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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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Literature and Hymns of the Religion of Liberty

Literature and Hymns of the Religion of Liberty

(p.126) 13 Literature and Hymns of the Religion of Liberty
As If God Existed

Maurizio Viroli

, Alberto Nones
Princeton University Press

This chapter considers work of Alessandro Manzoni, who composed the poem and the novel that taught people to love liberty as a religious principle. In the ode “Marzo 1821” (March 1821), Manzoni directs the Italians toward a biblical God who listens to the invocation of the oppressed peoples. In Pentecoste, Manzoni writes of “living God” who operates in the world, supplying inspiration to a church that suffers, prays, and fights. In another work, Osservazioni sulla morale cattolica (Observations on Catholic morality), Manzoni affirms that the Christian religion requires courage to defend justice from the arrogance of the powerful.

Keywords:   republican religion, religious hymns, religious music, republican liberty, Alessandro Manzoni, Christianity

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