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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... 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 its ...
... scholarly parlance) in society, fully naturalized in all of the day-to-day rhythms of the ancient city, to the extent that no ancient could imagine a world without religion.7 This view has been buttressed by a tendency to use official ...
... Scholars have disagreed on this point, but it now seems pretty clear that the Greeks did distinguish categorically between the sacred and the secular realms. In democratic Athens, for example, the Council divided its items for ...
... scholar) that religion was ˇembedded in all aspects of life, public and private˘ seems to misrepresent the situation.13 There are other areas of Greek civic life that we would define as ˇsecular.˘ Crucially, the gods had little to do ...
... scholars have argued that Zeus}s plan was to take revenge upon the Trojans for the kidnapping of Helen (but why then so much suffering on both sides?). There are other theories, but they all suffer from the same flaw: they assume that ...
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