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In praise of polytheism

In praise of polytheism

  • ISBN: 9780520342248
  • Editorial: University of California Press
  • Lugar de la edición: Berkeley (CA). Estados Unidos de Norteamérica
  • Encuadernación: Cartoné
  • Medidas: 22 cm
  • Nº Pág.: 164
  • Idiomas: Inglés

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What ancient polytheistic religions can teach us about building inclusive and equitable futures

At the heart of this book is a simple comparison: monotheistic religions are exclusive, whereas ancient polytheistic religions are inclusive. In this thought-provoking book, Maurizio Bettini, one of today's foremost classicists, uses the expansiveness of ancient polytheism to shine a bright light on a darker corner of our modern times.

It can be easy to see ancient religions as inferior, less free, and remote from shared visions of an inclusive world. But, as Bettini deftly shows, many ancient practices tended to produce results aligned with contemporary progressive values, like pluralism and diversity. In Praise of Polytheism does not chastise the modern world or blame monotheism for our woes but rather shows in clear, sharp prose how much we can learn from ancient religions, underscoring the limitations of how we view the world and ourselves today.

Introduction: The Gods in Exile

1. Sacrificing the Nativity Scene and Bombing the Mosque

2. Festivity Figurines: Animals, Shepherds, Three Kings

3. End of the Year Figurines: Sigilla, Sigillaria, and Compitalia

4. A Life Through Figurines: The Lararium

5. Thou Shalt Have No Other God Before Me

6. Translating the Gods, Translating God

7. Grammatical Paradoxes: The Name of God

8. The Interpretatio of the Gods

9. Polytheism, Curiosity, and Knowledge

10. What If Monotheisms Were Just Polytheisms in Disguise?

11. Tolerance vs. Interpretatio

12. Polytheism as Language

13. Giving Citizenship to the Gods

14. The Long Shadow of Words

15. The Twilight of Writing, the Sunset of Scripture

Appendix A. Religious Tolerance and Intolerance in the Ancient World
Appendix B. The Ups and Downs of Paganus


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