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Unbelievers: An Emotional History of Doubt

By Alec Ryrie
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Book Details
  • Author: Alec Ryrie
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Belknap Press
  • Published: 2019-11-19
Long before philosophers started making the case for atheism, powerful, affectively laden cultural currents were sowing doubt in Europe. Alec Ryrie looks to the history of the Reformation and argues that emotions—anger at priestly corruption and anxieties attending the erosion of time-honored certainties—were the handmaidens of atheism.