Icons of Unbelief: Atheists, Agnostics, and Secularists [NOOK Book]

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In the opinion of many critics and philosophers, we are entering an age of atheism marked by the waning of Christian fundamentalism and the flourishing of secular thought. Through alphabetically arranged entries written by expert contributors, this book profiles 27 iconic figures of unbelief whose ideas have shaped American society over the last 200 years. Included are entries on influential figures of the past, such as Albert Einstein and Voltaire, as well as on such contemporary figures as Richard Dawkins and ...

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Icons of Unbelief: Atheists, Agnostics, and Secularists

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Overview

In the opinion of many critics and philosophers, we are entering an age of atheism marked by the waning of Christian fundamentalism and the flourishing of secular thought. Through alphabetically arranged entries written by expert contributors, this book profiles 27 iconic figures of unbelief whose ideas have shaped American society over the last 200 years. Included are entries on influential figures of the past, such as Albert Einstein and Voltaire, as well as on such contemporary figures as Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris. Each entry discusses the ideas and lasting significance of each person or group, provides sidebars of interesting information and illuminating quotations, and cites works for further reading. The volume closes with a selected, general bibliography. Students in social studies and history classes will welcome this reference as a guide to the ideas central to the American separation of Church and State and to many of the political debates at the heart of society today.

Never before has atheism and agnosticism been so prevalent in American society, as testified by the simultaneous appearance of 2 atheist volumes on the bestseller lists: Richard Dawkins's The God Delusion and Sam Harris's Letter to a Christian Nation. This volume profiles some of the key figures and groups who have advanced religious unbelief over the past 200 years.

Each entry discusses the ideas and lasting significance of the person or group, provides sidebars of interesting information and quotations, and closes with a list of works for further reading. The volume ends with a selected, general bibliography. Students in history and social studies classes will welcome this reference as a guide to the American separation of Church and State and to the ideas central to contemporary political debates.

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"This biographical collection offers in-depth, essay-format profiles of 27 iconic figures of 'unbelief,' intellectuals who have advocated for atheism, agnosticism, or secularism, from the historical . . . to the contemporary. . . This is an excellent starting point for research and paper writing, but the casual reader will find the book engaging as well. This reviewer was caught up in the content and found the profiles to be well written, clearly presented, and very informative. . . . This set is recommended for public, high school, and academic libraries."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313347603
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/30/2008
  • Series: Greenwood Icons Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 634 KB

Meet the Author

S. T. JOSHI is an independent scholar and the author or editor of numerous books, including Icons of Horror and the Supernatural (Greenwood, 2007), Supernatural Literature of the World: An Encyclopedia (Greenwood, 2005), Atheism: A Reader (2000), God's Defenders: What They Believe and Why They Are Wrong (2003), and The Agnostic Reader (2007). He is also founder and editor of Lovecraft Studies and Studies in Weird Fiction.

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Table of Contents

Ayaan Hirsi Ali Jenin Younes Younes, Jenin 1

Charles Bradlaugh David Tribe Tribe, David 9

Richard Dawkins Donald R. Burleson Burleson, Donald R. 27

Daniel C. Dennett Richard Gillilan Gillilan, Richard 39

John Dewey John Shook Shook, John 51

Albert Einstein Mauro Murzi Murzi, Mauro 67

The Existentialists Max Deutscher Deutscher, Max 79

The Founding Fathers Edd Doerr Doerr, Edd 97

Sigmund Freud Kirk Bingaman Bingaman, Kirk 125

Sam Harris Jenin Younes Younes, Jenin 141

Thomas Henry Huxley Sherrie Lyons Lyons, Sherrie 153

Robert G. Ingersoll Tom Flynn Flynn, Tom 175

Paul Kurtz Bill Cooke Cooke, Bill 193

Corliss Lamont Bill Cooke Cooke, Bill 211

H. P. Lovecraft Robert M. Price Price, Robert M. 223

H. L. Mencken S. T. Joshi Joshi, S. T. 241

John Stuart Mill S. T. Joshi Joshi, S. T. 261

Kai Nielsen Bela Szabados Szabados, Bela Andrew Lugg Lugg, Andrew 279

Friedrich Nietzsche Weaver Santaniello Santaniello, Weaver 297

Madalyn Murray O'Hair Frank R. Zindler Zindler, Frank R. 319

The Philosophes Wilda Anderson Anderson, Wilda 335

Bertrand Russell Keith M. Parsons Parsons, Keith M. 357

Carl Sagan John Shook Shook, John 379

Leslie Stephen S. T. Joshi Joshi, S. T. 389

Mark Twain Richard Bleiler Bleiler, Richard 401

Gore Vidal S. T. Joshi Joshi, S. T. 415

Voltaire Jean-Claude Pecker Pecker, Jean-Claude 427

General Bibliography 443

About the Contributors 449

Index 455

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2013

    You are kidding!

    Seems to consist of short, possibly interesting, biographical sketches of 27 people. No primary material. Seventy-five dollars. Nice racket if you can find enough rich, stupid, rationalists to fall for this scam. 0 stars.

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