A. B. Drachmann - Atheism in Pagan Antiquity
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Dogme et Rituel de la Haute Magie is the title of Éliphas Lévi's first published treatise on ritual magic, which appeared in two volumes between 1854 and 1856. The work is structured into 22 chapters, which parallel the Tarot.
Excerpt from Atheism in Pagan Antiquity A difficulty that occurred at the very beginning of the inquiry was how to define the notion Of atheism. Nowadays the term is taken to designate the attitude which denies every idea of God. Even antiquity sometimes referred to atheism in this sense but an inquiry dealing with the history of religion could not start from a definition of that kind. It would have to keep in View, not the philosophical notion of God, but the conceptions of the gods as they appear in the religion of antiquity. Hence I came to define atheism in Pagan antiquity as the point of View which denies the existence of the ancient gods. It is in this sense that the word will be used in the following inquiry. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.