The Atheist's Primer

Author: Malcolm Murray

Publisher: Broadview Press

ISBN: 9781770480728

Category: Philosophy

Page: 276

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The Athiest’s Primer is a concise but wide-ranging introduction to a variety of arguments, concepts, and issues pertaining to belief in God. In lucid and engaging prose, Malcom Murray offers a penetrating yet fair-minded critique of the traditional arguments for the existence of God. He then explores a number of other important issues relevant to religious belief, such as the problem of suffering and the relationship between religion and morality, in each case arguing that atheism is preferable to theism. The book will appeal to both students and professionals in the philosophy of religion, as well as general audiences interested in the topic.

Atheism for Beginners

A Coursebook for Schools and Colleges

Author: Michael Palmer

Publisher: Lutterworth Press

ISBN: 0718892917

Category: Philosophy

Page: 224

View: 8496

The word ÔatheismÕ is derived from the Greek: a meaning ÔnotÕ is conjoined with theos meaning ÔgodÕ. So atheism may be defined as follows: it is the belief that there is no God. Unfortunately definition of terms is rarely this straightforward. In this educational book, Michael Palmer undertakes to analyse, develop and discuss the complex and too often reduced notion of atheism. In spite of the consciously atheist point of view adopted by the author, the volume remains critical and objective, making religious, philosophical and political concepts around atheism understandable. Even though the book clearly addresses a young audience, any kind of reader will find food for thought in this vivid and detailed work.

The Atheist's Primer

Author: Michael Palmer

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780718892975

Category: Philosophy

Page: 169

View: 5139

In The Atheist's Primer, a prominent philosopher, Dr Michael Palmer, reinstates the importance of philosophy in the debate about God's existence. The 'new atheism' of Richard Dawkins and others has been driven by largely Darwinian objections to God's existence, limiting the debate to within a principally scientific framework. This has obscured the philosophical tradition of atheism, in which the main intellectual landmarks in atheism's history are to be found.With an analysis of atheistic thought from the Ancient Greeks to the present day, Palmer explains and comments on the philosophical arguments warranting atheism, discussing issues such as evil, morality, miracles, and the motivations for belief. The emphasis placed on materialism and the limitations of our knowledge might seem disheartening to some; but Palmer concludes on a positive note, arguing – alongside Nietzsche, Marx and Freud and many others – that happiness and personal fulfilment are to be found in the very materialism that religious belief rejects.Michael Palmer first addressed these issues in his student-oriented edition, The Atheist's Creed, of which The Atheist's Primer is a revised abridgement for the general reader. Palmer has now stripped out the primary texts and expanded his commentaries into fluent and concise analyses of the arguments. Free of philosophical jargon and assumptions of prior knowledge, this is an important introduction to a major cultural debate.

Pennsylvania Biographical Dictionary

Author: Jan Onofrio

Publisher: Somerset Publishers, Inc.

ISBN: 0403099501

Category: History

Page: 1567

View: 5123

Pennsylvania Biographical Dictionary contains biographies on hundreds of persons from diverse vocations that were either born, achieved notoriety and/or died in the state of Pennsylvania. Prominent persons, in addition to the less eminent, that have played noteworthy roles are included in this resource. When people are recognized from your state or locale it brings a sense of pride to the residents of the entire state.

Religion ohne Gott

Author: Ronald Dworkin

Publisher: Suhrkamp Verlag

ISBN: 3518737325

Category: Philosophy

Page: 146

View: 8109

Das Zentrum wahrer Religiosität, so der bekennende Atheist Albert Einstein, sei die Ehrfurcht vor den Mysterien des Universums, »deren höchste Weisheit und strahlende Schönheit wir mit unseren matten Erkenntnisvermögen nur rudimentär begreifen können«. In diesem Sinne sei er, Einstein, ein tiefreligiöser Mensch. Aber was ist religiös an einer solchen Haltung, in der Gott offensichtlich keine Rolle spielt? Mit dieser Frage beschäftigte sich Ronald Dworkin in seinen Einstein-Vorlesungen, die er bis kurz vor seinem Tod zu diesem Buch ausgearbeitet hat. Religion, so seine Antwort, bezeichnet eine Sicht auf die Welt, die von einem tiefen Glauben an objektive Werte getragen wird – etwa daran, dass Geschöpfe eine Würde haben, dass ein Leben erfüllt oder verfehlt sein kann oder dass Schönheit, die uns den Atem raubt, sich nicht als pures Produkt unserer Sinnesorgane erklären lässt. Auch Theisten teilen diese Werte, meinen aber, sie seien gottgegeben. Für Dworkin verhält es sich genau umgekehrt: Die Idee eines Gottes rührt daher, dass es diese Werte wirklich gibt. Und an Gott (oder Götter) zu glauben ist eine Weise, dies auszudrücken, aber nicht die einzige. Von der Physik über die Politik bis hin zum Recht erkundet »Religion ohne Gott« den Perspektivwechsel, der mit einem solchen gottlosen Verständnis von Religion verbunden ist. Das Buch, das mit einer eindrucksvollen Reflexion über Tod und Unsterblichkeit schließt, ist das Vermächtnis eines bekennenden religiösen Atheisten. Es weitet den Blick für das, was wichtig ist.

A Is for Atheist

An A to Z of the Godfree Life

Author: Andrew Sneddon

Publisher: Pitchstone Publishing (US&CA)

ISBN: 1634310705

Category: Religion

Page: 231

View: 6810

Atheists may be among the fastest growing “religious” demographics in the world, but they are also perhaps the most misunderstood. To begin, atheists have no identifying marks, no defining habits, no obvious symbols, for all that unites them, essentially, is an absence of belief. As a result, many religious believers may not even realize they know atheists, whether as neighbors, friends, or coworkers. In addition, most major religions warn against the faithless and preach distrust of nonbelievers. This creates not only ignorance about what it’s like to be an atheist, but also fear about the very idea of atheism. Organized like an encyclopedia, this book aims to rectify this widespread distrust and suspicion with basic understanding. Each entry, written in clear, concise language, covers a specific topic or question related to being an atheist, making this the perfect primer for anyone curious about or interested in atheism—whether to learn more about why someone might become an atheist, how someone creates meaning and purpose as an atheist, and what life is like as an atheist.

Atheist Universe

The Thinking Person's Answer to Christian Fundamentalism

Author: David Mills

Publisher: Ulysses Press

ISBN: 156975263X

Category: Religion

Page: 256

View: 7396

Icons of Unbelief

Atheists, Agnostics, and Secularists

Author: S. T. Joshi

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313347597

Category: Philosophy

Page: 463

View: 4712

Discusses the ideas and impact of 27 atheists, agnostics, and secularists whose ideas have shaped society over the last 200 years.

Opuscula: De coloribus, De audibilibus, Physiognomonica, by T. Loveday and E. S. Forster. De plantis, by E. S. Forster. De mirabilibus auscultationibus, by L. D. Dowdall. Mechanica, by E. S. Forster. De lineis insecabilibus, by H. H. Joachim. Ventorum situs et cognomina, by E. S. Forster. De Melisso, Xenophane, Gorgia, by T. Loveday and E. S. Forster. 1913

Author: Aristotle

Publisher: N.A


Category: Philosophy

Page: N.A

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1001 Stupid Questions Atheists Ask Christians

Author: Stephen Mcgrath, Ph.d.

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 9781517064303


Page: 90

View: 6053

Atheists pose some of the most ridiculous and annoying questions imaginable: Does the Christian God already know if the world is going to end by human hands or natural causes? Does the Christian God know the exact date and time the sun will die? If a boy gets hit by a meteorite next week, wouldn't the Christian God have known about its trajectory for millions of years and yet failed to move the boy 10 feet out of the way? If every human on Earth died, would the Christian God continue to keep Saturn orbiting the sun? ______ More of a debate primer than a literary work of scholarship, this book gets into the mind of the atheist by revealing the absurdity of their faulty logic and tactics in their attack on Christianity. Formatted in an easily digestible list of questions, paraphrased from real-life atheist dialog across the web, this work is not only amusing, but also informative. With this book, Christians now have the ammunition to defend Faith with a secret preview of the arguments that comprise the outlandish philosophy of atheism.

Prayer Primer

Igniting a Fire Within

Author: Thomas Dubay

Publisher: Ignatius Press

ISBN: 9780898708400

Category: Religion

Page: 185

View: 2277

A renowned teacher and writer on prayer and the spiritual life presents a simple, profound and practical book on the most important of all human activities: communion with God.

Der lange Weg zur Freiheit


Author: Nelson Mandela

Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag

ISBN: 3104031541

Category: History

Page: 864

View: 985

»Ich bin einer von ungezählten Millionen, die durch Nelson Mandelas Leben inspiriert wurden.« Barack Obama Eine fast drei Jahrzehnte währende Gefängnishaft ließ Nelson Mandela zum Mythos der schwarzen Befreiungsbewegung werden. Kaum ein anderer Politiker unserer Zeit symbolisiert heute in solchem Maße die Friedenshoffnungen der Menschheit und den Gedanken der Aussöhnung aller Rassen wie der ehemalige südafrikanische Präsident und Friedensnobelpreisträger. Auch nach seinem Tod finden seine ungebrochene Charakterstärke und Menschenfreundlichkeit die Bewunderung aller friedenswilligen Menschen auf der Welt. Mandelas Lebensgeschichte ist über die politische Bedeutung hinaus ein spannend zu lesendes, kenntnis- und faktenreiches Dokument menschlicher Entwicklung unter Bedingungen und Fährnissen, vor denen die meisten Menschen innerlich wie äußerlich kapituliert haben dürften.