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Atheism Explained: From Folly to Philosophy [NOOK Book]

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Atheism Explained explores the claims made both for and against the existence of God. On the pro side: that the wonders of the world can only be explained by an intelligent creator; that the universe had to start somewhere; telepathy, out-of-body experiences, and other paranormal phenomena demonstrate the existence of a spirit world; and that those who experience God directly provide evidence as real as any physical finding. After disputing these arguments through calm, careful criticism, author David Ramsay ...
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Atheism Explained: From Folly to Philosophy

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Overview

Atheism Explained explores the claims made both for and against the existence of God. On the pro side: that the wonders of the world can only be explained by an intelligent creator; that the universe had to start somewhere; telepathy, out-of-body experiences, and other paranormal phenomena demonstrate the existence of a spirit world; and that those who experience God directly provide evidence as real as any physical finding. After disputing these arguments through calm, careful criticism, author David Ramsay Steele presents the reasons why God cannot exist: monstrous, appalling evils; the impossibility of omniscience; and the senseless concept that God is a thinking mind without a brain. He also explores controversial topics such as Intelligent Design, the power of prayer, religion without God, and whether a belief in God makes people happier and healthier. Steeleā€™s rational, easy-to-understand prose helps readers form their own conclusions about this eternally thorny topic.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812697032
  • Publisher: Open Court Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 2/1/2008
  • Series: Ideas Explained
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 950,304
  • File size: 452 KB

Meet the Author

David Ramsay Steele, Ph.D., is an editor and writer living in Chicago. He is the author of From Marx to Mises, co-author (with Michael Edelstein) of Three Minute Therapy, and editor of Genius: In Their Own Words.
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Table of Contents

Preface     ix
Mere Atheism     1
One Kind of God-and a Few Alternatives     3
Religion Can Do Without God     11
The Arguments for God     19
Paley's Challenge to Atheism and Darwin's Answer     21
The Objections to Darwinism     35
Did Someone Set the Dial?     59
Does God Explain Why Anything Exists?     71
Can We Prove God Exists by Pure Logic?     87
Do We Get Our Morals from God?     97
Can We Know God Directly?     107
Faith Doesn't Have a Prayer     117
The Holy Bible Isn't Wholly Reliable     127
Did God Compose the Quran?     153
The Arguments Against God     165
How to Prove a Negative     167
Vast Evil Shows There Is No God     179
Can Human Free Will Explain Why God Allows Vast Evil?     187
Can God Be a Person?     215
What God Can't Do and What God Can't Know     225
Is There a Spirit World?     241
Postscript to Part III: Bad or Feeble Arguments Against God     259
God or the Truth?     263
Atheism Is Irresistible     265
Disillusioned and Happy     279
Notes     287
Bibliography     295
Index     305
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