Atheism: A Very Short Introduction: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | January 19, 2004

byJulian Baggini

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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 withoutreligious 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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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 withoutreligious belief can be positive, meaningful, and mo...

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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Format:PaperbackDimensions:136 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.33 inPublished:January 19, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent book! by Julian Baggini, 119 pages, 2003, ISBN 978-0-19-280424-2 The author is a British Philosopher. This is an honest attempt to philosophically rationalize atheism. People often wonder what intellectual justifications an atheist may use to support his stance. To truly appreciate religion, you must also know what atheism is all about. The chapters of this book are: (1) What is atheism? (2) The Case for Atheism (3) Atheist Ethics (4) Meaning and Purpose (5) Atheism in History (6) Final Words
Date published: 2011-02-25

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Table of Contents

1. What is atheism2. The case for atheism3. Atheist ethics4. Purpose5. History6. Against Religion7. ConclusionFurther Reading

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`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