Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.

Qty:1
  • List Price: $199.99
  • Save: $93.62 (47%)
Only 1 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
The New Encyclopedia of U... has been added to your Cart
+ $3.99 shipping
Used: Good | Details
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. 100% Money Back Guarantee. Shipped to over one million happy customers. Your purchase benefits world literacy!
Sell yours for a Gift Card
We'll buy it for $2.25
Learn More
Trade in now
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

The New Encyclopedia of Unbelief Hardcover – April 30, 2007

4.4 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Price
New from Used from
Hardcover
"Please retry"
$106.37
$98.62 $66.05

God: The Most Unpleasant Character in All Fiction by Dan Barker
"God" by Dan Barker
Explore one of the featured new releases by Dan Barker. Learn more | See related books
$106.37 FREE Shipping. Only 1 left in stock (more on the way). Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.


Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Tom Flynn (Amherst, NY) is the editor of Free Inquiry magazine, director of the Robert Green Ingersoll Birthplace Museum, founder of the Council for Secular Humanism’s First Amendment Task Force, and the author of The Trouble with Christmas, Galactic Rapture, and Nothing Sacred.
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Image
Looking for the Audiobook Edition?
Tell us that you'd like this title to be produced as an audiobook, and we'll alert our colleagues at Audible.com. If you are the author or rights holder, let Audible help you produce the audiobook: Learn more at ACX.com.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 897 pages
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books; y First printing edition (October 25, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591023912
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591023913
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 2 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,240,884 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

5 star
71%
4 star
0%
3 star
29%
2 star
0%
1 star
0%
See all 7 customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Hardcover
This book will prove highly useful to serious students and researchers as well as just those who want to learn more about the history of freethought. Omitted from the more critical reviews here on Amazon is the very important fact that each entry in this work is accompanied by an informed and very useful bibliography ie. other sources to pursue. While the one or two critics here have some useful points, no single-volume work can ever hope to be either comprehensive or exhaustive, nor does this volume claim to be.

However, while intellectual honesty requires that I disclose my own contribution to this book in the form of the entry on Thomas Paine, it is equally important to add that in close to 25 years of research, public history, and writing in the field of freethought history, democratic reform, and (yes) that most glorious agitator, Tom Paine, I know of no single work on its subject that even approaches THE NEW ENCYCLOPEDIA OF UNBELIEF for usefulness and scholarly integrity.

Yes, I have a copy at ready hand on the shelf and yes, I use it. And no, I did not, nor will I ever, receive so much as a penny for my contribution to it or for this review. With best wishes to you all.
Comment 15 of 15 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
At minimum, an encyclopedia should: (1) convey accurate information; and (2) be written by contributors who are authorities in their fields. On these two scores, this encyclopedia succeeds. But I must confess my ambivalence for this volume. There is a great deal missing here that ought not to be, and there is a good deal of material included that is of questionable value. For example, somehow an "Encyclopedia of Unbelief" has managed to miss completely the great British poet, Phillip Larkin, and yet manages to give a full entry to Steve Allen, a mediocre American entertainer who happened to be an atheist. Also, Ayn Rand merits an entry (and rightly so), but she was surely not a novelist of the literary caliber of George Eliot. And yet Eliot fails to win an entry of her own (she is mentioned, briefly, in the article on British Literature and Unbelief). Likewise, Emily Dickinson gets only the briefest mention in the "American Literature and Unbelief" article, but receives no in-depth treatment. I'm sorry, but George Eliot and Emily Dickinson deserve far more space in such an encyclopedia than Steve Allen.

In terms of energy and entertainment value, the editor also made what I would regard as some fatal decisions. He decided not to include stand-alone entries concerning still-living non-believers, and he decided not to include internet references or contemporary atheist groups. This constitutes just pure timidity and laziness on his part. The effect of this is to give the volume the feeling of having been written in the 1980s, and not the 21st century. It thus gives off a dusty, historical, and non-contemporary feel.
Read more ›
9 Comments 55 of 65 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover
As a contributor (article: Life, Origins of, and Unbelief) I may be biased, but I find this densely packed volume a surprisingly rich resource on topics as diverse as history, literature, science, biography, and even theology. Browsing through this volume, I have discovered among many other things an African-American literature going back to the 1770s, a witty and critical evaluation of David Hume (which I think David Hume himself would have enjoyed), a meticulously evenhanded account of ways in which believers can handle the problem of evil, a history of secular Judaism, and an analysis of the ever-popular myth of "deathbed conversion" that attaches itself to prominent unbelievers.

I am in two minds about the decision not to give direct references to web sites (although some are mentioned in the text). Such references may be convenient, but the resources referred to may disappear, or, worse, deteriorate in quality, and the articles themselves are of course a rich source of search terms.

At its current price, this impressively produced volume is probably beyond the reach of most readers, but would be a valuable addition to any library, and I look forward to the appearance of a paperback edition directed at the individual purchaser.
1 Comment 10 of 11 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover
The encyclopedia should appeal to any reader who seeks a lucid, authoritative, and comprehensive guide to the history, past and present, of unbelief. The book constitutes a treasure trove of engaging articles on such diverse topics as atheism, agnosticism, biblical criticism, blasphemy, the historicity of Jesus, Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Darwinism, intelligent design, ethics, women's suffrage,immortality, the origin of life, the origin of the universe, the demographics of unbelief, speaking in tongues, resurrection, prayer, nihilism, stoicism. Included, too, are numerous entries on notable unbelievers in a wide range of disciplines: philosophy, physics, cosmology, biology, psychology, journalism, theology, history, belles lettres. One can read about unbelief in Aristotle, Lucretius, Epicurus, Freud, Nietzsche, David Hume, Galileo, Edward Gibbon, Clarence Darrow, Shakespeare, Mark Twain, and such women freethinkers as Mary Wollstonecraft, Ernestine L. Rose, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Emma Goldman, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Anne Hutchinson, and Madalyn Murray O'Hair.

Having written a few entries on literary figures for the new encyclopedia, I may be vulnerable to the charge of biased reviewing. I, of course, don't see it that way. Having read books on unbelief for a half century, I think I can separate the wheat from the chaff.
Comment 3 of 3 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more
The New Encyclopedia of Unbelief
This item: The New Encyclopedia of Unbelief
Price: $106.37
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com
Want to discover more products? Check out this page to see more: agnostic pantheist