- Series: Great Books in Philosophy
- Paperback: 350 pages
- Publisher: Prometheus Books (June 1, 1986)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0879753234
- ISBN-13: 978-0879753238
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.8 x 8.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,172,481 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Bertrand Russell on God and Religion (Great Books in Philosophy) Paperback – June 1, 1986
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This book consists of twenty-one essays written by Bertrand Russell (1872 to 1970) between 1912 and 1961. They were compiled and edited by Al Seckel, a member of the Bertrand Russell Society and one who has lectured extensively on Russell's life and work. According to Seckel, "the purpose of this collection is to bring together in one...volume some of Russell's most delightful thought-provoking essays on [organized] religion."
Some topics discussed are agnosticism, atheism, rationalism, churches, God, the soul, science, free thought, sin, and faith. He examines these and other topics with "rational skepticism" which is "withholding judgment where the evidence is not sufficient, or, even more so, when there is contrary evidence."
This collection of essays definitely captures the scope and depth of Russell's thinking on religion. His logic and reasoning are impeccable. I now understand why he was called "the world's most famous atheist."
The book is divided into five parts. Here are the titles of my favorite essays taken from each part:
I. (6 essays)
(1) Why I am not a Christian.
(2) The faith of a rationalist. (No supernatural reasons are needed to make humans kind.)
II. (5 essays)
(1) A debate on the existence of God. (Between Russell and a Father of the church.)
III. (2 essays)
(1) Science and religion.
IV. (6 essays)
(1) An outline of intellectual rubbish.
(2) The value of free thought. (How to become a truth-seeker and break the chains of mental slavery.)
(3) Ideas that have harmed mankind (and womankind).
(4) Ideas that have helped mankind (and womankind).
V. (2 essays)
(1) The theologian's nightmare.Read more ›
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I perused Russell's book. It is noteworthy he shies away from including Judaism in his list of religions that are anathema. Read morePublished on June 17, 2013 by GangstaLawya
Bertrand Russell's thoughts upon religion are often very interesting and exciting to read. I particularly enjoyed reading a theologian's nightmare. Read morePublished on May 2, 2008 by Clifford R. Fischer
As a Christian who has studied math and philosophy, I am quite familiar with Bertrand Russell's contributions to logic and philosophy, I am quite impressed with his brilliance. Read morePublished on March 10, 2000 by bibcath