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Written in the tradition of the vastly popular Prometheus title Atheism: The Case Against God and The Atheist Debater's Handbook, this accessible and inviting primer of nonbelief ponders eight of the most-asked questions about atheism.

What is atheism? How can atheists have morals? How can atheists have purpose in their lives? Doesn't the Bible show that god exists? Do reports of miracles prove the existence of a god? Aren't there philosophical proofs demonstrating that god exists? Wouldn't a person have to know everything to say that god doesn't exist? What's wrong with believing on faith?

These are the concerns that arise when believers and those who are simply curious question the purpose and meaning they suspect is lacking in the lives of nonbelievers. These questions also come up in philosophical and theological debates on the assumptions and merits of both belief and nonbelief. Krueger contends that atheism is a powerful alternative to the religious outlook so prevalent today, yet it is also one of the most misunderstood because people harbor preconceived ideas about atheism.

This concise introduction to atheism, from a scholar who has led thousands of students to the enlightenment of freethought, has been designed with the general audience in mind.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781573922142
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books
  • Publication date: 5/28/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 220
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Douglas E. Krueger(Fayetteville, AR) is a doctoral candidate in philosophy at the University of Arkansas.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2005

    Awesome Book!!!

    Really explains all about atheism. Must read for all real free thinkers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2002

    Defines and Explains Atheism Simply

    This is a truly great book on the topic of atheism because it gets straight to the point. It's written so that it is very easy to understand and easy to memorize what you read. This book is an excellent primer to those who are new to the Atheist lifestyle.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2001

    If you like clear, understandable writing, you will love this book!

    I truly love this book. It's so clear, so easy to understand, and so organized! It's genuinely readable (which is not something I would say about a lot of other books on this topic). It's entertaining enough that you might be tempted to read it straight through all at once, but it's also very logically laid out and organized (so if you're a busy person, like me, and you only have a few mintues to read at a time, you can start and stop -- it's got headings and short sections, so it's perfect for that). Initially I read it just for fun and information, and I did enjoy reading it very much, and I know I gained a lot from it. And now I've found myself going back to it, to use it as a reference. It's excellent, and in my opinion, worth much more than you'll pay for it. I also think it would make a wonderful textbook for a Philosophy/Religion class.

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