Faith in Faithlessness: An Anthology of Atheism

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Dimitrios Roussopoulos
Black Rose Books Ltd., 2008 - Philosophy - 417 pages
Asks freethinkers to declare their atheism in defiance of the stigmatization of disbelief.

With the rise of religious fundamentalism worldwide and a new ''spiritualism'' in North America, expressed disbelief in God or gods has become a taboo once again in the Anglo-American world. In the last few years, however, atheism has witnessed a resurgence exemplified by the best-selling works of Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens.

Faith in Faithlessness is intended to contribute to the reassertion of the legitimacy of godlessness as a philosophical and moral stance. It is a unique anthology that presents a comprehensive selection of writings, by some of the world''s most celebrated thinkers, past and present, who eloquently address the most significant questions concerning religious belief.

Included are essays by Benedict de Spinoza, Diderot, Paul-Henry Thiry D''Holbach, David Hume, Thomas Paine, Percy Bysshe Shelley, John Stuart Mill, George Elliot, W.E.H. Lecky, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Charles Bradlaugh, Anatole France, Charles Darwin, Friedrich Nietzsche, Robert G. Ingersoll, Ludwig Feuerbach, Michael Bakunin, Karl Marx, Emma Goldman, H.L. Mencken, Clarence Darrow, Carl Van Doren, Bertrand Russell, Sigmund Freud, Albert Camus, Albert Einstein, Francis Crick, Gore Vidal, Kai Nielsen, Christine Overall, Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, Michel Onfray, Elizabeth Second Anderson, Tariq Ali, Salman Rushdie, Kurt Vonnegut. Also included are other celebrity atheists and a major resource guide.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

PREFACE

INTRODUCTION

FROM THE EARLY CLASSICS

1. Theologico-Political Treatise - Benedict de Spinoza
2. Thoughts on Religion - Denis Diderot
3. The System of Nature - Paul-Henry Thiry, Baron d''Holbach
4. The Natural History of Religion - David Hume
5. The Age of Reason - Thomas Paine
6. A Refutation of Deism - Percy Bysshe Shelley
7. Immortality - John Stuart Mill
8. Evangelical Teaching - George Eliot
9. The Spirit of Rationalism in Europe - W.E.H. Lecky
10. The Christian Church and Women - Elizabeth Cady Stanton
11. Humanity''s Gain from Unbelief - Charles Bradlaugh
12. Miracle - Anatole France
13. Autobiography - Charles Darwin
14. The Antichrist - Friedrich Nietzsche
15. God and the Constitution - Robert G. Ingersoll
16. The Essence of Religion in General - Ludwig Feuerbach
17. God and the State - Michael Bakunin
18. Contribution to the Critique of Hegel''s Philosophy of Right - Karl Marx


FROM THE EARLY 20TH CENTURY CLASSICS

19. The Philosophy of Atheism - Emma Goldman
20. On the Scopes Trial - H.L. Mencken
21. The Lord''s Day Alliance - Clarence Darrow
22. Why I Am an Unbeliever - Clarence Darrow
23. Is There a God? - Bertrand Russell
24. The Claims of Theology - A.J. Ayer
25. The UNbelievers and the Christians - Albert Camus
26. Science and Religion - Albert Einstein


FROM THE LATER 20th CENTURY and 21st CENTURY

27. Monotheism and Its Discontents - Gore Vidal
28. How Is Atheism to Be Characterized? - Kai Nielsen
29. Atheism - Christine Overall
30. The Atheist Manifesto - Sam Harris
31. Why There Almost Certainly Is No God - Richard Dawkins
32. Religion as an Original Sin - Christopher Hitchens
33. In the Service of the Death Fixation - Michel Onfray
34. Thank Goodness! - Daniel C. Dennett
35. For the Love of Reason - Louise M. Anthony
36. If God Is Dead, Is Everything Permitted? - Elizabeth Second Anderson
37. An Atheist Childhood - Tariq Ali
A Rapper''s Song - Greydon Square
38. Humanism and the Territory of Novelists - Salman Rushdie
39. Why My Dog Is Not a Humanist - Kurt Vonnegut


EPILOGUE: A New Enlightenment: The Second Wave - Dimitrios Roussopoulos

NOTES ON THE CONTRIBUTORS

RESOURCE GUIDE from the Website of Richard Dawkins

CREDITS AND PERMISSIONS

Celebrity quotes throughout, including from George Bernard Shaw, Voltaire, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Aldous HUxley, Tennessee Williams, Charles Bukowski, Jean-Paul Sartre, Noam Chomsky, Sigmund Freud, Ingmar Bergman, Katharine Hepburn, John Malkovich, Robert Altman, Jodie Foster, Bill Gates, Angelina Jolie, Jack Nicholson, Howard Stern, Isaac Asimov, Woody Allen, Richard Leakey, James Watson, Jean Roddenberry, Gloria Steinem.


DIMITRIOS ROUSSOPOULOS is author and/or editor of some eighteen books.
 

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Contents

1TheologicoPoliticalTreatise
3
TheSystemofNature
15
The Natural History ofreligion
24
TheAgeofReason
30
Immortality
41
TheSpiritofRationalismInEurope
67
Miracle
93
TheAntichrist
101
Why I Am an Unbeliever
180
TheClaimsofTheology
192
FROM THE LATER 20th CENTURY and 21st CENTURY
211
How ls Atheism to Be Characterized?
218
Atheism
239
TheAtheistManifesto
242
Why There Almost Certainly ls No God
252
ReligionasanOriginalSin
291

God and the Constitution
109
The Essence ofreligion in General
119
God and the State
137
FROM THE EARLY ZOTH CENTURY CLASSICS
155
On the Scopes Trial
161
ln the Service ofthe Death Fixation
299
FortheLoveofReason
316
AnAtheistChildhood Tariq
357
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Dimitri Roussopoulos was a prominent New Left activist in the 1960s, locally and internationally. He continues to write and edit on major issues while being a committed activist testing theory with practice.

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