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Atheism Explained: From Folly to Philosophy (Ideas Explained) Paperback – January 15, 2008
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Victor J. Stenger, author of God: The Failed Hypothesis
"Atheism Explained is a gem. It is clear, informative, well-argued, provocative, often witty, and unfailingly interesting. David Ramsay Steele ranges over so many issues that I should be surprised if he were right about everything, but it makes for a most stimulating read. The book is in a different league from Richard Dawkins's The God Delusion, and deserves much greater success."
Jeremy Shearmur, author of The Political Thought of Karl Popper
"A refreshingly readable introduction to the arguments for and against believing in God, and the implications atheism hasand more importantly does not havefor politics, morality, and even religion itself."
Susan Blackmore, author of Conversations on Consciousness
"Steele explains atheism with scholarship, cogency, wit, and clarity. He aims at the nonacademic reader, but no professional philosopher I know of could fail to be impressed."
Jan Narveson, author of This Is Ethical Theory
"Atheism Explained is a much better defense of atheism than the recent works by Dawkins and Hitchens."
James Sadowsky, S.J., Professor of Philosophy, Fordham University
"Steele defends atheism by a comprehensive analysis of attempts to prove and disprove the existence of God. If you want to refute atheism, then you need to reply to Atheism Explained. It may well become the classic work on the subject. It is as readable as it is rigorous."
J.C. Lester, author of Escape from Leviathan
David Ramsay Steele is author of From Marx to Mises (1992), co-author (with Michael Edelstein)of Three Minute Therapy (1997), and editor of Genius: In Their Own Words (2002). His articles have appeared in Critical Review, Liberty, National Review, and Ethics. He contributed to The Atkins Diet and Philosophy (2005) and The New Encyclopedia of Unbelief (2007).
Top Customer Reviews
One of the best contributions the book makes is in an appendix about arguments NOT to use for atheism. Every atheist who feels compelled to convert the religious to atheism should read it. I think reducing the toxic effects of fundamentalism is a noble, necessary aim. But sinking to the tactics that fundamentalists use should play no part in our strategy to combat fanaticism. This appendix outlines "arguments" that toe that line and cautions against their use.
He covers all the arguments, and the most committed believer would have to agree that he does so with complete fairness. His exposition is crystal clear: he makes the most complex issues easy to understand. The book is so fair-minded and such an easy read that a beginning Christian theology student could read it in a weekend, simply to get a quick outline of philosophy of religion. Steele is also quite critical of some ideas commonly held by atheists: for example he refutes the claim that belief in God leads to atrocities.
Although the author is often witty and ironic, he is sympathetic and without malice. The reader feels that if Steele could find a decent argument for the existence of God, he would gladly accept it, and he actually mentions one such argument that might be developed in the future. Meanwhile, he destroys all the standard arguments quite convincingly. The author is extremely polite, but without mercy when it comes to muddled thinking.Read more ›
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If you're an atheist or question your faith.. This is a MUST read. And I read a LOT. It is the most objective, analytic philosopher's look at exactly what the title would imply.Published 10 months ago by B. Jett
One of the greatest disservices that "New Atheists" like Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins, and Sam Harris have done to atheism (as it is perceived by popular... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Isaac Rounseville
My thoughts after the first five chapters...
The book is well laid out by topics. Read more
I liked the book until I noticed that got a little bit repetitive. The informantions are interesting but I got outworn on reading it ahd I didn't finish it.Published on June 16, 2014 by CamilaBrazil
This book is a kind of all included tour de force inside the hot topic of atheism. What David Ramsay offers here is an explanation for every single facet of atheism and a brief... Read morePublished on March 18, 2014 by Odysseus at home
There are few men today who have waded entirely through Darwin's Origin of Species because it belabors every point to the exhaustion of the reader. Read morePublished on December 7, 2013 by Sherry1946
The book is well and clear written, covering most main topics and a number of subsidiary ones. It is aimed, explicitly, at non-specialists: some treatments are too superficial... Read morePublished on July 25, 2013 by gilbert Fulmer
I love when books explain things that I have questions to as I begin to wonder about them. As I read this book, I'd want to know something a bit further about what he was talking... Read morePublished on January 12, 2013 by D. Brown
This book covers the case for atheism by examining major arguments for and against the existence of God. Read morePublished on May 19, 2012 by Book Fanatic