Atheism as a Positive Social Force

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Algora Publishing, 2003 - Religion - 244 pages
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Atheism is not just a denial of religion, it offers a basis for society beyond a belief in the supernatural. Converse explains how religions evolved, and sets forth the major lines of philosophical argument that support the position of atheism.
 

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Do not be misled by the title of this book: there is not a chapter in it that describes specifically the history or the nature of atheism, much less as a social force. The issue the author does ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
PART ONE
13
Chapter 1 The Origin of Religion
15
Chapter 2 The Early Written Records
33
Chapter 3 Modern Religion in the Near East and Rome
63
Chapter 4 Christianity Persia and Islam
91
Chapter 5 Modern Religious Thought and the Birth of Atheism
119
PART TWO
145
Chapter 6 A Redefinition of Atheism
147
Chapter 7 Atheism as a Positive Social Force
155
Chapter 8 Atheism in the US
169
Chapter 9 Atheism as the Arbiter of Social Self Interest
183
Chapter 10 The Task of Atheism
199
Chapter 11 Atheism and Islam
221
ADDITIONAL READINGS FOR EACH CHAPTER
229
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Raymond W. Converse holds a JD degree from Wayne State University and an MA in Education from the University of Missouri, and has done graduate work in educational philosophy at the University of Missouri. Now a writer living in Tennessee, he has published several books with Algora.

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