Atheism

Paperback | September 1, 1979

byGeorge H. Smith

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"Does a god exist? This question has undoubtedly been asked, in one form or another, since man has had the ability to communicate. . . Thousands of volumes have been written on the subject of a god, and the vast majority have answered the questions with a resounding ''Yes!'' "

"You are about to read a minority viewpoint."

With this intriguing introduction, George H. Smith sets out to demolish what he considers the most widespread and destructive of all the myths devised by man - the concept of a supreme being. With painstaking scholarship and rigorous arguments, Mr. Smith examines, dissects, and refutes the myriad "proofs" offered by theists - the defenses of sophisticated, professional theologians, as well as the average religious layman. He explores the historical and psychological havoc wrought by religion in general - and concludes that religious belief cannot have any place in the life of modern, rational man.

"It is not my purpose to convert people to atheism . . . (but to) demonstrate that the belief in God is irrational to the point of absurdity. If a person wishes to continue believing in a god, that is his prerogative, but he can no longer excuse his belief in the name of reason and moral necessity."

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This popular book on atheism powerfully refutes arguments made over the centuries to prove the existence of a god. Smith insists that reason, not faith, should guide our thought and culture."...welcome, hardhitting". -- Publishers Weekly

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"Does a god exist? This question has undoubtedly been asked, in one form or another, since man has had the ability to communicate. . . Thousands of volumes have been written on the subject of a god, and the vast majority have answered the questions with a resounding 'Yes!' ""You are about to read a minority viewpoint."With this intriguing introduction, George H. Smith sets out to demolish what he ...

George H. Smith is the author of the world's most popular book on nonbelief -- Atheism: The Case Against God--and Atheism, Ayn Rand, and Other Heresies.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:355 pages, 8.3 × 5.4 × 0.9 inPublished:September 1, 1979Publisher:Prometheus Books

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ISBN - 10:087975124X

ISBN - 13:9780879751241

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Revealing Excellent Book! Very well written, and highly recommended for both Theists, Agnostics, and Atheistis. To sum it up> To explain the unknown by the known is a logical procedure; to explain the known by the unknown is a form of theological lunacy. -David Brooks-
Date published: 2006-12-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Reason renounces Theism A concise overveiw of the atheistic position on some major theological issues. Provides clear refutations of the ontological arguement for the existence of God, etc. as well as an interesting attack on agnosticism. A must read for both sides.
Date published: 1999-06-16