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CLIP 3803

Atheism and the French Revolution

Atheism and the French Revolution

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Key Info
  • Atheism and the French Revolution
  • Duration: 03:30
  • Julian Baggini explores how the French Revolution marked the beginning of new thinking about God and religion. Before this it was usually too dangerous to admit to being an atheist, but the Revolution destroyed the power of the Church and the clergy. Pierre D'Holbach's book, 'Système de la Nature', published in 1770, is seen by many as the 'atheist's Bible'.
  • Subject:

    Religious Education


    Beliefs: Multifaith and Non-religious

  • Keywords: Atheist, atheism, church, god, religion, French Revolution, bible
Ideas for use in class
  • Examining the history of atheism and the declining power of the church. Studying the ferment of ideas – both political and religious.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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