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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... and Identity in the Ancient Greek Novel: Returning Romance The Second Sophistic Ancient Greek Literature Greek Literature and the Roman Empire: The Politics of Imitation Battling the Gods ATHEISM IN THE ANCIENT WORLD Tim Whitmarsh.
In time, politicians and rulers realized the power of 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, ...
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. History confers authority and legitimacy. This is why authoritarian ...
Imagine a history of twenty-firstcentury British politics that relied solely on the parliamentary records in Hansard: it would tell you much about the institutional workings of Westminster government but very little of the complex ...
By the eighth century BC, we can see the first signs of the emergence of the polis (the root of the English ˇpolitical,˘ ˇpolicy,˘ and ˇpolice˘). The polis (at least the larger variety) would gradually ...
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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
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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