distinct human and divine natures). When ...
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