Western Atheism: A Short History

Western Atheism: A Short History

by James Thrower
     
 

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Much has been written on religions of all types, the history of religious belief, and on the supernatural interpretation of the world, but where can we turn for an account of unbelief-the naturalistic alternative?

James Thrower's concise and direct approach examines the thinkers and schools which defined atheism, beginning with Greece, Rome, and Israel. He… See more details below

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Much has been written on religions of all types, the history of religious belief, and on the supernatural interpretation of the world, but where can we turn for an account of unbelief-the naturalistic alternative?

James Thrower's concise and direct approach examines the thinkers and schools which defined atheism, beginning with Greece, Rome, and Israel. He notes that the intellectual status of unbelief rose significantly in Western Europe as a result of the clash in the Middle Ages between the powerful force of faith and the emerging but still limited influence of reason. Physical science was developing and the world of the intellect would expand during the Renaissance that followed.

This delightfully pertinent short history illustrates the leading issues separating the theist from the atheist and agnostic, and sheds light on world events and the inconsistencies inherent in supernaturalism and theistic theories. Thrower discusses atheism both as a reaction to belief and as a separate and consistent form of belief in a world stripped of the divine, where reason, science, and humankind's endless search for knowledge flourish.

James Thrower (Aberdeen, Scotland) is professor of the history of religions at King's College, the University of Aberdeen.

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Thrower (history of religions, U. of Aberdeen, Scotland) demonstrates that atheism is not merely a modern phenomenon, initiated during the 18th-century Enlightenment, but rather, that it has its roots in ancient Greek, Roman, and Israeli cultures. He explores how atheism was often expressed in opposition to the predominant religious views of the day, and how it has recently developed into a philosophical perspective independent of any religious interpretations. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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ISBN-13:
9781615923502
Publisher:
Prometheus Books
Publication date:
11/01/1999
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