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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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Two Clashing Religions

Two Clashing Religions

(p.175) 17 Two Clashing Religions
As If God Existed

Maurizio Viroli

, Alberto Nones
Princeton University Press

This chapter recounts the history of the religion of liberty from the beginning of the fascist regime to the birth of the republic, and the stories of some of the men and women who believed in that religion. The fascist religion brought thousands of people to the squares, had state support, and offered impressive rituals; the religion of liberty lived in the souls of a few men and women, and circulated on the pages of books and reviews as well as in letters and private diaries. Less than fifteen years later, the fascist religion dissolved under the weight of the immense and unfathomable suffering that its idols and priests imposed on millions of human beings along with the force of worldwide moral condemnation. The religion of liberty, instead, helped the birth of a new Italian fatherland.

Keywords:   fascism, fascist religion, liberty, Italian history, Italy, Italian fatherland

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