Synopses & Reviews
A lifelong unbeliever finds no reason to change his mind.
Are there any logical reasons to believe in God? Mathematician and bestselling author John Allen Paulos thinks not. In Irreligion he presents the case for his own worldview, organizing his book into twelve chapters that refute the twelve arguments most often put forward for believing in God's existence. The latter arguments, Paulos relates in his characteristically lighthearted style, "range from what might be called golden oldies to those with a more contemporary beat. On the playlist are the first-cause argument, the argument from design, the ontological argument, arguments from faith and biblical codes, the argument from the anthropic principle, the moral universality argument, and others." Interspersed among his twelve counterarguments are remarks on a variety of irreligious themes, ranging from the nature of miracles and creationist probability to cognitive illusions and prudential wagers. Special attention is paid to topics, arguments, and questions that spring from his incredulity "not only about religion but also about others' credulity."
Are there any logical reasons to believe in God? Mathematician and bestselling author John Allen Paulos thinks not, and in Irreligion he presents the case for his own worldview, refuting the twelve arguments most often put forward for believing in God's existence.
About the Author
John Allen Paulos is an author, popular public speaker, and monthly columnist for ABCNews.com and the Guardian. A professor of math at Temple University in Philadelphia, he earned his Ph.D. in the subject from the University of Wisconsin.His books include the New York Times bestseller Innumeracy; A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper; Once Upon a Number, a Los Angeles Times Best Book of 1998; and A Mathematician Plays the Stock Market. He has also written scholarly papers on probability, logic, and the philosophy of science as well as book reviews and articles in such publications as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, the Nation, Discover, the American Scholar, and the London Review of Books.Paulos has appeared frequently on radio and television, including a four-part BBC adaptation of A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper and appearances on the Lehrer News Hour, 20/20, Larry King Live, and Late Show with David Letterman. In 2002 he received the University Creativity Award, and in 2003 the American Association for the Advancement of Science Award for promoting public understanding of science. Reader of over four hundred audiobooks, Dick Hill has won three coveted Audie Awards and been nominated numerous times. He is also the recipient of several AudioFile Earphones Awards. AudioFile includes Dick on their prestigious list of Golden Voices.