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Leaving Religion in antiquity
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences.
2019 (English)In: Handbook of Leaving Religion / [ed] Daniel Enstedt, Göran Larsson and Teemu T. Mantsinen, Brill Academic Publishers, 2019, p. 43-54Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Too often, ancient persons have been seen as uncritically religious. From such perspective, leaving religion in Antiquity is deemed to be a theme of no importance. In this chapter, the notion that more or less everyone in Antiquity were religious is challenged. We first try to understand how such a perspective has evolved. After a reflection of recent trends in the sociology of religions, the need of rethinking the above-mentioned perspective is argued for. As a case study, Euripides’s drama Heracles is discussed. We suggest that the study of this drama and of other important texts and artifacts might prosper from a new look in which leaving religion is a reasonable perspective among others hitherto established ones.

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Brill Academic Publishers, 2019. p. 43-54
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Brill Handbooks on Contemporary Religion ; 18
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Religious Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-37810DOI: 10.1163/9789004331471_005ISBN: 978-90-04-33147-1 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-37810DiVA, id: diva2:1373567
Available from: 2019-11-27 Created: 2019-11-27 Last updated: 2019-11-27Bibliographically approved

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