Atheism Explained: From Folly to Philosophy [NOOK Book]

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"A clear, concise, complete, and convincing presentation of the case for atheism. Covers essentially all the arguments for and against God, in science, philosophy, and theology, with sympathy for the believer's views even as they are shown to be untenable."

—Victor J. Stenger, author of God: The Failed Hypothesis

"Atheism Explained is a gem. It is clear, informative, well-argued, provocative, often witty, and unfailingly interesting. David ...
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Overview

"A clear, concise, complete, and convincing presentation of the case for atheism. Covers essentially all the arguments for and against God, in science, philosophy, and theology, with sympathy for the believer's views even as they are shown to be untenable."

—Victor J. Stenger, author of God: The Failed Hypothesis

"Atheism Explained is a gem. It is clear, informative, well-argued, provocative, often witty, and unfailingly interesting. David Ramsay Steele ranges over so many issues that I should be surprised if he were right about everything, but it makes for a most stimulating read. The book is in a different league from Richard Dawkins's The God Delusion, and deserves much greater success."

—Jeremy Shearmur, author of The Political Thought of Karl Popper

"A refreshingly readable introduction to the arguments for and against believing in God, and the implications atheism has—and more importantly does not have—for politics, morality, and even religion itself."

—Susan Blackmore, author of Conversations on Consciousness

"Steele explains atheism with scholarship, cogency, wit, and clarity. He aims at the nonacademic reader, but no professional philosopher I know of could fail to be impressed."

—Jan Narveson, author of This Is Ethical Theory

"Atheism Explained is a much better defense of atheism than the recent works by Dawkins and Hitchens."

—James Sadowsky, S.J., Professor of Philosophy, Fordham University

"Steele defends atheism by a comprehensive analysis of attempts to prove and disprove the existence of God. If you want to refute atheism, then you need to reply to Atheism Explained. It may well become the classic work on the subject. It is as readable as it is rigorous."

—J.C. Lester, author of Escape from Leviathan

David Ramsay Steele is author of From Marx to Mises (1992), co-author (with Michael Edelstein)of Three Minute Therapy (1997), and editor of Genius: In Their Own Words (2002). His articles have appeared in Critical Review, Liberty, National Review, and Ethics. He contributed to The Atkins Diet and Philosophy (2005) and The New Encyclopedia of Unbelief (2007).
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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: 572,416
  • 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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