Unbelievers

Unbelievers

An Emotional History of Doubt

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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, letters, and court records. Ryrie traces the roots of atheism born of anger, a sentiment familiar to anyone who has ever cursed a corrupt priest, and of doubt born of anxiety, as Christians discovered their faith was flimsier than they had believed. As the Reformation eroded time-honored certainties, Protestant radicals defended their faith by redefining it in terms of ethics. In the process they set in motion secularizing forces that soon became transformational. Unbelievers tells a powerful emotional history of doubt with potent lessons for our own angry and anxious age"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts :, The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press,, [2019]
Edition: First Harvard University Press edition
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780674241824
0674241827
Characteristics: 262 pages ; 22 cm

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