Lunch Break Theater: History of Disbelief Part II

Lunch Break Theater: History of Disbelief Part II May 12, 2009

Jonathan Miller’s Brief History of Disbelief
Part II: Noughts and Crosses

Yesterday, we began the first of the three part series, “A History of Disbelief.” Today we have part II. Even if you’ve seen it before, it is worth watching again.

From the BBC:

In this first ever television history of disbelief, Jonathan Miller goes on a journey exploring the origins of his own lack of belief and uncovering the hidden story of atheism.

Noughts and Crosses
With the domination of Christianity from 500 AD, Jonathan Miller wonders how disbelief began to re-emerge in the 15th and 16th centuries. He discovers that division within the Church played a more powerful role than the scientific discoveries of the period. He also visits Paris, the home of the 18th century atheist, Baron D’Holbach, and shows how politically dangerous it was to undermine the religious faith of the masses. 

 

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