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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... survive, while their foolish leaders pitch them from one disaster to another. DIOTIMUS: The people need their gods, in this perilous world of ours. It is their comfort and stay. THERSANDER: Yes, of course religion offers comfort and ...
... survival of the soul into the afterlife.4 The history of atheism matters. 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 ...
... survive written by the Greek medical writer Galen alone than of the literature of ancient Sumer, Babylon, Egypt, and Israel combined. Add in the huge amount of material culture, art, stone inscription, and papyrus that Greece generated ...
... survived in burial sites across Greece and southern Italy, giving instructions on how to survive in the afterlife. (Typically, initiates are told to follow the path between the white cypress trees and the marsh until reaching the lake ...
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