By Maurizio Viroli
Religion and liberty are frequently considered mutual enemies: if faith has a average best friend, it's authoritarianism--not republicanism or democracy. yet during this ebook, Maurizio Viroli, a number one historian of republican political idea, demanding situations this traditional knowledge. He argues that political emancipation and the safety of political liberty have consistently required the self-sacrifice of individuals with spiritual sentiments and a non secular devotion to liberty. this can be fairly the case whilst liberty is threatened by way of authoritarianism: the staunchest defenders of liberty are those that think a deeply non secular dedication to it.
Viroli makes his case by way of reconstructing, for the 1st time, the background of the Italian "religion of liberty," overlaying its complete span yet targeting 3 key examples of political emancipation: the unfastened republics of the past due heart a while, the Risorgimento of the 19th century, and the antifascist Resistenza of the 20th century. In each one instance, Viroli exhibits, a non secular spirit that looked ethical and political liberty because the maximum items of human existence was once basic to developing and conserving liberty. He additionally exhibits that once this spiritual sentiment has been corrupted or suffocated, Italians have misplaced their liberty.
This ebook makes a strong and provocative contribution to state-of-the-art debates concerning the compatibility of faith and republicanism.
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As If God Existed: Religion and Liberty in the History of Italy by Maurizio Viroli