By Russell Blackford
Tackling a number of myths and prejudices regularly leveled at atheism, this pleasing quantity bursts with gleaming, eloquent arguments on each web page. The authors rebut claims that variety from atheism being simply one other faith to the alleged atrocities devoted in its name.
- An available but scholarly statement on hot-button matters within the debate over non secular belief
- Teaches severe considering talents via particular, rational argument
- Objectively considers each one fantasy on its merits
- Includes a historical past of atheism and its advocates, an appendix detailing atheist companies, and an intensive bibliography
- Explains the variations among atheism and comparable innovations equivalent to agnosticism and naturalism
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Last but by no means least, Jeff Dean, our then editor at Wiley-Blackwell, approached us with the idea for this book. In a way it owes its very existence to him. Introduction Atheism is responsible for Stalin, Hitler, and Pol Pot's genocides. Atheists have no values. Atheism is just another religion. No doubt you will have heard such statements about atheism and atheists, in this or some closely related form or shape. All of them are false, just like many others. And yet they have managed to persist remarkably well over time.
Myth 4 Atheists are Certain There is No God We wonder whether the myth of the dogmatically confident atheist is a deliberate attempt by religious apologists to suggest that atheists are somehow overreaching in their claims. This allegedly dogmatic stance can then be juxtaposed with a liberal, kind-hearted, less-oppressive-than-usual religion. Eric Reitan, for instance, claims that the form of religion which he advocates is based on hope—a hope that there is a good, transcendent being who somehow redeems all the horrors of the world.
What is Atheism? But what is atheism anyway? That is a fair point to raise, and is not without its share of controversy. We will return to certain aspects in the first batch of myths we examine, but here's an overview of our approach. Even atheists, and the various organizations they have formed, often argue about what the proper atheistic view should be regarding the existence of gods, including the traditional God of Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. Some argue that an atheist is simply a person who does not believe in God.