Why I Am an Agnostic and Other Essays

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Prometheus Books, 1995 - Philosophy - 109 pages
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The renowned lawyer Clarence Darrow (1857-1938) was also an impassioned defender of intellectual freedom, individual liberties, and social justice.

In these wide-ranging essays, Darrow attacks beliefs in the inerrancy of the Bible, the immortality of the soul, miracles, and heaven as being completely at odds with human experience and science. The life best lived, Darrow contends, is one that is ruled by reason, uncluttered by dogmatism, and aided by compassion for our fellow human beings.

Essays include: "Why I Am An Agnostic," "The Myth of the Soul," "Absurdities of the Bible," "Voltaire," and "The Skeleton in the Closet."

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User Review  - Paul Doody - Goodreads

The brilliant and humane trial lawyer, famous from the Scopes Monkey trial, sets out the thoughts behind his beliefs. Read full review

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User Review  - Gregory's Lament - Goodreads

I probably call this more of a rant than an essay, but I enjoyed it. It doesn't offer anything a non-believer doesn't already know, but it's a nice, easy, validating read. The edition I read also had a nice bio on Voltaire (appropriate for the tone of this essay.) Read full review

Contents

Why I Am an Agnostic
11
Absurdities of the Bible
41
The Skeleton in the Closet
95
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About the author (1995)

Randall Tietjen is a partner in the law firm of Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi LLP in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He lives in Edina, Minnesota, with his wife and two children.

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