By Russell Blackford
Tackling a bunch of myths and prejudices mostly leveled at atheism, this alluring quantity bursts with gleaming, eloquent arguments on each web page. The authors rebut claims that diversity from atheism being simply one other faith to the alleged atrocities devoted in its name.
- An obtainable but scholarly statement on hot-button concerns within the debate over spiritual belief
- Teaches serious considering talents via unique, rational argument
- Objectively considers every one fable on its merits
- Includes a heritage of atheism and its advocates, an appendix detailing atheist agencies, and an intensive bibliography
- Explains the diversities among atheism and similar recommendations comparable to agnosticism and naturalism
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For something to be a religion, does it have to be a comprehensive worldview, a system of rituals and canons of conduct, or something else? If it was sufficient for a comprehensive worldview to be called a religion, then many detailed ideologies would have to be considered religions. Arguably a religion needs to be based on belief in some kind of entity or force with supernatural powers. Michael Martin is one thinker who has wrestled with the problem, pointing out that we could understand religion in different ways (Martin, 2007, pp.
There are simply too many of them out there. What we have done is to ensure that leading religious apologists are referenced generously and honestly throughout this book. It is also worth making another point: apologists who might genuinely be academically weak—they shall remain anonymous here—but who are demonstrably culturally very influential in religious circles are considered fair game by us. No doubt some readers will claim that these are the “wrong” apologists, or that they are “weak” apologists, and that others were not cited by us because we were unable to address their compelling arguments, and so on.
One could easily interpret this as indicative of Britain remaining a predominantly religious country. ” Much hinges, then, on how one interprets religious identification, when those who identify with a religion indicate in a strong majority that they do not consider themselves religious (British Humanist Association, 2011). net In line with these findings, Georges Rey and Adele Mercier have argued that most so-called theists in the West, at some level, do not really believe in God (Rey, 2007; Mercier, 2009).
50 Great Myths About Atheism by Russell Blackford