Why I am not a Christian: and Other Essays on Religion and Related Subjects

Why I am not a Christian: and Other Essays on Religion and Related Subjects

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by Bertrand Russell
     
 

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While its tone is playful and frivolous, this book poses tough questions over the nature of religion and belief.

Religion provides comfortable responses to the questions that have always beset humankind - why are we here, what is the point of being alive, how ought we to behave? Russell snatches that comfort away, leaving us instead with other, more troublesome

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While its tone is playful and frivolous, this book poses tough questions over the nature of religion and belief.

Religion provides comfortable responses to the questions that have always beset humankind - why are we here, what is the point of being alive, how ought we to behave? Russell snatches that comfort away, leaving us instead with other, more troublesome alternatives: responsibility,
autonomy, self-awareness. He tells us that the time to live is now, the place to live is here, and the way to be happy is to ensure others are happy.

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ISBN-13:
9780415325103
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis, Inc.
Publication date:
02/02/2004
Series:
Routledge Classics Series
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
706,569
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.00(d)

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Why I Am Not a Christian and Other Essays on Religion and Related Subjects 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
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AdamZ1 More than 1 year ago
This is the first "atheistic" book I ever read. What's great about it is that it tackles the issue of religion from many different angles. A lot of the pieces in it are straightforward essays, but other pieces read more like short stories. This allows the reader to view the issue itself in forms that might be more amenable to their particular literary interests.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is probably the first book one should read when first contemplating the question of gods and faith. Simple. Elegant. Magnificent.
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Ferguson More than 1 year ago
Bertrand Russell is masterful in this compilation of his essays and other writings. Absolutely wonderful.
Jayqualitee More than 1 year ago
This Book is absolutely wonderful if you are an Atheist, an Agnostic, or simply believe that religion has a more negative than positive effect on the world. I guess that in a perfect world the fundamentalists would read this book and come to the realization that they're traditions and century-old beliefs are not always the right thing for our ever-changing nation and world but unfortunately I can not see someone like that reading or understanding this book. I would recommend this book to any person who is intelligent enough to know about the world religious agenda and the state of affairs in the world form pre-WWI to post-WWII. Overall, I think it may be best for most people simply to read the first essay entitled "Why I am Not a Christian" and not worry about the subsequent essays unless you have a great interest in philosophy.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
In this brilliantly witty collection of essays and speeches, Russell thoroughly demolishes the fallacies of Christianity. I enjoyed reading this logician's arguments against accepting doctrine and dogma on blind faith and other such poppycock proposed by Christian fanatics. God TRULY disappears in a puff of logic in this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Russell's logic is penetrating. He places religion on the operating table and dissects it. Very Nietzche. A definite must read.