By Russell Blackford
50 Voices of Disbelief: Why we're Atheists presents a suite of unique essays drawn from a global team of fashionable voices within the fields of academia, technology, literature, media and politics who provide rigorously thought of statements of why they're atheists.
- Features a really overseas forged of participants, starting from public intellectuals corresponding to Peter Singer, Susan Blackmore, and A.C. Grayling, novelists, corresponding to Joe Haldeman, and heavyweight philosophers of faith, together with Graham Oppy and Michael Tooley
- Contributions variety from rigorous philosophical arguments to hugely own, even whimsical, bills of the way each one of those outstanding thinkers have come to reject faith of their lives
- Likely to have large attraction given the present public fascination with non secular concerns and the reception of such books as The God Delusion and The finish of Faith
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Extra resources for 50 Voices of Disbelief. Why We Are Atheists
Notes Welcome Me Back to the World of the Thinking Kicking Religion Goodbye . . ” A Voice of Disbelief in a Different Key Disbelief/Dissent/Unbelief/Atheism After Positivism Against False Simplifications Transforming Metaphysical Questions from Urgent Problems into Interesting Puzzles Rejecting Any Answers From Presumed “Higher Instances” Scientific Solutions to Problems and Philosophical Answers to Questions Struggling Toward Humanism Notes Imagine No Religion Note Humanism as Religion: An Indian Alternative Why I Am NOT a Theist When the Hezbollah Came to My School Note Evolutionary Noise, not Signal from Above Gods Inside The Gods Problem The Evolution of Free Will Is Our Starting Point So Gods Evolved Gods Are Hidden Inside Us The Godless Must Walk the Earth Gods Must Be Made Manifest Religion Mediates Between Free Will and Gods Living in Harmony With Our Actual Gods Why Morality Doesn’t Need Religion Notes Doctor Who and the Legacy of Rationalism Notes My Nonreligious Life: A Journey From Superstition to Rationalism Note Helping People to Think Critically About Their Religious Beliefs Rejection of Belief in God versus Rejection of Christianity Jesus and Christianity Jesus: A Brief Examination Conclusion References Human Self-Determination, Biomedical Progress, and God God and I God and the Teenage I – The Theodicy Fiasco God and the Adult I – Harmful Religious Beliefs at Life’s Beginning God and the Adult I – Harmful Religious Beliefs During Our Lives God and the Adult I – Harmful Religious Beliefs at Life’s End Why I Speak Out Notes About the Contributors Index � 2009 Blackwell Publishing Ltd Blackwell Publishing was acquired by John Wiley & Sons in February 2007.
That may have been partly from a sort of cowardice, a wish to avoid confrontations, but it was partly, too, from a heartfelt wish to protect the feelings of friends and loved ones. In any event, my life had other priorities. But times have changed. In the 1970s, or even the 1990s, it was possible to think that further challenges to religious philosophies, institutions, and leaders were unnecessary. All the heavy work had been done, and religion was withering after the scientific revolution, the Enlightenment, Darwin, and the social iconoclasm of the 1960s.
Uncle Floyd died in his sleep when I was 17. We never had the chance to discuss one very important book he had given me, Bertrand Russell’s Why I Am Not a Christian. Each page of that book expressed all my thoughts. It was as if Russell had extracted words out of my brain, organized them, and placed them on a page. Russell’s eloquent way of saying exactly what I had concluded reinforced in me the determination to be proud of my atheist philosophy. So far, the declared fellow atheists I had been exposed to were admirable and intelligent.
50 Voices of Disbelief. Why We Are Atheists by Russell Blackford