As If God Existed: Religion and Liberty in the History of Italy

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AS IF GOD EXISTED
RELIGION AND LIBERTY
IN THE HISTORY OF ITALY

Maurizio Viroli

Translated by Alberto Nones

PRINCETON UNIVERSITY PRESS
PRINCETON AND OXFORD

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents ix
  • Preface to the English Edition xi
  • Introduction 1
  • Part I- A Republican Christianity 13
  • 1- Republics Protected by God 15
  • 2- Images of the Civil Religion 21
  • 3- Republican and Monarchical Religion 29
  • 4- A Religion That Instills Virtue 33
  • 5- Sacred Laws and Sacred Republics 37
  • 6- Republican Religion and Religious Reform 45
  • 7- A Religion to Live Free 52
  • 8- Within the Soul 62
  • 9- The Twilight of Republican Religion 72
  • Part II- Religious Rebirth and National Emancipation 87
  • 10- Without God 89
  • 11- After the Revolution 103
  • 12- The New Alliance 115
  • 13- Literature and Hymns of the Religion of Liberty 126
  • 14- Apostles and Martyrs 140
  • 15- Masters 145
  • 16- Regrets and the Quest for New Faiths 154
  • Part III- They Got Too Close to the Light 173
  • 17- Two Clashing Religions 175
  • 18- In the Name of Christ 186
  • 19- Inner Liberty 200
  • 20- The Religion of Liberty 214
  • 21- A Religion That Instills Hope 226
  • 22- The Religion of Duty 235
  • 23- As If God Existed 249
  • 24- Only a God Can Expel a God 259
  • 25- Leaving Life 268
  • 26- Twilight 275
  • Notes 283
  • Index 329
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