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  • Series: Oberon Masters Series
  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Oberon Books (April 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840027282
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840027280
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 5.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,215,922 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A C Grayling is a Professor of Philosophy at Birkbeck College, University of London, a Supernumary Fellow of St Anne's College, Oxford, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. The author of numerous, a regular contributor to the press and a frequent broadcaster, he is the co-author with Mick Gordon of the play On Religion, also published by Oberon Books.

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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Niklas Anderberg on August 6, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I know it's not customary but since these are two very short books on the same subject, I take the liberty of reviewing them together. Written by two nonbelievers, it's striking how differently they perceive matters. It starts off with definitions. In `Atheism, A Short Introduction', Julian Baggini says it's easy to define what `atheism' means: it's the belief that there is no God. Here he straight away brings a hornet's nest about his ears. As some reviewers of his book have pointed out, there is a difference between `not to believe' and `to believe that not'. By defining it as a belief, he gives credence to the often-heard remark that atheism is a religion too. Many atheists stress that the actual meaning of the word is `absence of belief in God'. This is called `negative atheism' in contrast to `positive' atheism. When Baggini talks of positive atheism, he rather means that it's something generally worthwhile. I'm sure Baggini is aware of this but I think the distinction is crucial, even in an introduction.
Grayling thinks that nonbelievers shouldn't call themselves atheists at all, since the term invites debate on the turf of the believers. He prefers the term `naturalists'. As opposed to `super-naturalists'. Smart move, I suppose. But I know quite a few atheists who are rather proud to come out and call themselves so.
Neither Grayling nor Baggini, by the way, mentions the (not so) clever invention of the term `Brights' (Dennet et al.). Whatever happened to THEM? I mean, I'm sure they exist and hold meetings and so on but it doesn't seem to have been such a succesful `meme'.

Where Baggini talks about militant and fundamentalist atheism, Grayling convinces us there cannot be such a thing.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By GeooeG on September 7, 2012
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The book is composed of several short essays on topics related to atheism. The content/opinions have been offered up in other books, articles and lectures. The topics include discussions on "Why do we give respect to religions?", "Does the word fundamentalist apply to Atheism?", etc.
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By Sharon Robideaux on July 10, 2014
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Graying writes so beautifully that it seems wrong to call his essays "polemics." My only complaint is that the book is too short.
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14 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Skeptical Scientist on February 1, 2009
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This short volume is a powerful antidote to religious propaganda. All who would like a better world should read.
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