The Atheist's Bible: The Most Dangerous Book That Never Existed

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University of Chicago Press, 12 окт. 2012 г. - Всего страниц: 249
Like a lot of good stories, this one begins with a rumor: in 1239, Pope Gregory IX accused Frederick II, the Holy Roman Emperor, of heresy. Without disclosing evidence of any kind, Gregory announced that Frederick had written a supremely blasphemous book—De tribus impostoribus, or the Treatise of the Three Impostors—in which Frederick denounced Moses, Jesus, and Muhammad as impostors. Of course, Frederick denied the charge, and over the following centuries the story played out across Europe, with libertines, freethinkers, and other “strong minds” seeking a copy of the scandalous text. The fascination persisted until finally, in the eighteenth century, someone brought the purported work into actual existence—in not one but two versions, Latin and French. Although historians have debated the origins and influences of this nonexistent book, there has not been a comprehensive biography of the Treatise of the Three Impostors. In The Atheist’s Bible, the eminent historian Georges Minois tracks the course of the book from its origins in 1239 to its most salient episodes in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, introducing readers to the colorful individuals obsessed with possessing the legendary work—and the equally obsessive passion of those who wanted to punish people who sought it. Minois’s compelling account sheds much-needed light on the power of atheism, the threat of blasphemy, and the persistence of free thought during a time when the outspoken risked being burned at the stake.
 

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The Prehistory of the Three Impostors Up to the Thirteenth Century
1
Two The Hunt for the Author of a Mythical Treatise Fourteenth to Sixteenth Centuries
35
Three The European Elites and Religious Imposture Seventeenth Century
71
Four Debates on the Origin of Religions Second Half of the Seventeenth Century
95
Discovery or Invention of the Treatise? 16801721
123
The Contents of a Blasphemy
163
The Three Impostors in the Antireligious Literature of the Eighteenth Century
191
Appendixes
205
Notes
209
Glossary of Names
225
Index of Names
241
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Georges Minois is the author of History of Old Age: From Antiquity to the Renaissance and History of Suicide: Voluntary Death in Western Culture, the former published by the University of Chicago Press. Lys Ann Weiss is an independent scholar in medieval studies who works in book publishing as an editor, indexer, and translator.

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