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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Christianity and atheism. I. Title. BL2747.3.W45 2015 200.938xdc23 2015005799 eBook ISBNg 9780307958334 Cover design by Oliver Munday Cover image: Marble bust of Apollo. Regent Antiques, London, UK v4.1_r1 ep Contents Cover Also by Tim ...
... Gods 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.
Atheism in the Ancient World Tim Whitmarsh. Chapter 15: Imagine Chapter 16: Christians, Heretics, and Other Atheists Acknowledgments Notes A Note About the Author To the people of Greece in these difficult times Preface.
Such views have their modern roots in the ideas of European theorists of natural religion like Joseph François Lafitau, who aimed to demonstrate that all peoples have the innate potential for Christianity (and hence to legitimate the ...
A thoughtful study by John Arnold of Birkbeck College in the University of London, for instance, has explored the position of the ˇunbelievers˘ in medieval Christian Europe, arguing that the idea of a single, unified faith community is ...
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LibraryThing ReviewUmsögn notanda - booktsunami - LibraryThing
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
LibraryThing ReviewUmsögn notanda - grandpahobo - LibraryThing
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
Battling the Gods
The Material Cosmos
Cause and Effect
Concerning the Gods I Cannot Know
Playing the Gods
Plato and the Atheists
Gods and Kings
With Gods on Our Side
Atheism on Trial