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Unbelievers : an emotional history of doubt

Author: Alec Ryrie
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts. : The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, [2019] ©2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First Harvard University Press editionView all editions and formats
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"Looking back to the crisis of the Reformation and beyond, Unbelievers shows how, long before philosophers started to make the case for atheism, powerful cultural currents were challenging traditional faith. These tugged in different ways not only on celebrated thinkers such as Machiavelli, Montaigne, Hobbes, and Pascal, but on men and women at every level of society whose voices we hear through their diaries,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alec Ryrie
ISBN: 9780674241824 0674241827
OCLC Number: 1089961567
Notes: "First published in Great Britain in 2019 by William Collins"--Title page verso.
Description: 262 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: 1. An age of suspicion: Impostors, drunkards and flat-earthers --
The fool's heart --
Physicians, 'naturians' and 'Nulla fidians' --
From ancient to modern --
2. The Reformation and the battle for credulity: Calvin and the Epicures --
Between superstition and impiety --
'Doubt wisely': from innocence to experience --
3. The atheist's comedy: Incest, thunder and wishful thinking --
Shaking off the yoke --
The good atheist --
4. The Puritan atheist: 'The monster of the creation' --
Horrid temptations --
Fear of flying --
5. Seeking and losing faith: 'It's a great matter to believe there is a God' --
The spiritualists' progress --
Farther up and farther in --
Seeking a rock to build on --
6. The abolition of God: The three impostors --
From then to now, I: anger --
From then to now, II: anxiety --
From Jesus to Hitler.
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Long before philosophers started making the case for atheism, powerful, affectively laden cultural currents were sowing doubt in Europe. Alec Ryrie looks to the history of the Reformation and argues  Read more...

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Engaging...Ryrie is a careful observer of history and...a good explainer of complicated theology.--Bill Tammeus"National Catholic Reporter" (04/01/2020) An elegant and canny book...It offers a Read more...

 
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