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An exemplary text on atheism,
This review is from: Arguing for Atheism: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion (Paperback)
In his book "Arguing for Atheism", Le Poidevin has accomplished what few authors have succeeded in; he has written a powerful but thoroughly respectful criticism of theology. This is far and away the finest book I have ever read on atheism. Le Poidevin introduces each theistic argument as fairly and thoroughly as possible, often overlooking inconsequential flaws, and even offering modified arguments that overcome such flaws. He then proceeds to examine each argument in depth, exposing both valid points and flaws. As the title of the book suggests, however, precious few theistic arguments are found to withstand scrutiny.
What sets this book apart from other books that critically examine theology is that Le Poidevin clearly has no interest in securing cheap victories over ill-conceived apologetics; rather, his aim is to examine the most cogent theistic arguments that can be constructed, even if he must lend a hand in bolstering them, which he does with humility and earnestness.
This book is a model of how apologetics and its criticism ought to be conducted. I wish more authors on both sides of the debate would follow his lead. This is the book I most wish that religionists would read and atheists would emulate, both for its penetrating criticism and for its exemplary tone.
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Initial post: Jan 11, 2011 5:04:04 PM PST
Mark D. Thomas says:
Thanks for all of your reviews and recommendations! I just purchased: The Blackwell Guide to Philosophical Logic, An Introduction to Philosophical Logic (Grayling), A Rulebook for Arguments (Weston), A Companion to Epistemology (Dancy), Epistemology (Feldmen), Philosophy of Mind: A beginner's guide (Ravenscroft) and Faith and Rationality (Plantinga). You were my inspiration. I admire you. Last night I read all of your reviews and added many of the books to my wishlist. (I also appreciated your fun ideas on what to use your voice recorder for.)
Question. Do you think it is necessary to have your kind of mathematical understanding to be be able to appreciate and refute different arguments in Philosophy? Do you think one would also need to study up on the Philosophy of Language? What are your top 10 favorite philosophy books? Have you studied Epistemology much? If you had a son and wanted to mold him into a philosopher, what prerequisites would you say were necessary for his development? I would e-mail this stuff but didn't see an email for you. Mine is: firstname.lastname@example.org
PS I hope you can refute that arizonia atheist guy, I wrote a long rebuttle to his Moral argument but it didn't go thru due to some technical error.
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