Atheism: What Everyone Needs To Know by Michael Ruse

By Michael Ruse

During the last decade, "New Atheists" corresponding to Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, and Christopher Hitchens have driven the difficulty of atheism to the leading edge of public dialogue. but only a few of the consequent debates and discussions have controlled to supply a whole and aim therapy of the subject.

Atheism: What all people must recognize presents a balanced examine the subject, contemplating atheism traditionally, philosophically, theologically, sociologically and psychologically. Written in an simply available variety, the ebook makes use of a question and resolution structure to envision the background of atheism, arguments for and opposed to atheism, the connection among faith and technological know-how, and the problem of the that means of life-and even if you can still be a cheerful and chuffed atheist. principally, the writer stresses that the atheism controversy is not only an issue of the evidence, yet an issue of burning ethical crisis, either concerning the stand one should still tackle the problems and the implications of one's dedication.

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Overall, Joseph Stalin (1878–1953) was extremely hostile to religion: church property was expropriated, seminaries closed, writings suppressed and forbidden, and many priests suffered and died, especially in the brutal purges of the second half of the 1930s. A psychoanalyst might seize on the fact that Stalin was raised in a Georgian Orthodox seminary, no less, and ran into enough trouble with the authorities to be expelled. It wouldn’t be the first time that the sins of the fathers have been visited on the unfortunate children.

Not that Protestants escape censure. There is room for condemnation of all for “the terrible consequences that have arisen, logically and inevitably, out of Christian faith” (106). Harris concludes his look at Christianity gloomily: “Unfortunately, this catalog of horrors could be elaborated upon indefinitely. Auschwitz, the Cathar heresy, the witch hunts—these phrases signify depths of human depravity and human suffering that would surely elude description were a writer to set himself no other task” (106).

And, with Hume and Kant on my side, I could not think myself presumptuous in holding fast by that opinion” (238). But giving up on God did not mean giving up on morality or one’s massive sense of social duty. People like Huxley were deeply involved in the reformation of Victorian Britain, trying to bring modern science (including social science) and technology to the running of a huge, urbanized society. They may not have been Christians, but they took the parable of the talents tremendously seriously.

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