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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It matters not just for intellectual reasonsxthat is, because it behooves us to understand the past as fully as we canxbut also on moral, indeed political grounds. History confers authority and legitimacy. This is why authoritarian ...
Of course, because it is a temple inscription, this is a morality tale, and the disbeliever gets his comeuppance. But surely the initial reactions of ˇApistos˘ must have been relatively common. It does not require a postEnlightenment ...
Just as there were no mechanisms for creating moral or spiritual orthodoxy across the whole of Greece, so within the individual cities themselves the power of religious institutions was curtailed. Not that religion occupied a marginal ...
These stories were central to Greek identity: they spoke of Greeks} moral and military superiority over other peoples, of the terrors of distant sea travel, and of the central importance of home, family, and community.
... the power of the Olympian gods and sometimes (as in the Odyssey) presents Zeus as the guarantor of morality. ... including the religious.4 It is, however, hard to derive a coherent or moral view of the gods from these poems, ...
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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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