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Battling the gods : atheism in the ancient world

Author: Tim Whitmarsh
Publisher: New York, NY : Alfred A. Knopf, 2015.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Whitmarsh, Tim.
Battling the gods.
©2015
(DLC) 2015005799
(OCoLC)906294429
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Tim Whitmarsh
ISBN: 9780307958334 0307958337 9780571279326 0571279325
OCLC Number: 978273105
Notes: "This is a Borzoi book."
Description: 1 online resource (ix, 291 pages)
Contents: A dialogue --
Part one: Archaic Greece. Polytheistic Greece --
Good books --
Battling the gods --
The material cosmos --
Part two: classical Athens. Cause and effect --
"Concerning the gods, I cannot know" --
Playing the gods --
Atheism on trial --
Plato and the Atheists --
Part three: the Hellenistic era. Gods and Kings --
Philosophical atheism --
Epicurus Theomakhos --
Part four: Rome. With gods on our side --
Virtual networks --
Imagine --
Christians, heretics, and other atheists.
Responsibility: Tim Whitmarsh.

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How new is atheism?In Battling the Gods, Tim Whitmarsh journeys into the ancient Mediterranean to recover the stories of those who first refused the divinities.Long before the Enlightenment sowed the  Read more...

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