Critiques of God: Making the Case Against Belief in God / Edition 1

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Overview

As the only collection of essays to present, in a comprehensive way, the case against belief in God, this classic volume rejects the niew that moral values and human purpose require divine sanction. The arguments for God's existence, the validity of mystical experience, and the importance of the God concept for the development of morality and meaning in life are critically evaluated by sixteen well-known philosophers and psychologists. Included are works by Kurt Baier, John Dewey, Paul Edwards, Antony Flew, Sigmund Freud, Erich Fromm, Sidney Hook, Walter Kaufmann, Corliss Lamont, Wallace I. Matson, H.J. McCloskey, Ernest Nagel, Kai Nielsen, Richard Robinson, Bertrand Russell, and Michael Scriven. Included are discussions of the meaning of the existence of God, the relationships between faith and mysticism, reason and science, fate, the problem of evil, ethics without God, and immortality.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781573921237
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books
  • Publication date: 3/28/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 371
  • Sales rank: 1,372,575
  • Lexile: 1350L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.37 (w) x 8.31 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Philosophical Concepts of Atheism 3
Modern Knowledge and the Concept of God 21
The Cosmological Argument 43
The Argument from Design 59
God and Reason 95
Religion and Reason 115
The Core of Religion 127
The Future of An Illusion 143
An Analysis of Some Types of Religious Experience 155
Religion Versus the Religious 183
God and Evil 203
Divine Omnipotence and Human Freedom 227
Morality and the Will of God 241
The Illusion of Immortality 261
The Meaning of Life 293
Cosmic Purpose 335
Malicious Philosophies of Science 351
Bibliography 369
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2000

    Somewhat outdated atheist anthology

    _Critiques of God_ is a hard-hitting, comprehensive anthology of essays by leading atheist philosophers. My only complaint is that Prometheus Books should have updated this book to reflect recent developments in the philosophy of religion since the book's original publication in 1976 (e.g., the kalam cosmological argument, the fine-tuning argument, the evidential argument from evil, etc.).

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