50 Voices of Disbelief: Why We Are Atheists by Russell Blackford

By Russell Blackford

50 Voices of Disbelief: Why we're Atheists presents a suite of unique essays drawn from a global crew of well-liked voices within the fields of academia, technology, literature, media and politics who supply rigorously thought of statements of why they're atheists.

  • Features a very overseas solid of members, starting from public intellectuals comparable to Peter Singer, Susan Blackmore, and A.C. Grayling, novelists, resembling Joe Haldeman, and heavyweight philosophers of faith, together with Graham Oppy and Michael Tooley
  • Contributions variety from rigorous philosophical arguments to hugely own, even whimsical, bills of ways every one of those impressive thinkers have come to reject faith of their lives
  • Likely to have vast attraction given the present public fascination with spiritual concerns and the reception of such books as The God Delusion and The finish of Faith

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You are all being fooled,” he shouted as he pointed his finger at us. The shock of his words hit all of the youths hard – except for me. I smiled and leaned toward him trying to absorb his essence. Wow, finally someone was saying the same things I thought as I forced myself to read Bible passage after Bible passage. Here was someone echoing the very same conclusions I had reached. When this young man asked if there was anyone who would like to break the chains of religion and follow him out of the church to learn more about atheism, I jumped to my feet.

It was more like an organic process: I grew into atheism. The transition was not the product of my discovering a new and powerful objection to theism, nor of my coming to attach greater weight than previously to any argument with which I was already acquainted. It was, rather, one of those intellectual shifts which occur, and which in retrospect seem to have been shifts in the right direction, but which did not occur because the move was in the right direction. Having once become an atheist, I have remained one for the rest of my life, and I have done so in spite of coming across arguments for theism, and theistic replies to atheist arguments, of which I was wholly unaware when I first became an atheist.

But once again, unless we have independent evidence that such a being exists, we should look upon the excuses offered on God’s behalf with open-mouthed incredulity. ) God are convincing, and no truly persuasive argument has ever been advanced for the existence of such a being. If the latter argument ever becomes available, we might then be swayed to accept that this being exists, while lamenting that its full motivation is so opaque to mortal men and women. ) deity looking over us. At least with respect to this portrayal of God, it is most rational to be an atheist.

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