Atheism

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Sterling Publishing Company, Inc., 2009 - Religion - 179 pages

Is a life without religion one without values or purpose? Julian Baggini emphatically says no. He sets out to dispel the myths surrounding atheism and to show how it can be both a meaningful and moral choice. He directly confronts the failure of officially atheist states in the twentieth century, and presents an intellectual case for atheism that rests as much on reasoned and positive arguments for its truth as on negative arguments against religion.

 

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Not one of the "very short introduction" serie's best. (Perhaps a God-fearing Oxford editor wanted to make sure readers weren't led astray to damnation.) Writing was leisurely and windy rather than concise, to the point that I found it hard to concentrate. Another issue is the P.O.V. of the writing, which is why-I-am-an-atheist rather than what-is-atheism. I'm not sure readers are going to be all that interested in why Baggini thinks "militant atheism" (rather than his moderate atheism) is in error. There are better books on atheism ... but still, it's better than nothing.  

Contents

ONE What s Atheism? i
19
THREE Atheist Ethics
53
FOUR Meaning and Purpose
83
FIVE Atheism in History
109
SIX Against Religion?
135
SEVEN Conclusion
159
Index
172
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About the author (2009)

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Julian Baggini is editor of Philosopher’s Magazine and the author of several books on philosophy. He has also written for a variety of newspapers and journals, including the Guardian, the Independent, and New Humanist.

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