Atheism: A Very Short Introduction

Atheism: A Very Short Introduction

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Atheism is often considered to be a negative, dark, and pessimistic belief which is characterized 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.

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Product details

  • Paperback | 136 pages
  • 111 x 174 x 9mm | 115g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • numerous halftones
  • 0192804243
  • 9780192804242
  • 100,675

Table of contents

1. What is atheism ; 2. The case for atheism ; 3. Atheist ethics ; 4. Purpose ; 5. History ; 6. Against Religion ; 7. Conclusion ; Further Reading
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Review quote

lively and readable...ideal for a popular audience...his very short introduction, which packs into a hundred pages a wealth of insight and argument, is itself a wonderful commitment to the rational thought which he defends * Richard Norman, New Humanist *
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About Julian Baggini

Julian Baggini is editor and co-founder of The Philosophers' Magazine. He is the author of several books on philosophy including Making Sense: Philosophy Behind the Headlines and New British Philosophy: The Interviews (with Jeremy Stangroom). He has also written for newspapers, magazines and academic journals.
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