Atheism: A Guide for the Perplexed

A Guide for the Perplexed
Continuum Publishing Corporation
  • erschienen am 13. Mai 2010
  • Buch
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  • Softcover
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  • 195 Seiten
978-0-8264-2493-8 (ISBN)
Interest in atheism has surged since the "New Atheism" trinity of Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, and Christopher Hitchens launched their attack on religious belief. Their militant, in-your-face style has delighted readers who are already nonbelievers and infuriated theists, and in the process made them best-selling authors. But the cost of their approach is that the current cultural and intellectual dialogue about atheism frequently generates more heat than light: acrimony replaces reasoned investigation, polemic overpowers philosophical analysis, and too often the outcome is confusion rather than truth.

Atheism: A Guide for the Perplexed moves beyond the polemics to present an overview of atheism that is rigorous but still accessible to the educated layperson as well as the undergraduate student in philosophy and theology courses. After a preliminary investigation of what atheists mean when they use the words "atheism" and "God"-a much more complex investigation than one might suspect-the book explores the differences and similarities between "old" and "new" atheism (the primary distinction is that the latter relies heavily on science whereas the former relied on philosophy and is uncompromisingly hostile to religion); places atheism of either variety in context by examining the naturalistic worldview that grounds it; provides a short historical sketch of atheism; examines a number of arguments against God-belief; investigates whether an atheist worldview is consistent with ethics and a sense of purposefulness; asks is an atheist "spirituality" is possible; inquires into whether the current militancy against religious belief is pertinent or a red herring; and concludes with a few suggestions for continued dialogue between believers and nonbelievers.

The goal throughout is to present a balanced, non-partisan introduction to the worldview, principles, and arguments of atheism that highlights the positions strengths as well as ist weaknesses.
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  • Höhe: 215 mm
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  • Breite: 146 mm
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  • Dicke: 15 mm
  • 299 gr
978-0-8264-2493-8 (9780826424938)
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Kerry Walters is William Bittinger Professor of Philosophy at Gettysburg College, PA, USA, where he also co-founded the Peace and Justice Studies program.
Introduction. What This Book Isn't and What It Is

Chapter 1. What Is Atheism?

Chapter 2. The Atheist Worldview

Chapter 3. Refuting Theistic "Proofs"

Chapter 4. Why God Can't Exist

Chapter 5. The Natural History of Religion

Chapter 6. A Godless Morality

Chapter 7. Sisyphus' Question

Chapter 8. An Atheist Spirituality?

Works Cited
"Kerry Walters's fine book contributes fairly and substantively to the contemporary discussion of atheism. Unlike most other treatments, this attractive and readable work not only exposes all sides of the God-question succinctly and clearly, but it does so with unrelenting compassion, wisdom, and accuracy. The book is a model of significant and informed intellectual exchange. Highly recommended." - John F. Haught, Senior Fellow, Science & Religion, Georgetown Universit, USA"

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