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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... modern, that is no coincidence. We are still, in the twenty-first century, grappling with issues that are at least two and a half millennia old. Atheism, we are so often told, is a modern invention, a product of the European ...
... modern world. There is a growing trend toward speaking of religion as ˇingrained,˘ or even ˇhardwired˘ into the human subject. So-called neurotheologists have even sought to identify a part of the brain, the so-called god spot, where ...
... modern scholars have allowed their own religious values to percolate into their writing about antiquity. Even today, scholarly discussions of ancient atheism can prompt undignified tirades against ˇpopulist, fundamentalist atheism˘ and ...
... modern West, and particularly Christianity. But this itself has been part of the problem. So keen have classicists been to avoid ˇChristianizing˘ the Greeks (a cardinal offense in the academy!) that the standard textbooks have tended to ...
... modern atheism, classical learning was ubiquitous (among the educated at least). In that period, those who campaigned for a world without gods could appeal to the authority of Epicurus and Lucretius, or refer to Diagoras of Melos and ...
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