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

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008 - Religion - 158 pages
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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User Review  - Razinha - LibraryThing

This won't convince anyone not already convinced, but Paulos does apply a mathematical edge to the analysis.The most telling chapter was the last - Athiests, Agnostics, and "Brights". I agree with ... Read full review

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User Review  - satyridae - LibraryThing

It's me, over here in the choir robes. Nothing in this book I didn't already embrace, I mean. The geeky mathematical angle was a huge bonus. I found this audio book fun, funny and comforting. If you like this sort of thing, this is the sort of thing you like. And I do. Read full review

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Contents

FOUR CLASSICAL ARGUMENTS
3
The Argument from Design and Some Creationist Calculations
11
A Personally Crafted Pseudoscience
25
Copyright

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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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