By Russell Blackford
Tackling a bunch of myths and prejudices normally leveled at atheism, this beautiful quantity bursts with gleaming, eloquent arguments on each web page. The authors rebut claims that diversity from atheism being simply one other faith to the alleged atrocities devoted in its name.
- An obtainable but scholarly observation on hot-button concerns within the debate over spiritual belief
- Teaches severe considering abilities via certain, rational argument
- Objectively considers each one fantasy on its merits
- Includes a heritage of atheism and its advocates, an appendix detailing atheist organisations, and an intensive bibliography
- Explains the diversities among atheism and comparable recommendations resembling agnosticism and naturalism
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For instance, there is a myth that atheists have no moral core: that we are all wreckers, egoists, or the worst kind of nihilists. There are also myths claiming that atheists are more prone to commit all sorts of heinous crimes. Well stirred in the pot, these two myths give birth to the myth that atheists have no moral core and are, for that reason, more likely to end up committing crimes. As an example, consider the following quote from a sociological survey. One of the study participants went on the record as follows: “I would say…the prisons aren't filled with conservative Republican Christians.
Generally, we are peaceful people, and most of us are painfully aware of our own epistemic limitations. Myth 5 Atheists Hate or are Angry with God This common myth appears in a news story by Miles Godfrey, covering a number of attacks on atheism by church leaders in Australia. ” He then elaborates his views in even stronger terms: atheism, he says: represents the latest version of the human assault on God, born out of resentment that we do not in fact rule the world and that God calls on us to submit our lives to him….
Unfortunately, we appear not to be living in that world either. Thus there is a religious cottage industry devoted to explaining (away) the evil that exists in our world despite the presence of a benevolent God, who supposedly created it. Theologians call this the theodicy problem (often referred to as the Problem of Evil). How can it be that there is so much evil existing in a world they believe has been created by an all-powerful, all-knowing, and benevolent deity? The obvious answer is that there simply is no such deity.
50 Great Myths About Atheism by Russell Blackford