Atheism: What Everyone Needs to Know

Paperback | December 16, 2014

byMichael Ruse

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Over the last decade, "New Atheists" such as Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, and Christopher Hitchens have pushed the issue of atheism to the forefront of public discussion. Yet very few of the ensuing debates and discussions have managed to provide a full and objective treatment of the subject.Atheism: What Everyone Needs to Know provides a balanced look at the topic, considering atheism historically, philosophically, theologically, sociologically and psychologically. Written in an easily accessible style, the book uses a question and answer format to examine the history of atheism,arguments for and against atheism, the relationship between religion and science, and the issue of the meaning of life - and whether or not one can be a happy and satisfied atheist. Above all, the author stresses that the atheism controversy is not just a matter of the facts, but a matter of burningmoral concern, both about the stand one should take on the issues and the consequences of one's commitment.

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Over the last decade, "New Atheists" such as Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, and Christopher Hitchens have pushed the issue of atheism to the forefront of public discussion. Yet very few of the ensuing debates and discussions have managed to provide a full and objective treatment of the subject.Atheism: What Everyone Needs to Know provide...

Michael Ruse was born in 1940 in England. Raised in a Quaker family, he went to Bootham School in York and then to the University of Bristol, where he majored in mathematics and philosophy. In 1962 he emigrated to Canada and did graduate work at McMaster University in Ontario. He returned to Bristol to do his doctoral degree in philos...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:December 16, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgementsPrologue1. From the Greeks to the Enlightenment2. From the Enlightenment to the Present3. Statistics4. God and Humans5. Belief6. The Matter of Science7. Questions for the Christian8. Are there Good Reasons to Believe?9. Alternative Religions10. Naturalistic Explanations11. Is Religion Evil?12. The Meaningful LifeEnvoiBibliographyIndex

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"Atheism: What Everyone Needs to Know is an excellent scholarly yet very readable account of an important subject, which reveals its complexity and contradictions along with those of the human mind itself." --Edward O. Wilson, University Research Professor Emeritus, Harvard University