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Whitmarsh, Tim

Battling the Gods

Atheism in the Ancient World

Battling the Gods
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  • Hardcover
  • 1018836
  • 01.11.2016
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 seeds of disbelief in a deeply Christian Europe, atheism was a matter of serious public debate in the Greek world. But history is written by... mehr
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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 seeds of disbelief in a deeply Christian Europe, atheism was a matter of serious public debate in the Greek world. But history is written by those who prevail, and the Age of Faith mostly suppressed the lively free-thinking voices of antiquity. Tim Whitmarsh brings to life the fascinating ideas of Diagoras of Melos, perhaps the first self-professed atheist; Democritus, the first materialist; and Epicurus and his followers. He shows how the early Christians came to define themselves against atheism, and so suppress the philosophy of disbelief.

2016. 304 pages, 23,7 x 16,5 cm, HC. Faber & Faber, London.
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»Brilliant... This is an invigorating, urgent book that makes an important contribution to a central contemporary debate. Whitmarsh makes a compelling case that atheism has had a distinguished and varied lineage.« Emily Wilson, The Guardian »[A] beautifully written and highly persuasive account of the origins of atheism in the West.« Peter... mehr
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»Brilliant... This is an invigorating, urgent book that makes an important contribution to a central contemporary debate. Whitmarsh makes a compelling case that atheism has had a distinguished and varied lineage.« Emily Wilson, The Guardian

»[A] beautifully written and highly persuasive account of the origins of atheism in the West.« Peter Jones, The Literary Review

»Excellent... Whitmarsh argues convincingly that... [atheism] isn’t a product of the modern age but rather reaches back to early Western intellectual tradition in the ancient Greek world... 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



»Remarkable... a sophisticated and nuanced account of a fascinating and too often overlooked world... as impressive for its breadth and erudition as for the concision, clarity and ease with which it conveys... a complex story. Mr. Whitmarsh’s book is a delight to read.« Christopher Carroll, The Wall Street Journal
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