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Bertrand Russell On God And Religion

Great Books in Philosophy

Paperback Published: 1st February 1986
ISBN: 9780879753238
Number Of Pages: 350

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"I think all the great religions of the world - Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity, Islam, and Communism - both untrue and harmful. It is evident as a matter of logic that, since they disagree, not more than one of them can be true."

Bertrand Russell wrote these words in his famous essay, "Why I Am Not A Christian." In Bertrand Russell on God and Religion, Al Seckel presents in one volume the severe scrutiny Russell brought to bear on organized religion in his best essays.

Bertrand Russell on God and Religion is an exhaustive compilation of Russell's best essays on religion, freethought, and rationalism. Al Seckel has rescued many of the writings from obscure pamphlets, chapters buried in books, and from out-of-print periodicals.

From the outset of his career, Russell struggled to uproot and expose the remnants of Puritanism's emphasis upon guilt, sin, and moral condemnation. In "Why I Am Not A Christian," he wrote, "Religion is based . . . primarily and mainly upon fear . . . fear of the mysterious, fear of defeat, fear of death. Fear is the parent of cruelty, and therefore, it is no wonder if cruelty and religion have gone hand in hand."

It is in this vein that Russell approached religion. The essays in this book are representative of the full range of his thinking on the subject. Some of the essays included are, "My Religious Reminiscences," "A Debate On The Existence of God," "What Is An Agnostic?" and "Are the World's Troubles Due to Decay in Faith?"

Bertrand Russell was the recipient of countless awards for excellence during his long lifetime (1872-1970), including the Nobel Prize for literature, which he won in 1950. The range of his critical inquiry is without parallel in contemporary Western culture.

Acknowledgmentsp. v
Prefacep. 9
Notesp. 12
The Life and Wisdom of Bertrand Russellp. 13
Notesp. 34
p. 37
My Religious Reminiscencesp. 39
First Effortsp. 47
Why I Am Not a Christianp. 57
What is an Agnostic?p. 73
Am I an Atheist or an Agnostic? a Plea for Tolerance in the Face of New Dogmasp. 83
The Faith of a Rationalist No Supernatural Reasons Needed to Make Men Kindp. 87
p. 93
The Essence of Religionp. 95
Religion and the Churchesp. 109
Notep. 122
A Debate on the Existence of Godp. 123
What is the Soul?p. 147
Mind and Matter in Modern Sciencep. 151
p. 165
Science and Religionp. 167
Notesp. 186
Cosmic Purposep. 189
Notesp. 204
p. 205
An Outline of Intellectual Rubbishp. 207
The Value of Free Thought How to Become a Truth-Seeker and Break the Chains of Mental Slaveryp. 239
Sinp. 271
Are the World's Troubles Due to Decay of Faith?p. 281
Ideas That Have Harmed Mankindp. 289
Ideas That Have Helped Mankindp. 305
p. 323
Mahatma Gandhip. 325
The Theologian's Nightmarep. 337
Bibliographyp. 341
Index of Namesp. 345
Subject Indexp. 349
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ISBN: 9780879753238
ISBN-10: 0879753234
Series: Great Books in Philosophy
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 350
Published: 1st February 1986
Publisher: Prometheus Books
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.3 x 14.0  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.4
Edition Number: 1

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