Longlisted for the National Book Award. Where did the ideas come from that became the cornerstone of American democracy? Americaas founders intended to liberate us not just from one king but from the ghostly tyranny of supernatural religion. Drawing deeply on the study of European philosophy, Matthew Stewart brilliantly tracks the ancient, pagan, and continental ideas from which Americaas revolutionaries drew their inspiration. In the writings of Spinoza, Lucretius, and other great philosophers, Stewart recovers the true meanings of aNatureas God, a athe pursuit of happiness, a and the radical political theory with which the American experiment in self-government began.God is an agent, above and beyond any power we may find in nature, that makes sure that things will turn out right for those ... It is only withsuch questions and answers inmind, in any case, that one can beginto make senseofthe theologicalanbsp;...
|Title||:||Nature's God: The Heretical Origins of the American Republic|
|Publisher||:||W. W. Norton & Company - 2014-07-01|