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Atheists are often demonized as conceited intellectuals, hostile to faith, with out ethical sentiments, advocates of an "anything is going" way of life. Now, during this revealing quantity, nineteen prime philosophers open a window at the internal lifetime of atheism, shattering those universal stereotypes as they exhibit how they got here to show clear of spiritual trust.
These hugely enticing own essays seize the wonderful range to be chanced on between atheists, delivering a portrait that might shock such a lot readers. some of the authors, for instance, exhibit nice affection for specific spiritual traditions, whilst they clarify why they can't, in reliable moral sense, include them. not one of the members brush aside non secular trust as silly or primitive, and a number of other even make an apology that they can't, or can now not, think. might be extra very important, in those reflective items, they give clean perception into the various oldest and such a lot tough difficulties dealing with the human brain and spirit. for example, if God is useless, is every thing approved? Philosophers with no Gods demonstrates convincingly, with arguments that date again to Plato, that morality is self reliant of the lifestyles of God. certainly, each author during this quantity adamantly affirms the objectivity of correct and unsuitable. in addition, they contend that secular lifestyles provides rewards as nice and as wealthy as spiritual lifestyles. A naturalistic knowing of the human offers a suite of challenges--to pursue our targets with no illusions, to behave morally with out desire 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. very good fare for Christian small teams whose contributors are really attracted to the arguments raised by way of atheists.'-- Christianity this present day

'Rather than the foolishness of Dawkins or Hitchens, those [essays] are compelling and complex arguments that spiritual humans should confront....'-- Tikkun

'Taken as a bunch, those readable, own, and provocative essays make it transparent that there are numerous different types of non-believers, or even many various parts that make up a unmarried skeptical outlook. opposite to the preferred snapshot, atheism isn't really all rebellious trumpets and defiant drums. That a part of the orchestra is key, yet right here we have now all of the different types of unreligious adventure, a whole symphony of unbelief.' -- loose Inquiry

'This assortment moves me as an outstanding instance of the way understandable philosophical writing should be at its most sensible. commonly, the essays are written in a transparent and direct sort, 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

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