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Reasonable Atheism

Author : Scott F. Aikin
ISBN : 1616143835
Genre : Philosophy
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A recent poll from the University of Minnesota finds that atheists are America's least trusted social group. Perhaps compounding this negative impression is the attack-dog persona taken on in the past decade by the "New Atheists." Not only have they been quite public about their disbelief, but they've also stridently lambasted religious belief generally in a number of bestselling books. Disturbed by this negative public perception and the deterioration in the tone of open debate, the authors of this eminently reasonable work attempt to introduce a note of civility and rational clarity. To both religious believers and fellow atheists they counsel a measured approach that combines serious intellectual engagement with respect for the reasonableness of the other side's position. The heart of the book is the authors' moral case for atheism. Atheism, they contend, manifests a decidedly moral concern for others and their wellbeing. The authors further argue that atheism is driven by the kinds of moral considerations that should be familiar to all religious believers. Atheists are motivated by a moral concern for others, a desire to alleviate suffering and combat evil, and an appreciation for the value of life, freedom, and responsibility. In the end, the authors make not only a compelling case for atheism but also for the value and necessity of mutual respect in a democratic society composed of diverse citizens.
Category: Philosophy

A Reasonable God

Author : Gregory E. Ganssle
ISBN : 1602582416
Genre : Philosophy
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Calmly engaging the philosophical arguments posed by best-selling authors Daniel Dennett and Richard Dawkins, and to a lesser extent, Christopher Hitchens and Sam Harris, Gregory Ganssle's A Reasonable God is a nuanced, charitable, and philosophically well-informed defense of the existence of God. Eschewing the rhetoric and provocative purposes of the New Atheists, Ganssle instead lucidly and objectively analyzes each argument on its own philosophical merits, to see how persuasive they prove to be. Surveying topics including the relationship between faith and reason, moral arguments for the existence of God, the Darwinian theories of the origin of religion, he pays particular attention to, and ultimately rejects, what he determines is the strongest logical argument against the existence of god posed by the new atheists, put forth by Dawkins: that our universe resembles more of what an atheistic universe would be like than it does with what a theistic universe would be like.
Category: Philosophy

Atheism Answered

Author : Daniel Horace Fernald
ISBN : 9781606476949
Genre : Religion
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In 2006, Sam Harris made quite a stir with his best-selling book, Letter to a Christian Nation. In that book, he identified the Christian faith as the source of a host of evils, from Sub-Saharan AIDS to the imminent threat of a theocratically directed nuclear Holocaust. Dr. Daniel Horace Fernald first highlights the numerous gaping holes in Harris presentation, and then proceeds to challenge the very basis of Harris thesis: that Christian faith is by its very nature opposed to reason, science, and civil discourse. Fernald dispels this twisted caricature of Christians and their faith by demonstrating that it is actually the atheist worldview that is irrational, and that rationality itself is impossible without the God described in the Old and New Testaments. Using an approach adapted from presuppositional Christian apologetics, Fernald defends the faith and takes the battle to Harris, by showing the intellectual and moral emptiness of atheism. Dr. Daniel Horace Fernald is an accidental Christian conservative. He was born in New York City, studied French literature at the Sorbonne (University of Paris IV), and concluded his professional training by earning a Ph.D. in Philosophy at Atlantas Emory University. From these inauspicious beginnings, he found his way to Christ through an odd and circuitous path. A former tenured University professor and refugee from the academic asylum, he is the author of over 20 scholarly works. As a Paris-educated New Yorker, and adult convert to Christianity, he has survived numerous grillings by wary church elders, but is none the worse for wear. Dr. Fernald currently serves as Executive Director of The Christian Lyceum, an independent charitable apologetic, education, and hospitality ministry.
Category: Religion

Introduction To Logic

Author : Harry Gensler
ISBN : 9781134588817
Genre : Philosophy
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Introduction to Logic offers one of the most clear, interesting and accessible introductions to what has long been considered one of the most challenging subjects in philosophy. Harry Gensler engages students with the basics of logic through practical examples and important arguments both in the history of philosophy and from contemporary philosophy. Using simple and manageable methods for testing arguments, students are led step-by-step to master the complexities of logic. The companion LogiCola instructional program and various teaching aids (including a teacher's manual) are available from the book's website:
Category: Philosophy

Religion And Atheism

Author : Anthony Carroll
ISBN : 9781315521480
Genre : Philosophy
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Arguments between those who hold religious beliefs and those who do not have been at fever pitch. They have also reached an impasse, with equally entrenched views held by believer and atheist - and even agnostic - alike. This collection is one of the first books to move beyond this deadlock. Specially commissioned chapters address major areas that cut across the debate between the two sides: the origin of knowledge, objectivity and meaning; moral values and the nature of the human person and the good life; and the challenge of how to promote honest and fruitful dialogue in the light of the wide diversity of beliefs, religious and otherwise. Under these broad headings leading figures in the field examine and reflect upon: Secular and religious humanism The idea of the sacred The vexed issue of science in both religious and secular accounts of knowledge Spirituality for the godless Non-western perspectives on the atheism/theism debate. A key feature of the collection is a dialogue between Raymond Tallis and Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury. Religion and Atheism: Beyond the Divide will interest anyone who is concerned about the clash between the religious and the secular and how to move beyond it, as well as students of ethics, philosophy of religion and religious studies.
Category: Philosophy

U2 And Philosophy

Author : Mark A. Wrathall
ISBN : 9780812695991
Genre : Music
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"A collection of essays about the rock band U2 and lead singer Bono focusing on philosophical and ethical aspects of their music and political activities"--Provided by publisher.
Category: Music

50 Great Myths About Atheism

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ISBN : 9781118607817
Genre : Philosophy
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Tackling a host of myths and prejudices commonly leveled at atheism, this captivating volume bursts with sparkling, eloquent arguments on every page. The authors rebut claims that range from atheism being just another religion to the alleged atrocities committed in its name. An accessible yet scholarly commentary on hot-button issues in the debate over religious belief Teaches critical thinking skills through detailed, rational argument Objectively considers each myth on its merits Includes a history of atheism and its advocates, an appendix detailing atheist organizations, and an extensive bibliography Explains the differences between atheism and related concepts such as agnosticism and naturalism
Category: Philosophy

Is Faith In God Reasonable

Author : Corey Miller
ISBN : 9781134630370
Genre : Philosophy
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The question of whether faith in God is reasonable is of renewed interest in today’s academy. In light of this interest, as well as the rise of militant religion and terrorism and the emergent reaction by neo-atheism, this volume considers this important question from the views of contemporary scientists, philosophers, and in a more novel fashion, of rhetoricians. It is comprised of a public debate between William Lane Craig, supporting the position that faith in God is reasonable and Alex Rosenberg, arguing against that position. Scholars in the aforementioned fields then respond to the debate, representing both theistic and atheistic positions. The book concludes with rejoinders from Craig and Rosenberg.
Category: Philosophy

The Oxford Handbook Of Atheism

Author : Stephen Bullivant
ISBN : 9780191667404
Genre : Religion
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Recent books by, among others, Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, and Christopher Hitchens have thrust atheism firmly into the popular, media, and academic spotlight. This so-called New Atheism is arguably the most striking development in western socio-religious culture of the past decade or more. As such, it has spurred fertile (and often heated) discussions both within, and between, a diverse range of disciplines. Yet atheism, and the New Atheism, are by no means co-extensive. Interesting though it indeed is, the New Atheism is a single, historically and culturally specific manifestation of positive atheism (the that there is/are no God/s), which is itself but one form of a far deeper, broader, and more significant global phenomenon. The Oxford Handbook of Atheism is a pioneering edited volume, exploring atheism—understood in the broad sense of 'an absence of belief in the existence of a God or gods'—in all the richness and diversity of its historical and contemporary expressions. Bringing together an international team of established and emerging scholars, it probes the varied manifestations and implications of unbelief from an array of disciplinary perspectives (philosophy, history, sociology, anthropology, demography, psychology, natural sciences, gender and sexuality studies, literary criticism, film studies, musicology) and in a range of global contexts (Western Europe, North America, post-communist Europe, the Islamic world, Japan, India). Both surveying and synthesizing previous work, and presenting the major fruits of innovative recent research, the handbook is set to be a landmark text for the study of atheism.
Category: Religion

The Trial Of Theism

Author : George Jacob Holyoake
ISBN : OXFORD:590497993
Genre : Atheism
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Category: Atheism

The Atheist S Primer

Author : Malcolm Murray
ISBN : 9781460400449
Genre : Philosophy
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The Athiest’s Primer is a concise but wide-ranging introduction to a variety of arguments, concepts, and issues pertaining to belief in God. In lucid and engaging prose, Malcom Murray offers a penetrating yet fair-minded critique of the traditional arguments for the existence of God. He then explores a number of other important issues relevant to religious belief, such as the problem of suffering and the relationship between religion and morality, in each case arguing that atheism is preferable to theism. The book will appeal to both students and professionals in the philosophy of religion, as well as general audiences interested in the topic.
Category: Philosophy

William L Rowe On Philosophy Of Religion

Author : William L. Rowe
ISBN : 075465558X
Genre : Religion
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The present collection brings together for the first time Rowe's most significant contributions to the philosophy of religion. This diverse but representative selection of Rowe's writings will provide students, professional scholars as well as general readers with stimulating and accessible discussions on such topics as the philosophical theology of Paul Tillich, the problem of evil, divine freedom, arguments for the existence of God, religious experience, life after death, and religious pluralism.
Category: Religion

Out Of God S Closet

Author : Stephen Frederick Uhl
ISBN : 0979316901
Genre : Psychology
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SUPERANNO This book quickly shows the author's development from faithful Catholic priest to atheist psychologist who continues teaching The Golden Rule. Then the author discusses why most people believe in God and how superstitious religions divide society. Nevertheless readers are urged to be patient with all in our pluralistic society, since everyone unlearns childhood superstitions at his/her own insightful pace. Readers get ammunition to face "the biggest elephant in the room" in today's sectarian world.
Category: Psychology

Answering The New Atheism

Author : Scott Hahn
ISBN : 1931018480
Genre : Religion
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The essential book for dismantling Richard Dawkins' atheistic agenda. Scott Hahn and Benjamin Wiker collaborate to debunk Dawkins' theories and show how inconsistent and illogical his conclusions truly are. This is the definitive book for college students or faithful Christians hoping to answer Dawkins' claims and assert the logic and beauty of their faith.
Category: Religion