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.
It is not my aim to prove the truth (or indeed falsehood) of atheism as a philosophical position. I do, however, have a strong convictionxa conviction that has hardened in the course of the researching and writing of this bookxthat ...
This is around the time when we find in Greece the first philosophical articulations of skepticism toward traditional religion, in the writings of Xenophanes ...
There is a comparable story told of Diogenes the Cynic, Greek philosophy}s most subversive wit. It is said that while another man was marveling at a series of temple dedications put up by survivors of sea storms, Diogenes retorted that ...
This was not a problem that presented itself in traditional Greek religion, since gods were thought (except by a few philosophers) to be entirely of this world. They may have dwelled on the most remote, elevated mountain in Greece ...
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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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