How to Be a Good Atheist

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For millennia priests and holy men have told countless conflicting tales about humanity's genesis and fate, while also saying anyone devoid of faith is evil, immoral, and responsible for societal ills. For those tired of these contradictions, fed up with hearing about divine mysteries when there aren't any, and offended by being told they're going to hell, atheism is a popular and logical answer. This book contains all you need to know about what to pack for your journey on the enlightening road to ...

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Overview

For millennia priests and holy men have told countless conflicting tales about humanity's genesis and fate, while also saying anyone devoid of faith is evil, immoral, and responsible for societal ills. For those tired of these contradictions, fed up with hearing about divine mysteries when there aren't any, and offended by being told they're going to hell, atheism is a popular and logical answer. This book contains all you need to know about what to pack for your journey on the enlightening road to atheism, including explanations of the five types of atheism and the difference between an atheist and an agnostic—a term invented by T. H. Huxley, famous for his defense of Darwin—as well as how a deist differs from a theist. Learn why Christians were originally called atheists; read about Lucretius and his fellow materialists; and revel alongside atheists who happily have nothing to defend.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781842432372
  • Publisher: Oldcastle Books
  • Publication date: 4/28/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 955,419
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Meet the Author

Nick Harding is the author of How to Start Your Own Secret Society, Secret Societies, and Urban Legends.

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Table of Contents

Introduction     9
What is Atheism?     22
The Blindingly Obvious
Atheism and Morality
Are Atheists Happy?
Nothing to Defend
Atheism: A Brief History     37
Atheism: The Early Years
The Egyptians
India
Materialism
The Cynics
The Stoics
The Sceptics
Euhemerism
Lucretius
The Late Classical Era and the Dark Ages
The Middle Ages
The Renaissance
The Age of Enlightenment
The Nineteenth Century
The Twentieth Century to the Present Day
Defending Atheism     69
Accusations of Fundamentalism
Atheism as Conspiracy?
Guilt by Association
The Religious Wrong
Religion in Mind
Atheism as Narrow-mindedness and the Poetic Tradition
Science and the Quest for God
Objections to Blasphemy
What Is Wrong with Religion?     123
Objections to 'Faith'
God's Benevolence?
Religion as a False Construct of Myth
Just Why Does the Church Fear Atheism?
Conclusion
A Few Famous Atheists     142
David Hume
Thomas Paine
Karl Marx
Robert Green Ingersoll
Charles Bradlaugh
Friedrich Nietzsche
Sigmund Freud
Joseph McCabe
Madalyn Murray O'Hair
Bertrand Russell
Richard Dawkins
Sam Harris
Glossary     149
Bibliography     153
Index     156
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