Atheism: The Case Against God

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Prometheus Books, 2016 - 366 páginas
In this classic treatise on atheism, George H. Smith sets out to demolish what he considers the most widespread and destructive of all the myths devised by human beings - the concept of a supreme being. With painstaking scholarship and rigorous arguments, Mr. Smith examines, dissects, and refutes the myriad "proofs" offered by theists - sophisticated, professional theologians - as well as the average religious layperson. 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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Comentário do usuário  - LisaMaria_C - LibraryThing

Yes, I am an atheist, and was before I ever opened this book. I guess the reason I rate this book so highly is because it's a philosophical approach dealing with the various arguments for a God. Too ... Ler resenha completa

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Comentário do usuário  - bibliosk8er - LibraryThing

OK, below is my original review -- which I wrote here by mistake. Just leaving it so the comments make sense.Frankly, I thought this book by Smith was sort of unmemorable, and as such, I don't ... Ler resenha completa

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ATHEISM AND
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The Scope of Atheism
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The Concept of God 3 The God of Christianity
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REASON FAITH AND REVELATION
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Reason Versus Faith
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The Skepticism of Faith
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The Varieties of Faith
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Revelation
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The Design Arguments ix
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GOD The PracticAL
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Atheism The Case Against God After 42 Years
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Notes
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THE ARGUMENTS FOR
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Natural Theology
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The Cosmological Arguments
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Selected Reading List
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George H. Smith is a freelance writer who writes a weekly article for the Cato Institute (libertarianism.org) titled "Excursions into the History of Libertarian Thought." He is the author of Atheism: The Case against God; Atheism, Ayn Rand, and Other Heresies; Why Atheism?; and The System of Liberty: Themes in the History of Classical Liberalism. Since 1971, he has written more than one hundred articles and book reviews that have appeared in a wide range of publications, including the New York Times, the Arizona Daily Star, Newsday, Reason, Free Inquiry, the Humanist, and Inquiry , among many others. He was formerly senior research fellow for the Institute for Humane Studies, a lecturer on American history for Cato Summer Seminars, and executive editor of Knowledge Products.

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