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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... of this bookxthat cultural and religious pluralism, and free debate, are indispensable to the good life. A Dialogue THERSANDER: The gods are dead. Their withered bodies Cover Also by Tim Whitmarsh Title Page Copyright Dedication Preface.
... religious belief and cynically twisted it to their own ends. There are no gods overseeing social order, punishing wrongdoing; that is simply what our leaders teach us, to keep us in check. DIOTIMUS: Atheism is a fad. Future generations ...
... religion. Religious universalismxthe idea that belief in gods is the default setting for human beingsxis everywhere in the modern world. There is a growing trend toward speaking of religion as ˇingrained,˘ or even ˇhardwired˘ into the ...
... religious culture of a given society, however, because the standard ethnographies are normative ones: they tend to project religion as not just uniform within a particular cultural group but even constitutive of it. When we want to ...
... religious belief is treated as deep and ancient and disbelief as recent, then atheism can readily be dismissed as faddish and inconsequential. Perhaps, even, the persecution of atheists can be seen as a less serious problem than the ...
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