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Unbelievers by Alec Ryrie

Unbelievers: An Emotional History of Doubt

Alec Ryrie

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Imprint: William Collins
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 21 Oct 2019
ISBN: 9780008299811

Why have Western societies that were once overwhelmingly Christian become so secular? Looking to the feelings and faith of ordinary people, the award-winning author of Protestants Alec Ryrie offers a bold new history of atheism.

4 stars out of 5
9 Nov 2019

"Unbelievers covers much ground in a short space with deep erudition and considerable wit."

In reality, as Alec Ryrie shows in this short but beautifully crafted history of early doubt, unbelief was (and is) chosen for ‘instinctive, inarticulate and intuitive’ reasons just as much as is belief. Ryrie is a Reformation scholar, but one with a particular interest and expertise in the culture of Protestantism. He adopts this approach in Unbelievers, arguing persuasively that unbelief was as much, if not more, about what people felt as what they thought, in particular a confluence of moral outrage and personal anxiety.