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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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Apostles and Martyrs

Apostles and Martyrs

(p.140) 14 Apostles and Martyrs
As If God Existed

Maurizio Viroli

, Alberto Nones
Princeton University Press

This chapter considers models of religiosity and martyrdom that inspired generous actions for one's country's republican religion. Silvio Pellico, for instance, discovered his faith in prison, although he was already convinced that if God existed another life also should exist as a reward for those who suffered unjustly. Guided by his vision of Christianity, Pellico decided to commit himself to teaching—in spite of the pretentious philosophy that claimed to be a substitute for religion. In his Ricordanze della mia vita, Luigi Settembrini describes the contrast between the prejudiced religiosity that dominated the life of the subjects of the Kingdom of Naples, and the religion of virtue and liberty that his father taught him, with reference to classical and Christian examples.

Keywords:   republican religion, martyrs, Christianity, Silvio Pellico, Luigi Settembrini, liberty

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