As If God Existed

As If God Existed

Religion and Liberty in the History of Italy

eBook - 2012
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Religion and liberty are often thought to be mutual enemies: if religion has a natural ally, it is authoritarianism--not republicanism or democracy. But in this book, Maurizio Viroli, a leading historian of republican political thought, challenges this conventional wisdom. He argues that political emancipation and the defense of political liberty have always required the self-sacrifice of people with religious sentiments and a religious devotion to liberty. This is particularly the case when liberty is threatened by authoritarianism: the staunchest defenders of liberty are those who feel a de.
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, Ă2012
ISBN: 9781400845514
1400845513
9780691142357
0691142351
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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