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Atheism: A Very Short Introduction

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Julian Baggini
Pub date
Jun 2003
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Very Short Introductions
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  • Presents an intellectual case for atheism that rests as much upon positive arguments for its truth as on negative arguments against religion
  • Shows how a life without religious belief can be positive, meaningful, and moral
  • Tackles the common objections raised against atheism
  • Looks at the history of atheism

 
Atheism is often considered to be a negative, dark, and pessimistic belief which is characterized by a rejection of values and purpose and a fierce opposition to religion. Atheism: A Very Short Introduction sets out to dispel the myths that surround atheism and show how a life without religious belief can be positive, meaningful, and moral. It also confronts the failure of officially atheist states in the Twentieth Century. The book presents an intellectual case for atheism that rests as much upon positive arguments for its truth as on negative arguments against religion. 
 
 
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lively and readable...ideal for a popular audience...his very short introduction, which packs into a hundred pages a wealth of insight and argument, is itself a wonderful commitment to the rational thought which he defends - Richard Norman, New Humanist

Index: 

1: What is atheism
2: The case for atheism
3: Atheist ethics
4: Purpose
5: History
6: Against Religion
7: Conclusion
Further Reading

About the author: 

Julian Baggini is editor and co-founder of The Philosophers' Magazine. He is the author of several books on philosophy including Making Sense: Philosophy Behind the Headlines and New British Philosophy: The Interviews (with Jeremy Stangroom). He has also written for newspapers, magazines and academic journals.

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