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The Age of Nothing

Posted on 15 August 2014 Gavin Glenn

How we have sought to live since the death of God

From one of Britain's most distinguished historians comes the stirring story of one of the modern world's most important and controversial intellectual achievements: atheism.

Since Friedrich Nietzsche roundly declared that 'God is dead' in 1882, a raft of reflective and courageous individuals have devoted their creative energies to devising ways to live without Him, turning instead to invention, enthusiasm, hope, wit and above all various forms of self-reliance. Their brave, innovative story has gone untold – until now.

In The Age of Nothing, acclaimed historian Peter Watson offers a sweeping narrative of the secular philosophers and poets, psychologists and other scientists, painters and playwrights, novelists and even choreographers who have forged a thrilling, bold path in the absence of religious belief.

From Paul Valery and George Santayana to Richard Roily and Ronald Dworkin, from Georges Seurat and Constantin Brancusi to Jackson Pollock end Robert Rauschenberg, from Henrik Ibsen, to Samuel Beckett, from Wallace Stevens, and Rainer Maria Rilke to Elizabeth Bishop and Ceszlaw Milosz, from Sigmund Freud and Benjamin Spock to E. O. Wilson and Sam Harris, The Age of Nothing brilliantly explores how atheism has evolved, and gained unprecedented popularity as it has sought to replace an unknowable God in the Afterlife.

Atheism has had its share of ideologues, tyrants and charlatans but it is primarily a history of brave accomplishment and one that is far from finished. Watson's stimulating intellectual narrative explores the revolutionary ideas and big questions provoked by great minds and movements.

A sparkling and ultimately triumphant history, The Age of Nothing is the first full story of our efforts to live without God.

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