By Louise M. Antony
Atheists are usually demonized as boastful intellectuals, opposed to faith, with out ethical sentiments, advocates of an "anything is going" way of life. Now, during this revealing quantity, nineteen top philosophers open a window at the internal lifetime of atheism, shattering those universal stereotypes as they demonstrate how they got here to show clear of non secular trust. those hugely attractive own essays trap the brilliant range to be came across between atheists, supplying a portrait that may shock such a lot readers. some of the authors, for instance, convey nice affection for specific non secular traditions, at the same time they clarify why they can not, in reliable judgment of right and wrong, embody them. not one of the participants brush off non secular trust as silly or primitive, and a number of other even make an apology that they can't, or can not, think. probably extra very important, in those reflective items, they provide clean perception into a number of the oldest and such a lot tricky difficulties dealing with the human brain and spirit. for example, if God is lifeless, is every little thing accepted? Philosophers with no Gods demonstrates convincingly, with arguments that date again to Plato, that morality is self sustaining of the life of God. certainly, each author during this quantity adamantly affirms the objectivity of correct and flawed. furthermore, they contend that secular lifestyles supplies rewards as nice and as wealthy as spiritual existence. A naturalistic figuring out of the human provides a collection of challenges--to pursue our targets with out illusions, to behave morally with out wish of reward--challenges which may impart a long-lasting worth to finite and fragile human lives. jointly, those essays spotlight the richness of atheistic belief--not purely as a legitimate substitute to faith, yet as a profoundly pleasant and ethical lifestyle.