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An Emotional History of Doubt

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$27.95 • £22.95 • €27.00

ISBN 9780674241824

Publication Date: 11/19/2019


272 pages

5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches

Belknap Press

Not for sale in UK, British Commonwealth (except Canada), Europe and Israel

An informative, engaging, creative, and persuasive account of the origin of unbelief in western societies. The research is deep and the writing sprightly. Ryrie’s central argument is that unbelief existed as practice before it existed in theory, that moral intuitions counted much more heavily than philosophical arguments in the emergence of atheism, and that ‘an emotional history’ of anger at Christian authorities and anxiety arising from disputes internal to Christianity pointed the way to the rejection of traditional Christianity and open atheism of more recent centuries.—Mark Noll, coeditor of Protestantism after 500 Years

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