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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

  • Introduction
  • 1. An Age of Suspicion
    • Impostors, Drunkards and Flat-Earthers
    • The Fool’s Heart
    • Physicians, ‘Naturians’ and ‘Nulla Fidians’
    • From Ancient to Modern
  • 2. The Reformation and the Battle for Credulity
    • Calvin and the Epicures
    • Between Superstition and Impiety
    • ‘Doubt Wisely’: From Innocence to Experience
  • 3. The Atheist’s Comedy
    • Incest, Thunder and Wishful Thinking
    • Shaking Off the Yoke
    • The Good Atheist
  • 4. The Puritan Atheist
    • ‘The Monster of the Creation’
    • Horrid Temptations
    • Fear of Flying
  • 5. Seeking and Losing Faith
    • ‘It’s a Great Matter to Believe there is a God’
    • The Spiritualists’ Progress
    • Farther Up and Farther In
    • Seeking a Rock to Build On
  • 6. The Abolition of God
    • The Three Impostors
    • From Then to Now, I: Anger
    • From Then to Now, II: Anxiety
    • From Jesus to Hitler
  • Acknowledgements
  • Notes
  • Index

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