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By George H. Smith

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 offers a whole research of Ayn Rand's targeted contribution to atheism, explaining how her objectivist metaphysics and laissez-faire monetary ideas rested on a in simple terms godless worldview. a number of chapters tackle the evolution of atheism; arguments in desire 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 through the deists of the 18th and nineteenth centuries.

With incisive common sense and substantial 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 can be via 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 right way to debate atheism with spiritual believers; evaluations "new religions," together with pop treatment, est, and tranactional research; and gives a finished bibliographic essay at the literature of freethought.

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