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Voices of Unbelief: Documents from Atheists and Agnostics (Voices of an Era) Hardcover

ISBN-13: 978-1598849783 ISBN-10: 1598849786 Edition: annotated edition

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Product Details

  • Series: Voices of an Era
  • Hardcover: 278 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwood; annotated edition edition (September 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598849786
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598849783
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 8.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,006,434 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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• Presents annotated documents by atheists and agnostics across 3,000 years and four continents

• Brings suppressed medieval voices into the conversation

• Widens the cultural scope beyond Europe and America by including documents from nonbelievers in China, India, Africa, and the Arab world

• Offers an accessible approach that will appeal to general readers as well as high school and university students



• Documents include book and diary excerpts, letters, blogs, and video and radio scripts, bringing historical settings and individual lives into focus

• A chronology helps place the writings and writers in history and in relation to each other



"Written for an advanced high school or introductory college course, this encyclopedia is a welcome primer on the subject. . . . McGowan allows the documents in this reference work to speak for themselves (no pun intended). High school and academic libraries with a focus on religious studies will want to add this invaluable resource to their collections."

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"McGowan, a noted humanist scholar, has succeeded admirably in packaging a reader on this controversial topic for high school and college students."

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"Strengths of this text are the many resources that will help readers engage with and understand the material, and the array of perspectives from different eras, regions, cultures, and social groups. Overall, a helpful primer on the many different perspectives on a complex subject."

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Book Description

Unbelief is manifest in the denials of 15th-century atheists caught in the net of the Inquisition and in the letters of an 18th-century priest revealing doubts to his parishioners. It is found in writings from China, India, and the Arab world and in the doctrine of early feminists. Unbelief is controversial, thought provoking, and a most interesting window into the past—and present.


More About the Author

Author, editor, and Harvard Humanist of the Year Dale McGowan teaches nonreligious parenting workshops across the U.S. and serves as executive director of Foundation Beyond Belief, a non-profit putting compassionate humanism to work for a better world. His books PARENTING BEYOND BELIEF and RAISING FREETHINKERS are the first comprehensive resources for nontheistic parents.

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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By amw on November 9, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Voices of Unbelief is conceived of (and priced as) a reference book, and it should be in libraries everywhere. With its table of contents chock full of nontheistic and antitheistic writing from ancient times to the present day, it also belongs on the departmental resource shelves of humanities, religious studies, science, and philosophy departments of universities and colleges.

Editor Dale McGowan provides notes, comment, and context to walk the reader through each selection, and he includes everything from canonical philosophers to best-selling writers to comedians. It is a unique resource that will be valued by anyone seeking honest and comprehensive discourse on the "great divide" between belief and unbelief.
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6 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Jake on December 6, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Reviewing the contents, you will see that most of this is available for free on the web. A 100 Bucks for it seems way out of line, considering the market. Libraries could lay out their hard earned tax dollars for far better materials, in quantity and quality.
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