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|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|
"[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.