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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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Only a God Can Expel a God

Only a God Can Expel a God

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As If God Existed

Maurizio Viroli

, Alberto Nones
Princeton University Press

This chapter considers the thoughts of Calamandrei, a Florentine who was a nonbeliever and a nonpracticing Christian as well as a distinguished lawyer. He reached the conclusion that in order to save human and Christian civilization from Nazism and fascism, men needed to rediscover faith in God. Calamandrei's reflections are found in the pages of his diary, which he kept from 1939 to 1945, putting both himself and his relatives at risk, so that some person of goodwill, a few centuries later, could understand how and why a whole civilization had died out. The anguish that filled him during the war years, however, was rooted in an older melancholy, which remained firmly tied to his soul even after the liberation.

Keywords:   religion, liberty, Christians, Calamandrei, faith, God, Nazism

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