Atheism: What Everyone Needs to Know

Atheism: What Everyone Needs to Know

by Michael Ruse

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ISBN-13: 9780199334582
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 01/09/2015
Series: What Everyone Needs to Know Series
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Michael Ruse was born in 1940 in England. Raised in a Quaker family, he went to Bootham School in York and then to the University of Bristol, where he majored in mathematics and philosophy. In 1962 he emigrated to Canada and did graduate work at McMaster University in Ontario. He returned to Bristol to do his doctoral degree in philosophy. He taught at the University of Guelph from 1965 to 2000, and then to avoid compulsory retirement moved south to Florida State University. He is the author or editor of over fifty books, the founding editor of Biology and Philosophy, the recipient of four honorary degrees, a Guggenheim Fellow, a Gifford Lecturer, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. His academic interests are in the history and philosophy of the biological sciences and he is an expert on the work and influence of Charles Darwin. In recent years, his attention has been turned increasingly towards the relationships between science and religion. He is not a believer, but thinks that the two can exist together harmoniously.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Prologue
Chapter One: From the Greeks to the Enlightenment
Chapter Two: From the Enlightenment to the Present
Chapter Three: Statistics
Chapter Four: God and Humans
Chapter Five: Belief
Chapter Six: The Matter of Science
Chapter Seven: Questions for the Christian
Chapter Eight: Are there Good Reasons to Believe?
Chapter Nine: Alternative Religions
Chapter Ten: Naturalistic Explanations
Chapter Eleven: Is Religion Evil?
Chapter Twelve: The Meaningful Life
Envoi
Bibliography
Index

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