Faith in Faithlessness: An Anthology of Atheism
Dimitrios I. 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
FROM THE EARLY CLASSICS
1. Theologico-Political Treatise - Benedict de Spinoza
19. The Philosophy of Atheism - Emma Goldman
27. Monotheism and Its Discontents - Gore Vidal
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.
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The System of Nature
The Natural History of Religion
The Age of Reason
The Spirit of Rationalism In Europe
The Christian Church and Women
Humanitys Gain from Unbelief
The Unbelievers and Christians
Monotheism and Its Discontents
How Is Atheism to Be Characterized?
The Atheist Manifesto
Why There Almost Certainly Is No God
Religion as an Original Sin
In the Service of the Death Fixation
The Essence of Religion in General
God and the State
The Philosophy of Atheism
On the Scopes Trial
Why I Am an Unbeliever
The Claims of Theology
If God Is Dead Is Everything Permitted?
An Atheist Childhood
Humanism and the Territory of Novelists
A New Enlightenment The Second Wave
Notes On The Contributors
Resource Guide from the Website of Richard Dawkins