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As If God ExistedReligion and Liberty in the History of Italy$
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Maurizio Viroli

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780691142357

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691142357.001.0001

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As If God Existed
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Maurizio Viroli

, Alberto Nones
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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691142357.003.0027

This chapter summarizes key themes and presents some final thoughts. It argues that the tragedy of fascism and Nazism should have taught us that totalitarianism establishes itself through banal men, and that the true antidote is a religion that prevents one from adoring men who pretend to be gods, for it teaches us to love instead the inner God of moral conscience, and to defend liberty with absolute devotion. It is a lesson of history to be pondered. This book, having narrated a few moments of the history of the religion of liberty in Italy, will certainly not help bring it back to life, even though it is desperately needed; but it will at least help us preserve the memory of the men and women who lived for it.

Keywords:   religion, liberty, fascism, totalitarianism, Italy, Nazism

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