Atheism: A Very Short Introduction sets out to dispel the myths that surround atheism and show how a life without religious belief can be positive, meaningful, . Atheism: A Very Short Introduction. Julian Baggini. Abstract. Atheism is often considered to be a negative, dark, and pessimistic belief that is characterized by a. Julian Baggini. ATHEISM. A Very Short Introduction. OXFORD. UNIVERSITY PRESS atheists looking for a systematic defence and explanation of their position.

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Jan 26, Dan rated it liked it. Evil is the focus of the chapter on the history of atheism. The second chapter attempts to dismiss many of the arguments against atheism. Kierkegaard and Evans on the Problem of Abraham.

Atheists would believe what they do due to their firmly established philosophical underpinningswhether or not any religions existed. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable. Access to the complete content on Very Short Introductions online requires a subscription or purchase.

I’ve always found this argument stunningly stupid, because while God might explain the existence of the universe, one is left with the even deep mystery of why god exists.

More frightening to me is the theist belief that we behave ethically in fear of punish in this life or the next. He even dedicates a subsection of the book to ‘Militant Atheism’, which he personally takes distrust to. Baggini provides similar dismissals of ontological and teleological arguments for religion, but at the heart of the chapter is an acknowledgement the greatest conceptual divide between Atheists and theists: The Number of Gods in Philosophy of Religion.


He has also written for newspapers, magazines and academic journals. I can’t say it was a page-turner, but it was very well researched.

Account Options Sign in. Some of it wasn’t exactly the most coherently written, but overall it was very intelligently written often being too intelligently written and philosophy-based for me!

Table shrot contents 1. A Very Short Introduction sets out to dispel shorf myths that surround atheism and show how a life without religious belief can be positive, meaningful, and moral. We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. A very short introduction but it thoroughly covers the subject without neither hasty description nor tedious discussion. Aug 12, Eric Lopez rated it really liked it. We behave well because that’s how we want to be treated.

A balanced and succinct introduction to atheism. I would argue that leading a fulfilling life with a suspension of belief is perhaps greater proof that we need not make bold claims toward such gargantuan topics. Jan 22, David Msomba rated it it was amazing Shelves: We can bwggini lead lives that are equally fulfilling without needing to emphasise on the word “need” plant a flag firmly in either camp. Baggini write this perfectly.

I only give five stars to books where every page is worth reading. Sign in Create an account. But I did take away some useful introvuction, and one of those is that atheism is best described as being pro-naturalist, not introducction as it is often perceived as being.

Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription. Very Short Introductions 1 – 10 of books. Feb 21, Jimmy rated it it untroduction amazing. Bagguni ultimate point of the chapter is that while atheists might not have explanations for everything, they base their conclusion in evidence, and for all examples of emergent explanations for unexplained things, we see natural explanations rather than supernatural ones.


Natural Law Anver M. I thoroughly enjoyed the style of writing. Arguments are concise, yet intriguing. What is atheism 2. This great book by the philosopher Julian Baggini is divided into these chapters: Is it acceptance as true of something you have not yourself experienced? A concise, thoughtful, and, in my view, even-handed defense of bzggini positive, progressive atheism. Great Introduction to Atheism But I thought that I might get a better understanding of how and why an atheist thinks the way that they do.

Concise, simple arguments about atheism’s virtues and the logical fallacies associated with faith. To ask other readers questions about Atheismplease sign up.

Atheism: A Very Short Introduction

Jul 12, Hairuo rated it it was amazing Shelves: Arguments Against Theism in Philosophy of Religion. The Interviews with Jeremy Stangroom. This was a thought provoking book and I enjoy being questioned on my beliefs in such a mature manner.

Shrot admits “I have a strong feeling that my arguments are powerless in the face of a strong desire for or belief in life after death.

I thoroughly enjoyed the style of writing. Oxford University Press Want to Read saving…. Ultimately, I suspect that the book will be of the most use to people like myself, who are already convinced that their atheism is the root of their morality and guides the way they lead their lives. Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. It simply guides me and acts as a placeholder when making a firm decision on big questions seems dhort little premature.