50 Voices of Disbelief: Why We Are Atheists by Russell Blackford, Udo Schuklenk

By Russell Blackford, Udo Schuklenk

50 Voices of Disbelief: Why we're Atheists presents a suite of unique essays drawn from a global crew of famous voices within the fields of academia, technology, literature, media and politics who provide rigorously thought of statements of why they're atheists. * incorporates a really foreign solid of members, starting from public intellectuals resembling Peter Singer, Susan Blackmore, and A.C. Grayling, novelists, similar to Joe Haldeman, and heavyweight philosophers of faith, together with Graham Oppy and Michael Tooley * Contributions variety from rigorous philosophical arguments to hugely own, even whimsical, debts of the way every one of those impressive thinkers have come to reject faith of their lives * prone to have wide allure given the present public fascination with spiritual matters and the reception of such books as The God Delusion and The finish of Faith

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Please. We wouldn’t give that the time of day in any other context. Nobody would buy the idea of ideal, loving, concerned, involved parents who permanently hide from their children, so why buy it of a loving God? The obvious answer of course is that believers have to buy it for the inescapable reason that their God is hidden. The fact is that God doesn’t make personal appearances, or even send authenticated messages, so believers have to say something to explain that obtrusive fact. ” The answer however has the same flaw that all claims about God have: nobody knows that.

It had never heard of Salt Lake City, of course. Nor had it ever heard of a quingigillion, which was roughly the number of miles between this valley and the Great Salt Lake of Utah. The problem with the valley was this. The Monk currently believed that the valley and everything in the valley and around it, including the Monk itself and the Monk’s horse, was a uniform shade of pale pink. This made for a certain difficulty in distinguishing any one thing from any other thing, and therefore made doing anything or going anywhere impossible, or at least difficult and dangerous.

5 The celestial teapot is an idea worthy of Douglas Adams, or, more accurately, Adams’s brilliance is reminiscent of Bertrand Russell. Richard Dawkins goes on to tell us that: I have found it an amusing strategy, when asked whether I am an atheist, to point out that the questioner is also an atheist when considering Zeus, Apollo, Amon Ra, Mithras, Baal, Thor, Wotan, the Golden Calf and the Flying Spaghetti Monster. 6 All or almost all religious people are atheists with respect to some theocratic tradition.

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