By George H. Smith

ISBN-10: 0879755776

ISBN-13: 9780879755775

during this wide-ranging selection of articles, essays, and speeches, George H. Smith analyzes atheism and its relevance to society today.

The featured essay during this quantity presents an entire research of Ayn Rand's detailed contribution to atheism, explaining how her objectivist metaphysics and laissez-faire fiscal rules rested on a basically godless worldview. numerous chapters tackle the evolution of atheism; arguments in want of non secular toleration; the efforts of early Church fathers to discredit Roman polytheism and the way those arguments can be utilized with equivalent strength opposed to later Christian descriptions of God; and a survey of the contributions to freethought made via the deists of the 18th and nineteenth centuries.

With incisive good judgment and huge wit, Smith ties atheism to cause and argues that cause itself could be a ethical advantage. in a single penetrating bankruptcy, Smith salutes 3 Christian theorists who he believes embrace the spirit of cause: Thomas Aquinas, Desiderius Erasmus, and John Locke. this is often by way of a philosophical drubbing of his "least favourite Christians" - St. Paul, St. Augustine, and John Calvin. In next chapters, Smith examines faith and schooling; addresses the twentieth century fundamentalist revival; bargains feedback on the way to debate atheism with spiritual believers; opinions "new religions," together with pop remedy, est, and tranactional research; and offers a complete bibliographic essay at the literature of freethought.

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