By Louise M. Antony
Atheists are often demonized as boastful intellectuals, adverse to faith, without ethical sentiments, advocates of an "anything is going" way of life. Now, during this revealing quantity, nineteen best philosophers open a window at the internal lifetime of atheism, shattering those universal stereotypes as they show how they got here to show clear of spiritual belief.
These hugely enticing own essays trap the terrific range to be came across between atheists, delivering a portrait that would shock such a lot readers. a few of the authors, for instance, show nice affection for specific non secular traditions, while they clarify why they can't, in reliable moral sense, embody them. not one of the individuals brush off non secular trust as silly or primitive, and several other even ask for forgiveness that they can not, or can not, think. probably extra vital, in those reflective items, they provide clean perception into a few of the oldest and such a lot tricky difficulties dealing with the human brain and spirit. for example, if God is lifeless, is every thing authorised? Philosophers with out Gods demonstrates convincingly, with arguments that date again to Plato, that morality is self sufficient of the life of God. certainly, each author during this quantity adamantly affirms the objectivity of correct and fallacious. additionally, they contend that secular lifestyles supplies rewards as nice and as wealthy as spiritual existence. A naturalistic knowing of the human situation provides a collection of challenges--to pursue our targets with out illusions, to behave morally with out wish of reward--challenges which could impart a long-lasting price to finite and fragile human lives.
'This Atheists R Us compilation differs markedly in tone from Hitchens and Dawkins. first-class fare for Christian small teams whose participants are certainly attracted to the arguments raised by means of atheists.'-- Christianity Today
'Rather than the foolishness of Dawkins or Hitchens, those [essays] are compelling and complicated arguments that spiritual humans should confront....'-- Tikkun
'Taken as a bunch, those readable, own, and provocative essays make it transparent that there are various different types of non-believers, or even many various components that make up a unmarried skeptical outlook. opposite to the preferred photo, atheism isn't really all rebellious trumpets and defiant drums. That a part of the orchestra is key, yet the following we've all of the forms of unreligious event, an entire symphony of unbelief.' -- unfastened Inquiry
'This assortment moves me as an outstanding instance of ways understandable philosophical writing may be at its top. quite often, the essays are written in a transparent and direct variety, freed from philosophical jargon. many that learn it's going to locate themselves additionally engaged at a degree that isn't purely academic.'--George I. Mavrodes, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews