Atheism Explained: From Folly to Philosophy

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Open Court, Feb 1, 2008 - Religion - 224 pages
Atheism Explained explores the claims made both for and against the existence of God. On the pro side: that the wonders of the world can only be explained by an intelligent creator; that the universe had to start somewhere; telepathy, out-of-body experiences, and other paranormal phenomena demonstrate the existence of a spirit world; and that those who experience God directly provide evidence as real as any physical finding. After disputing these arguments through calm, careful criticism, author David Ramsay Steele presents the reasons why God cannot exist: monstrous, appalling evils; the impossibility of omniscience; and the senseless concept that God is a thinking mind without a brain. He also explores controversial topics such as Intelligent Design, the power of prayer, religion without God, and whether a belief in God makes people happier and healthier. Steele’s rational, easy-to-understand prose helps readers form their own conclusions about this eternally thorny topic.

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Title Page
Religion Can Do Without
The Arguments for
The Objections to Darwinism
Did Someone Set the Dial?
Does God Explain Why Anything Exists?
Can We Prove God Exists by Pure Logic?
Do We Get Our Morals from God?
The Arguments Against
Vast Evil Shows There Is No
Can Human Free Will Explain Why God Allows Vast Evil?
Can God Be a Person?
What God Cant Do and What God Cant Know
Is There a Spirit World?
God or the Truth?
Disillusioned and Happy

Can We Know God Directly?
Faith Doesnt Have a Prayer
The Holy Bible Isnt Wholly Reliable
Did God Compose the Quran?

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David Ramsay Steele, Ph.D., is an editor and writer living in Chicago. He is the author of From Marx to Mises, co-author (with Michael Edelstein) of Three Minute Therapy, and editor of Genius: In Their Own Words.

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