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Battling the gods

atheism in the ancient world

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Published by Knopf in New York .
Written in English


The Physical Object
FormatHardcover
Number of Pages304
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL25912891M
ISBN 100307958329
ISBN 109780307958327

Review of Whitmarsh, Battling the Gods Diagoras and his peers — like Euhemerus, Theodorus, and Democritus — make up the central thesis of a book released Tuesday on ancient atheism: In Battling the Gods, University of Cambridge

Battling the Gods is the first book on the origins of the secular values at the heart of the modern state. Authoritative and bold, provocative and humane, it reveals how atheism and doubt, far from being modern phenomena, have intrigued the human imagination for thousands of years. a book, Battling the Gods: Atheism in the Ancient World, which will be published in November in the USA by Knopf, and in February in the UK by Faber and Faber. Classical arguments All of the arguments used today against the existence of gods were first raised by the philosophers of ancient

Battling the Gods by Tim Whitmarsh, , available at Book Depository with free delivery :// In Battling the Gods Tim Whitmarsh counters the idea that atheism is a new phenomenon, a result of the 18th century European Enlightenment, by using reason, history, and a careful examination of written works from the classical ages of Greece and :// The Gods Atheism In.


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Buy Battling the Gods: Atheism in the Ancient World First Edition by Whitmarsh, Tim (ISBN: ) from Amazon's Book Store. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible ://   Battling the Gods is a very well-researched and excellently written account of atheism in pre-christian Greece and Rome, mostly as it appears in philosophy.

In light of the fact that most people tend to think that atheism is something new, something that never existed pre-Enlightenment, I found the book to be very :// In Battling the Gods Tim Whitmarsh counters the idea that atheism is a new phenomenon, a result of the 18th century European Enlightenment, by using reason, history, and a careful examination of written works from the classical ages of Greece and ://   Battling the Gods is the first book on the origins of the secular values at the heart of the modern state.

Authoritative and bold, provocative and humane, it reveals how atheism and doubt, far from being modern phenomena, have intrigued the human imagination for Battling the Gods fills a gap that probably few of us had even been aware of, and does so comprehensively.” —Tom Holland, New Statesman “Illuminating, lively, learned and cliché-busting a work of openly committed scholarship Whitmarsh aims to rescue ancient doubt and disbelief from a long tradition of slander and opprobrium   'Battling the Gods' Our Atheism Is Different.

By David Bentley Hart. June 9, Books. Secularism and Modernity. Theology. Share. Share; Twitter; Print; Buried in the pages of this short, disappointing book is a shorter, better book; and, had Tim Whitmarsh confined himself to writing simply as a classicist and historian, the latter is what   The major thesis of Tim Whitmarsh’s excellent “Battling the Gods” is that atheism — in all its nuanced varieties, even Morgenbesserian — isn’t a product of the modern age but rather Battling the Gods is a very well-researched and excellently written account of atheism in pre-christian Greece and Rome, mostly as it appears in philosophy.

In light of the fact that most people tend to think that atheism is something new, something that never existed pre-Enlightenment, I found the book to be very :// Culture > Books > Reviews Battling the Gods: Atheism in the Ancient World by Tim Whitmarsh, book review. Tim Whitmarsh salutes the ancient sceptics who cocked a snook at organised religion   Battling the gods was a common enough trope in the Greek imagination that they had a word for it: theomachia.

One might think that stories about gods as threats to humans must imply a strong   Battling the Gods is the first book on the origins of the secular values at the heart of the modern state. Authoritative and bold, provocative and humane, it reveals how atheism and doubt, far from being modern phenomena, have intrigued the human imagination for thousands of :// 图书Battling the Gods 介绍、书评、论坛及推荐.

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 :// Battling the Gods is the first book on the origins of the secular values at the heart of the modern state.

Authoritative and bold, provocative and humane, it reveals how atheism and doubt, far from being modern phenomena, have intrigued the human imagination for thousands of :// NetGalley is a site where book reviewers and other professional readers can read books before they are published, in e-galley or digital galley form.

Members register for free and can request review copies or be invited to review by the ://   Battling the Gods fills a gap that probably few of us had even been aware of, and does so comprehensively." --Tom Holland, New Statesman "Illuminating, lively, learned and cliché-busting a work of openly committed scholarship Whitmarsh aims to rescue ancient doubt and disbelief from a long tradition of slander and opprobrium   This book is similar to recent popular books pitting classical philosophical ideas against Christianity, such as Stephen Greenblatt’s bestselling book about Epicurean philosophy, The Swerve: How the World Became Modern (New York: Norton, ), or Charles Freeman’s, The Closing of the Western Mind: The Rise of Faith and the Fall of Reason Whether the book was intended to beg the question of the meaning of atheism or not, it provides ample fodder for anyone interested in the historical consistency of the term.

Battling the Gods provides enough historical material to defend the existence of ancient atheism and enough nuance to explode the concept of ancient atheism ://   Battling the Gods is a timely and wonderfully lively reminder that atheism is as old as belief.

Skepticism, Whitmarsh shows, did not slowly emerge from a fog of piety and credulity. It was there, fully formed and spoiling for a fight, in the bracing, combative air of ancient Athens.

That the fight was never decisively won -- or lost -- only   Whitmarsh delves deeply into the many philosophers who felt gods were invented by humans or saw laws, in addition to religion, as merely imposition of order.

The author’s erudition is impressive as he thoroughly explains the works of Plato, Diagoras, Anaxagoras, Theodorus, and Xenophon; however, less-informed readers may be :// The best part of Battling the Gods is the Greek chorus of atheists themselves If you’ve been paying attention to contemporary atheists you might be startled by the familiarity of the ancient positions.” —Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, The New York Times Book Review.

The best part of Battling the Gods is the Greek chorus of atheists themselves If you’ve been paying attention to contemporary atheists you might be startled by the familiarity of the ancient positions.” —Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, The New York Times Book ReviewWhitmarsh explains this in the last parts of his book.

This is the most important message in his book and it relates to Constantine the Great (c. – CE). Constantine, to cement his dynasty and protect the Roman empire from the collapse it was experiencing in the west, decided to move his capital to Constantinople (modern Istanbul).

Another edict he issued in his reign was an order “Battling the Gods is a timely and wonderfully lively reminder that atheism is as old as belief. Skepticism, Whitmarsh shows, did not slowly emerge from a fog of piety and credulity. It was there, fully formed and spoiling for a fight, in the bracing, combative air of ancient ://