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Atheism (Brief Insight)by Julian Baggini
Synopses & Reviews
Is a life without religion one without values or purpose? Julian Baggini emphatically says no. He sets out to dispel the myths surrounding atheism and to show how it can be both a meaningful and moral choice. He directly confronts the failure of officially atheist states in the twentieth century, and presents an intellectual case for atheism that rests as much on reasoned and positive arguments for its truth as on negative arguments against religion.
Book News Annotation:
Well-reasoned and non-confrontational, this book responds to the classical arguments against atheism and explores how ethics and meaning can arise in a world without a supreme being. A brief chapter on history and atheism reassess the role religion (or lack thereof) played in the fascist regimes of Germany, Spain, and Italy, and in the communism of the Soviet Union. Includes a brief index and suggestions for further reading. For the general reader with an intellectual bent. Originally published in 2003 by Oxford University Press. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Atheism is often considered to be a negative, dark, and pessimistic belief which is characterised by a rejection of values and purpose and a fierce opposition to religion. Atheism: A Very Short Introduction sets out to dispel the myths that surround atheism and show how a life without religious belief can be positive, meaningful, and moral. It also confronts the failure of officially atheist states in the Twentieth Century. The book presents an intellectual case for atheism that rests as much upon positive arguments for its truth as on negative arguments against religion.
About the Author
Julian Baggini is editor of Philosophers Magazine and the author of several books on philosophy. He has also written for a variety of newspapers and journals, including the Guardian, the Independent, and New Humanist.
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