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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... and Kings Chapter 11: Philosophical Atheism Chapter 12: Epicurus Theomakhos Part Four: Rome Chapter 13: With Gods on Our Side Chapter 14: Virtual Networks Chapter 15: Imagine Chapter 16: Christians, Heretics, and Other Atheists.
I am persuaded by those who see monotheism in the biblical form that we know it today as shaped by the returning Israelite exiles in the Second Temple period (in the aftermath of the conquests of the Persian king Cyrus the Great in 539 ...
Records kept by the Hittites in Anatolia (modern Turkey) in the fourteenth century BC make reference to kings of ˇAhhiyawa,˘ probably a form of ˇAchaea,˘ a name for the Greek mainland that appears in Homer. Indeed, if Homer}s legend of ...
The poem opens with a description of the carnage caused by the warxbodies strewn around to be consumed by dogs and birdsxand mysteriously claims that ˇthe plan of Zeus was coming to pass.˘ It looks as if the king of the gods ...
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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