Irreligion: A Mathematician Explains Why the Arguments for God Just Don't Add Up

Irreligion: A Mathematician Explains Why the Arguments for God Just Don't Add Up

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By (author) John Allen Paulos

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  • Publisher: Hill & Wang Inc.,U.S.
  • Format: Paperback | 176 pages
  • Dimensions: 127mm x 185mm x 15mm | 159g
  • Publication date: 25 September 2009
  • ISBN 10: 0809059185
  • ISBN 13: 9780809059188
  • Edition: 1
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 251,965

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Are there any logical reasons to believe in God? The mathematician and bestselling author John Allen Paulos thinks not. In "Irreligion" he presents the case for his own world view, organizing his book into twelve chapters that refute the twelve arguments most often put forward for believing in God's existence. Interspersed among these 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'. Despite the strong influence of his day job, Paulos says, there isn't a single mathematical formula in the book.

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John Allen Paulos is a professor of mathematics at Temple University. His books include the bestseller "Innumeracy: Mathematical""Illiteracy and Its Consequences "(H&W, 1988), "A Mathematician Plays the Stock Market," and "A Mathematician Reads the Newspapers."

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"Reasoned, cool and concise--a good-natured primer for infidels." --Kirkus Reviews "[Paulos] is as sure-footed as a tiger as he prowls through the theocratic landscape, pouncing on sloppy thinking. To a large extent he succeeds in demolishing the arguments of believers." --Phillip Manning, "The News & Observer" (Raleigh) "[Paulos] knocks the props from under the classic arguments for the existence of God . . . The book is written with a charming skepticism that is not off-putting or arrogant." --Chuck Warnock, Amicus Dei blog "Few of the recent books on atheism have been worth reading just for wit and style, but this is one of them: Paulos is truly funny." --"Publishers Weekly" ""Irreligion" will, I'm confident, take a distinguished place in what one might call the canonical literature of the New Atheism." --Norman Levitt, "eSkeptic"