Battling the Gods: Atheism in the Ancient World

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 18. okt. 2016 - 304 síğur
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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. Whitmarsh provides a bracing antidote to our assumptions about the roots of freethinking. By shining a light on atheism’s first thousand years, Battling the Gods offers a timely reminder that nonbelief has a wealth of tradition of its own, and, indeed, its own heroes.

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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

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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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Polytheistic Greece
15
Good Books
28
Battling the Gods
40
The Material Cosmos
52
Cause and Effect
75
Concerning the Gods I Cannot Know
87
Playing the Gods
97
Atheism on Trial
115
PART THREE
139
Gods and Kings
145
Philosophical Atheism
156
Epicurus Theomakhos
173
With Gods on Our Side
193
Virtual Networks
205
Imagine
215
Christians Heretics and Other Atheists
231

Plato and the Atheists
125

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TIM WHITMARSH is currently the A. G. Leventis Professor of Greek Culture at the University of Cambridge. He has published widely on ancient prose fiction, including Narrative and Identity in the Ancient Greek Novel: Returning Romance, and edited The Cambridge Companion to the Greek and Roman Novel.

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