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As If God Existed:
Religion and Liberty in the History of Italy
Maurizio Viroli
Translated by Alberto Nones

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Preface [in PDF format]

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Preface to the English Edition xi

Introduction 1

Part I A Republican Christianity
     1 Republics Protected by God 15
     2 Images of the Civil Religion 21
     3 Republican and Monarchical Religion 29
     4 A Religion That Instills Virtue 33
     5 Sacred Laws and Sacred Republics 37
     6 Republican Religion and Religious Reform 45
     7 A Religion to Live Free 52
     8 Within the Soul 62
     9 The Twilight of Republican Religion 72

Part II Religious Rebirth and National Emancipation
     10 Without God 89
     11 After the Revolution 103
     12 The New Alliance 115
     13 Literature and Hymns of the Religion of Liberty 126
     14 Apostles and Martyrs 140
     15 Masters 145
     16 Regrets and the Quest for New Faiths 154

Part III They Got Too Close to the Light
     17 Two Clashing Religions 175
     18 In the Name of Christ 186
     19 Inner Liberty 200
     20 The Religion of Liberty 214
     21 A Religion That Instills Hope 226
     22 The Religion of Duty 235
     23 As If God Existed 249
     24 Only a God Can Expel a God 259
     25 Leaving Life 268
     26 Twilight 275

Notes 283

Index 329

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