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Atheism - S. T. Joshi

Paperback Published: 1st November 2000
ISBN: 9781573928557
Number Of Pages: 346

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This unique anthology assembles the best writings on atheism, agnosticism, and skepticism by some of the world's great thinkers past and present. Arranged to address the most significant questions pertaining to religious belief-the existence of God, immortality, the nature of religious belief, and religion in relation to science, ethics, politics, and society-the selections in this volume present a challenge to religion on all fronts.

Included are Bertrand Russell and A. J. Ayer on the existence of God, Percy Bysshe Shelley on the "argument from design," Lucretius on life after death, David Hume on superstition, Elizabeth Cady Stanton on Christianity's demeaning influence on women's social status, Gore Vidal on modern American fundamentalism, and many other notable writers on controversial issues.

Editor S. T. Joshi has carefully selected essays that are eloquent, poignant, satirical, and philosophically rigorous, and has also supplied explanatory annotations and a general introduction that succinctly and forcefully summarizes the atheistic critique of religion.

Introductionp. 9
Agnosticism (1889)p. 25
An Agnostic's Apology (1876)p. 34
The Philosophy of Atheism (1916)p. 53
Why I Am an Unbeliever (1926)p. 60
A Refutation of Deism (1814)p. 69
What is Religion? (1899)p. 78
Is There a God? (1952)p. 87
The Claims of Theology (1973)p. 95
On the Nature of Things (ca. 60 B.C.E.)p. 109
Immortality (1868-70)p. 118
Can We Survive Our Own Deaths? (1993)p. 124
The Natural History of Religion (1757)p. 139
Evangelical Teaching (1855)p. 147
Humanity's Gain from Unbelief (1889)p. 171
Miracle (1895)p. 185
Autobiography (1876)p. 193
The Antichrist (1888)p. 199
On the Scopes Trial (1925)p. 209
The Demon-Haunted World (1995)p. 216
The System of Nature (1770)p. 229
The Age of Reason (1796)p. 240
A Letter on Religion (1918)p. 245
The Faith of a Heretic (1961)p. 250
Thelogico-Political Treatise (1670)p. 263
The Spirit of Rationalism in Europe (1865)p. 269
God in the Constitution (1890)p. 276
The Lord's Day Alliance (1928)p. 287
Monotheism and Its Discontents (1992)p. 303
The Christian Church and Woman (1885)p. 313
The Priest and the Child (1895?)p. 324
Religion and Sex (1919)p. 335
Further Readingp. 343
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ISBN: 9781573928557
ISBN-10: 1573928550
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 346
Published: 1st November 2000
Publisher: Prometheus Books
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.7 x 15.4  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.49
Edition Number: 1

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