Why Atheism?

Why Atheism?

George H. Smith / Oct 17, 2019

Why Atheism Is it possible for the nonbeliever to lead a happy and meaningful life This is one question George H Smith defender of reason and personal liberty and author of an influential contemporary classic on

  • Title: Why Atheism?
  • Author: George H. Smith
  • ISBN: 9781573922685
  • Page: 126
  • Format: Paperback
  • Is it possible for the nonbeliever to lead a happy and meaningful life This is one question George H Smith, defender of reason and personal liberty and author of an influential contemporary classic on nonbelief, seeks to answer in Why Atheism Smith reviews the historical roots of nonbelief going back to the ancient Greeks, argues that philosophy can serve as an importantIs it possible for the nonbeliever to lead a happy and meaningful life This is one question George H Smith, defender of reason and personal liberty and author of an influential contemporary classic on nonbelief, seeks to answer in Why Atheism Smith reviews the historical roots of nonbelief going back to the ancient Greeks, argues that philosophy can serve as an important alternative to religion, and defends reason as the most reliable method humans have for establishing truth and conducting one s life.Why Atheism tackles a wide range of subjects, some of which have never been thoroughly analyzed from an atheistic point of view Beginning with the problem of atheism s credibility, Smith points out the various ways in which religious opponents have sought to exclude atheism from serious consideration He also analyzes a number of classical philosophical issues, such as the nature of knowledge and belief, concluding that modern atheism is largely an unintended consequence of the religious diversity brought about by the Protestant Reformation.Two chapters are devoted to ethics, one focusing on the ethics of belief with particular attention given to the views of Thomas Aquinas and John Locke Other chapters discuss the persecution of religious dissenters and the features of an ethical system without belief in God Smith s characteristic lucidity, analytical rigor, and wit make Why Atheism an accessible and enjoyable guide to living a positive life without belief in a supreme being.

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    1. George Smith is one of those writers who is able to approach philosophy in a very un-philosophical way, which is a good thing. His ability enables people who would otherwise miss out on some of the most important discussions that humanity can have. Why Atheism? Reads like a conversation to me: straight forward, to the point, no nonsense. This book is a follow-up to The Case Against God. Given the title of the first chapter, Coming to Terms, I would argue that this book is written for the person [...]


    2. The last in Smith's informal "Atheism Trilogy," Why Atheism? explores the philosophical reasons behind freethought and atheism and rebuts many classic arguments one often encounters from theists. As always, Smith's adept handling of philosophy, history, and science is without peer. My favorite chapters were "The Roots of Modern Atheism," parts one and two. These chapters analyze the historical and philosophical reasoning behind the growth of freethought in the western world during the Renaissanc [...]


    3. this book discusses different philosophical arguments pertaining to the existence of God and atheism. It was really interesting learning about philosophers such as Hume, Hobbes, Descartes, Spinoza, etc. And reading about their different arguments made me wish I'd taken more philosophy courses in college. This is really interesting stuff.



    4. Very poorly edited. Not as insightful as I had hoped and not ecumenical enough for me. For more thoughts:satia/2010/04/why



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