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Author Viroli, Maurizio.

Title As if God existed : religion and liberty in the history of Italy / Maurizio Viroli ; translated by Alberto Nones.

Published Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, [2012]


Location Call No. Status
Uniform title Come se Dio ci fosse. English
Physical description 1 online resource
Series Books at JSTOR All Purchased.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (page) and index.
Contents Republics protected by God -- Images of the civil religion -- Republican and monarchical religion -- A religion that instills virtue -- Sacred laws and sacred republics -- Republican religion and religious reform -- A religion to live free -- Within the soul -- The twilight of republican religion -- Without God -- After the revolution -- The new alliance -- Literature and hymns of the religion of liberty -- Apostles and martyrs -- Masters -- Regrets and the quest for new faiths -- Two clashing religions -- In the name of Christ -- Inner liberty -- The religion of liberty -- A religion that instills hope -- The religion of duty -- As if God existed -- Only a god can expel a god -- Leaving life -- Twilight.
Summary 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.
Other author JSTOR, issuing body.
Subject Liberty -- History.
Religion and politics -- Italy -- History.
Religion and state -- Italy -- History.
Electronic books.
Electronic books.
Electronic books.
Standard Number 9786613852410
ISBN 1400845513 (electronic bk)
9781400845514 (electronic bk)