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Western Atheism - 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 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.

Introductionp. 1
The Pre-Socratic Periodp. 7
The Socratic Periodp. 24
The Hellenistic Agep. 35
The Roman Periodp. 44
Conclusionp. 50
Note on Jewish Atheism and Agnosticism before the Fall of Jerusalem, AD 71p. 52
The Middle Agesp. 57
The Renaissance and the Rise of Sciencep. 70
The Enlightenmentp. 97
The Nineteenth Century to the Present Dayp. 118
Conclusionp. 137
Afterwordp. 139
Select Bibliographyp. 149
Index of Namesp. 153
Subject Indexp. 156
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ISBN: 9781573927567
ISBN-10: 1573927562
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 157
Published: 1st December 1999
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.3 x 14.0  x 0.9
Weight (kg): 0.2
Edition Number: 1