Russell Blackford's 50 Great Myths About Atheism PDF

By Russell Blackford

ISBN-10: 1118607813

ISBN-13: 9781118607817

Tackling a bunch of myths and prejudices usually leveled at atheism, this eye-catching quantity bursts with gleaming, eloquent arguments on each web page. The authors rebut claims that diversity from atheism being simply one other faith to the alleged atrocities dedicated in its name.

  • An obtainable but scholarly remark on hot-button concerns within the debate over non secular belief
  • Teaches serious considering talents via distinctive, rational argument
  • Objectively considers every one delusion on its merits
  • Includes a historical past of atheism and its advocates, an appendix detailing atheist firms, and an intensive bibliography
  • Explains the diversities among atheism and comparable innovations akin to agnosticism and naturalism

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In any event, whatever the stance of the American courts it does not follow that the courts of other countries will take the same approach. Once again, the crucial conceptual point we wish to make is this: a lack of belief is not simply the same as a form of belief. Atheism requires no more than a lack of belief in any God or gods, and this distinguishes it from typical religions, with their rich creeds, doctrines, rituals, and other practices. Myth 3 Atheists Believe in God but are in Denial This claim overlaps to some extent with the myth that atheists hate God, because in order to hate God you also need to believe that God exists.

If you are doubtful about this claim, consider Karlheinz Deschner's magisterial study Kriminalgeschichte des Christentums. Deschner, a German historian, dedicated his nine-volume magnum opus to writing the criminal history of Christian churches (Deschner, 1986–2008). The suggestion that religion is open to uncertainty, while atheism is the opposite, distorts humanity's historical experience with both. Perhaps we need harp no further on the dogmatism that is often shown by religious believers and their leaders—but what about atheists?

Nonetheless, there are many things that we can be confident about: for example, very few living people believe in the existence of Zeus; most of us are quite confident that he does not exist, even though there is no absolute certainty of it. We can also be confident about many well-established scientific findings, such as the basics of evolutionary theory and the heliocentric picture of the solar system. A qualification that should be added here, however, is that some particular conceptions of God may turn out to be self-contradictory or otherwise too vague or incoherent to be true.

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