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Why I Am Not a Christian and Other Essays on Religion and Related Subjects : and Other Essays on Religion and Related Subjects - Bertrand Russell

Why I Am Not a Christian and Other Essays on Religion and Related Subjects

and Other Essays on Religion and Related Subjects

By: Bertrand Russell, Simon Blackburn (Foreword by)

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Why I am not a Christian is considered one of the most blasphemous philosophical documents ever written, and at a time when we have faith schools and wars over religious beliefs, its message today couldn't be more relevant. If religion provides comfortable responses to the questions that have always beset humankind - why are we here, what is the point of being alive, how ought we to behave - then Russell snatches that comfort away, leaving us instead with other, more troublesome alternatives: responsibility, autonomy, self-awareness. If it were possible to sum up this book in a sentence, then it would be that the time to live is now, the place to live is here, and the way to be happy is to ensure others are happy.

And what it all boils down to, is that disbelief is but a matter of believing. Ranked alongside Voltaire's Candide , Tom Paine's Age of Reason , Martin Scorsese's The Last Temptation of Christ , and Monty Python's The Life of Brian , Bertrand Russell's Why I am not a Christian has made some odd bedfellows over the years. While its tone is playful and frivolous, it poses tough questions over the nature of religion and belief.

'Devastating in its use of cold logic.' - The Independent

'The most robust as well as the most witty infidel since Voltaire and he can not fail to sharpen men's sense of what is entailed both in belief and unbelief.' - The Spectator

'What makes the book valuable is life-long uncompromising intellectual honesty.' - Times Literary Supplement

Preface to the Routledge Classics Editionp. vii
Editor's Introductionp. xvi
Prefacep. xxii
Why I Am Not a Christianp. 1
Has Religion Made Useful Contributions to Civilisation?p. 20
Do We Survive Death?p. 42
Seems, Madam? Nay, It Isp. 48
On Catholic and Protestant Scepticsp. 57
Life in the Middle Agesp. 65
The Fate of Thomas Painep. 70
Nice Peoplep. 84
The New Generationp. 92
Our Sexual Ethicsp. 102
Freedom and the Collegesp. 112
The Existence of God: a Debate Between Bertrand Russell and Father F. C. Copleston, Sjp. 125
Can Religion Cure Our Troubles?p. 153
Religion and Moralsp. 164
Appendixp. 166
Indexp. 213
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ISBN: 9780415325103
ISBN-10: 0415325102
Series: Routledge Classics
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: April 2004
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.1 x 13.9  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.29
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: New edition