Irreligion: A Mathematician Explains Why the Arguments for God Just Don't Add Up

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Dec 26, 2007 - Religion - 176 pages
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A Lifelong Unbeliever Finds No Reason to Change His Mind

Are there any logical reasons to believe in God? Mathematician and bestselling author John Allen Paulos thinks not. In Irreligion he presents the case for his own worldview, organizing his book into twelve chapters that refute the twelve arguments most often put forward for believing in God's existence. The latter arguments, Paulos relates in his characteristically lighthearted style, "range from what might be called golden oldies to those with a more contemporary beat. On the playlist are the firstcause argument, the argument from design, the ontological argument, arguments from faith and biblical codes, the argument from the anthropic principle, the moral universality argument, and others." Interspersed among his twelve counterarguments are remarks on a variety of irreligious themes, ranging from the nature of miracles and creationist probability to cognitive illusions and prudential wagers. Special attention is paid to topics, arguments, and questions that spring from his incredulity "not only about religion but also about others' credulity." Despite the strong influence of his day job, Paulos says, there isn't a single mathematical formula in the book.

 

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Review: Irreligion: A Mathematician Explains Why the Arguments for God Just Don't Add Up

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User Review  - Mary - Goodreads

A difficult subject, but a good writer for the job. A quick read. Author promises not to flaunt his math skills, but alas there is a bit more talk of numbers and logic than I care to get my mind around. Nevertheless, he mixes it with anecdotes that are entertaining. Read full review

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Contents

Preface
A Personally Crafted Pseudoscience
The Argument from Prophecy and the Bible Codes
Remarks on Jesus and Other Figures
The Universality Argument and the Relevance of Morality and Mathematics
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John Allen Paulos is a professor of mathematics at Temple University. His books include the bestseller Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences (H&W, 1988), A Mathematician Plays the Stock Market, and A Mathematician Reads the Newspapers.

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