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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... seem arrestingly 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 ...
... seems to work and excise all evidence to the contrary.8 In this book I seek to tell the story of Greek atheism over a thousandyear period, against the backdrop of huge historical changes: the emergence of Greece from its ˇdark ages ...
... seems to have risen rapidly. Life expectancy shot up, and health and diet improved (as indicated by dental conditions and heights of surviving skeletons). Houses grew in size. The mainland Greek population seems to have doubled. During ...
... 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 discussion into three categories: ˇthe sacred,˘ ˇquestions ...
... 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 with the law. Legal judgment was never theologized in ancient Greece: verdicts were ...
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