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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (December 22, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415301068
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415301060
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,117,204 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Aimed primarily at advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students in philosophy ... The Existence of God, though, is welcome confirmation that philosophical sophistication is not incompatible with clarity and sheer, bracing good sense.' - New Humanist

'This is a fine discussion of some of the central problems in the philosophy of religion ... a very considerable achievement, which clearly and provocatively gives new life to some ancient issues.' - Ars Disputandi


'A brilliant analysis of the arguments for and against the existence of God. Although written primarily as a textbook, the clarity of exposition makes it ideal as a primer for any reader who really wants to get to grips with the issues.' - The Scientific and Medical Network


'The Non-Existence of God, though, is welcome confirmation that philosophical sophistication is not incompatible with clarity and sheer, bracing good sense.' - New Humanist


' ... this is a lively and thought-provoking book which genuinely brings fresh insights.' - Theology


' ... provides a comprehensive overview of most strands in what has become a complex debate. Issues of epistemology are covered sensibly and the main theistic arguments are criticised probingly. This makes it a useful introductory text for students or the (dedicated) layperson.' - The Philosophers' Magazine

About the Author

Nicholas Everitt is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of East Anglia, UK. He is the co-author of Modern Epistemology (1995).

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73 of 79 people found the following review helpful By Yonatan Fishman on June 16, 2004
Format: Paperback
One of the most balanced and sophisticated evaluations of theistic arguments I have encountered. The author considers contemporary versions of arguments for the existence of God and demonstrates them to be deeply flawed. The author makes the case that the existence of the tri-omni God has empirically verifiable consequences and that taken together, absence of evidence for God's existence and evidence of God's absence render God's existence highly improbable. Everitt further demonstrates that many of God's traditional attributes (e.g., omniscience, omnipotence, omnipresence, omnibenevolence) when considered in conjunction, show God's existence to be self-contradictory and hence that God's existence is not only improbable (given evidential considerations), but is impossible (given logical considerations).
Everitt sets up no straw men. He fairly presents what are generally considered to be among the best contemporary theistic arguments available and systematically dismantles them. Throughout he also considers possible theistic rebuttals to atheistic critiques and exposes their impotence. This well-written and carefully argued book is highly recommended to both theists, who wish to challenge their faith by the fire of reason and to non-believers, who will gain greater sophistication in their arguments for the non-existence of God.
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51 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Timothy McGrew on January 31, 2008
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First, the good news: Everitt's book is clearly written and well organized. He has read a fair amount of the relevant literature, and in his suggested readings at the end of each chapter he is quite evenhanded, recommending books by authors like Richard Swinburne and Stephen T. Davis, with whom he disagrees deeply, as well as books by his fellow unbelievers.

Now the not so good news: Everitt's treatment of the arguments for the existence of God is not particularly sophisticated, and in places he fails to engage with some of the most important recent work. This comes out very clearly in chapter 6, where he discusses arguments to and from miracles. He mentions neither David Johnson's work Hume, Holism, and Miracles (Cornell Studies in the Philosophy of Religion) nor Robert Fogelin's A Defense of Hume on Miracles (Princeton Monographs in Philosophy). He mentions but fails to engage with John Earman's book Hume's Abject Failure: The Argument Against Miracles, a significant omission since Earman's work is inter alia a sustained and sophisticated critique of the conclusion Everitt takes Hume to have established -- that even in the most favorable circumstances possible, it would not be rational to believe that a miracle has occurred. (Everitt, p.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Skeptical Reader on March 19, 2011
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Of the many books that I have read arguing both for and against the existence of God, this is definitely the very best in the "against" category. I have been an atheist for many years, so the author did not have to convince me. I found his treatment of the topic to be extremely well organized, lucid, and both comprehensive and concise. I decided to read the book because it had been chosen as one of the top atheist books of the year, and I quickly understood why it was. Don't be fooled by the theist reviewers who post low scores on books like this - typically, they often haven't even actually read it, or if they have, they didn't understand it because they have religious blinders on. In any case, this is definitely worth reading even if you have read other atheist books, if nothing else because the author introduces a new argument against God's existence, the "Argument from Scale." The only other atheist book that comes close to this one, in my opinion, is Michael Martin's Atheism: A Philosophical Justification.
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11 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 20, 2008
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This book can be analyzed from various points. Previous reviews have had the philosophical approach that I am not enough prepared to discuss. What I can give is a "educated" opinion, although not trained one in the subject.
I like the book. It was easy to read nevertheless the complex and some time hard to follow arguments. According to others reviews the book has not all the "right" arguments or the more accepted. I can't judge that But I can say that It is a open minder book. It present many of the arguments/propositions/"proves" in a general and clear view that can help to many people to see or at least to "think" in the subject in a most rational and logical way.

It is true that is open to reader accept some of the argument although the intention of the book was in many, if not all the cases, to prove the failure in the argument pro-god. The point is that Everitt does it without critics, in a fair way, and probably in an easy way to understand for many people in most part of the book.

Definitely this book is not for fanatics, but It can be for a religious person with an open mind.
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