Atheism for Beginners: A Coursebook for Schools and Colleges

Atheism for Beginners: A Coursebook for Schools and Colleges

by Michael Palmer

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Atheism for Beginners: A Coursebook for Schools and Colleges by Michael Palmer

The word 'atheism' is derived from the Greek: a meaning 'not' is conjoined with theos meaning 'god'. So atheism may be defined as follows: it is the belief that there is no God. Unfortunately definition of terms is rarely this straightforward . In this educational book, Michael Palmer undertakes to analyse, develop and discuss the complex and too often reduced notion of atheism. In spite of the consciously atheist point of view adopted by the author, the volume remains critical and objective, making religious, philosophical and political concepts around atheism understandable. Even though the book clearly adresses a young audience, any kind of reader will find food for thought in this vivid and detailed work.

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ISBN-13: 9780718840778
Publisher: The Lutterworth Press
Publication date: 02/28/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
File size: 20 MB
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About the Author

Dr Michael Palmer was educated at Lancing College and St John's College, Durham. A former Teaching Fellow at McMaster University and Humboldt Fellow at Marburg University, Dr Palmer has taught at Marlborough College and Bristol University, and was for many years founding Head of the Department of Religion and Philosophy at The Manchester Grammar School. His Moral Problems (Lutterworth, 1991; 2nd ed, 2005), remains the most influential school coursebook in philosophy of its generation. His other works include Freud and Jung on Religion (1997), The Question of God (2001), Moral Problems in Medicine (2005), the two-volumed The Philosophy of Religion (2008), The Atheist's Creed (2010) and The Atheist's Primer (2012). One of the most widely-read of contemporary philosophers, his work has been translated into many languages.

Table of Contents

1. The Meaning of Atheism
2. Creation
3. The Design of the World
4. The Argument from Evil
5. The Moral Argument
6. Miracles
7. The Impulse to Believe
8. Disproving God

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