By Russell Blackford
50 Voices of Disbelief: Why we're Atheists presents a set of unique essays drawn from a world staff of well known voices within the fields of academia, technology, literature, media and politics who supply conscientiously thought of statements of why they're atheists.
- Features a really foreign forged of individuals, starting from public intellectuals corresponding to Peter Singer, Susan Blackmore, and A.C. Grayling, novelists, equivalent to Joe Haldeman, and heavyweight philosophers of faith, together with Graham Oppy and Michael Tooley
- Contributions diversity from rigorous philosophical arguments to hugely own, even whimsical, bills of ways every one of those amazing thinkers have come to reject faith of their lives
- Likely to have extensive charm given the present public fascination with spiritual matters and the reception of such books as The God Delusion and The finish of Faith
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III. Title: 50 voices of disbelief. 8–dc22 2009007108 Acknowledgments The editors would like to thank the following people for their assistance and support: Meryem Benkirane, Jenny Blackford, Stephanie Tran, and the staff of Wiley-Blackwell, who made the project possible and responded kindly and efficiently to the needs of two editors in far-flung places. Introduction: Now More Important than Ever – Voices of Reason Russell Blackford and Udo Schüklenk Why did we come together to edit a volume of humanist thought?
The world never had any difficulty inspiring wonder in me. But as a boy and as a teenager and right into early adulthood, I felt a sense of wonder filtered through belief in God. It was the majesty and glory of God I heard in the keening winter wind, and saw in sunlight spreading across waves of prairie grass after a thunderstorm. Having believed in Christ since I lay in my crib, listening to my God-intoxicated father singing me songs he wrote about Jesus, I tended for some time to organize my religious experiences Christianly.
He was bold and determined to make a statement as he interrupted the youth leader’s story about Jesus. This unknown man said that he was there to tell everyone that religion is false and that the story of Jesus is just a myth. “There is no God,” he proclaimed. “You are all being fooled,” he shouted as he pointed his finger at us. The shock of his words hit all of the youths hard – except for me. I smiled and leaned toward him trying to absorb his essence. Wow, finally someone was saying the same things I thought as I forced myself to read Bible passage after Bible passage.
50 Voices of Disbelief. Why We Are Atheists by Russell Blackford