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Imagine there's no heaven : how atheism helped create the modern world

Author: Mitchell Stephens
Publisher: New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"The historical achievements of religious belief have been large and well chronicled. But what about the accomplishments of those who have challenged religion? Traveling from classical Greece to twenty-first century America, Imagine There s No Heaven explores the role of disbelief in shaping Western civilization. At each juncture common themes emerge: by questioning the role of gods in the heavens or the role of a  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mitchell Stephens
ISBN: 9781137002600 1137002603
OCLC Number: 852658386
Description: viii, 328 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Prologue. Everything must be examined --
How can that be? Why disbelief --
A clear understanding of what happened: disbelief and learning arrive together in Greece --
They forbid rational speculation: disbelief and learning decline together in Christian Europe --
Nothing but this visible world: Europe's return to reason --
How Heaven goes: disbelief and science in the seventeenth century --
Open your eyes: the beginnings of the Enlightenment --
Bombs on the House of the Lord: the Enlightenment argument for atheism --
The beast let loose: revolution in America and France --
This glorious land of freedom: abolition, suffrage and freethinking --
Free rovers on the broad, bright, breezy common of the universe: working-class atheism in nineteenth-century Britain --
To wipe away the entire horizon: creating the twentieth century --
The passions of this earth: living without gods --
The gods are being driven from the earth: secularism in Europe and America --
This breach of naïveté: religion unregarded --
Epilogue. Above us only sky.
Other Titles: Imagine there is no heaven
Responsibility: Mitchell Stephens.

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From ancient Greece to modern Europe, Imagine There's No Heaven explores the role of disbelief in shaping human history. Exploring the lives of famous atheists as well as forgotten men and women who  Read more...

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[The] story of atheism as an articulate movement. We learn an enormous amount about figures censored out of history, and about the persecution that freethinkers suffered until shockingly recently. Read more...

 
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