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"The book is very interesting and is especially distinctive in that it includes very recent essays about the improbability of God. The book includes many of the most significant philosophers who have recently published articles or books on the improbability of God's existence.... This makes the book stand out from the majority of books on the philosophy of religion or atheism, which tend to contain in large part the well-known essays by prominent figures in the history of philosophy or often reprinted articles originally published prior to the 1990s....This book is necessary reading for any philosopher who wishes to keep abreast of the most recent developments in the philosophy of religion and atheism."
Quentin Smith, Professor of Philosophy
Western Michigan University

About the Author

Michael Martin is professor emeritus of philosophy at Boston University and author of numerous books, including Atheism: A Philosophical Justification; Atheism, Morality, and Meaning; and The Big Domino in the Sky and Other Atheistic Tales.
Ricki Monnier (Ph.D. in mathematical logic) is director of The Disproof Atheism Society.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books; First Edition (1st printing) edition (February 6, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591023815
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591023814
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 1 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,494,963 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By George Ricker on June 16, 2006
Format: Hardcover
With "The Improbability of God," editors Michael Martin and Ricki Monnier have created a new anthology that----along with their previous collection, "The Impossibility of God"----is a worthwhile addition to the library of anyone seriously interested in the subject matter.

These volumes aren't typical summer reading fare and aren't likely to find their way into the bag of anyone headed to the beach for an afternoon of sun and fun. However, they are well organized and include contributions from a distinguished group of authors. And though some of the discussion requires a bit of heavy lifting from the reader, the clarity of the presentation makes it accessible and useful to the novice as well as the academic.

Any who take an interest in the various iterations of the god hypothesis, especially the "God" of conventional theism, will find these anthologies rewarding.

I highly recommend them.
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This is, indeed, an excellent collection of papers each of which presents

some interesting arguments against the claim that God existense is highly


Many of these papers are papers that have been published in philosophical

journals, such as Philo, Nous, American Philosophical Quarterly, and

others, and they are not one's everyday casual reading. They are,

nevertheless, accesible to non-philosophers too.

I found the "The evidential Arguments from Evil" (by W.Rowe, in Part 4)

and the "Indirect Inductive Argument from Evil" (by M.Martin, in Part 4)

the most interesting, but the rest are good too. For example, many

scientific-minded readers would appreciate, and enjoy, the series of

5 papers by Q. Smith in Part 1 on Bing-Bang Cosmology, and how Hawking's

Theories could be used to preclude the existence of a creator of the

universe. Quite useful is also the "Reply to Plantiga" (by W. Rowe, in

Part 4), since Plantiga is one of the biggest proponets of theism today.

This anthology is a small treasure for serious atheists (debaters,

writers, etc), not only because of the quality of the arguments

presented in the papers, but also for the practical reason that those

arguments are all collected in one book which makes their access easier

and faster.

Congrats to the authors, great work.

Michael Aristidou

Assist. Professor, Mathematics

Renton, WA
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The chapters on Big Bang Cosmology where excellent. They were however written around 15 years ago and it would be interesting to see how the authors would formulate their arguments in light of the increased understanding of quantum mechanics over the past few years. The authors often focus specifically on the theistic arguments presented by Professor William Lane Craig.

It can be a bit heavy going at times but overall it is very good.

I should mentioned that I preferred The Cambridge Companion to Atheism (Cambridge Companions to Philosophy) (which I would give 6/5 stars if I could).
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