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50 Voices of Disbelief: Why We Are Atheists

Russell BlackfordUdo Schuklenk

50 Voices of Disbelief: Why We Are Atheists

Russell BlackfordUdo Schuklenk

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50 Voices of Disbelief: Why We Are Atheists presents a collection of original essays drawn from an international group of prominent voices in the fields of academia, science, literature, media and politics who offer carefully considered statements of why they are atheists.
  • ^Features a truly international cast of contributors, ranging from public intellectuals such as Peter Singer, Susan Blackmore, and A.C. Grayling, novelists, such as Joe Haldeman, and heavyweight philosophers of religion, including Graham Oppy and Michael Tooley ^
  • ^Contributions range from rigorous philosophical arguments to highly personal, even whimsical, accounts of how each of these notable thinkers have come to reject religion in their lives ^
  • ^Likely to have broad appeal given the current public fascination with religious issues and the reception of such books as The God Delusion and The End of Faith




- Publisher "I am strongly recommending it as a present for anyone who has an interest in atheism/theism from either side of the debate. It's just a great read, from great authors." (Stephen Law Blogspot, October 2009)"It's a very good book, and I recommend it for all of us godless ones - or those who are considering abjuring the divine. It's far more than just a collection of stories about 'How I came to give up God.' Many of the writers describe the philosophical and empirical considerations that led them to atheism. Indeed, the book can be considered a kind of philosophical handbook for atheists." (Why Evolution is True Blog, October 2009)"Wow! A book about atheism and it's not written by Dawkins, Hitchens, Dennett or Harris! So this book is welcome partly because it helps break that knee-jerk reaction. But it's also welcome because many of its contributors advance interesting ideas. There's plenty to choose from. And one advantage of a collection like this is that you can dip into it wherever you want. There is something for everyone. And there is the opportunity to discover new ideas." (Open Parachute, October 2009)"For many who have spent some time involved in any form of engagement in these matters, the names should appear familiar: from the great AC Grayling to the revolutionary Maryam Namazie. Finally, in one book we can hear their stories - if not about themselves, then about the aspects of religion or lack thereof they find most important. If all these contributors were speakers at a convention, it would be sold out many times over." (Butterflies and Wheels, October 2009)"In their excellent collection of essays exploring and defending the philosophical stance of atheism, Russell Blackford and Udo Sch8klenk had an inclusive vision. Contributors to the book range from those with science-fiction backgrounds to modern-day philosophy." (Kirkus Reviews, October 2009)"In more than 50 brief statements organized by Blackford and philosopher Sch8klenk ... contributors share views-their routes toward nonbelief and their feelings about the place of religion in the world ... including James (the Amazing) Randi, a well-known magician and debunker of spurious psychic phenomena. Considering the popularity of Richard Dawkins's The God Delusion, Christopher Hitchens's God Is Not Great, and Sam Harris's The End of Faith, [these] memoirs and observations will be of interest to disbelievers." (Library Journal, October 2009)

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About "50 Voices of Disbelief: Why We Are Atheists"

50 Voices of Disbelief: Why We Are Atheists presents a collection of original essays drawn from an international group of prominent voices in the fields of academia, science, literature, media and politics who offer carefully considered statements of why they are atheists.

  • ^Features a truly international cast of contributors, ranging from public intellectuals such as Peter Singer, Susan Blackmore, and A.C. Grayling, novelists, such as Joe Haldeman, and heavyweight philosophers of religion, including Graham Oppy and Michael Tooley ^
  • ^Contributions range from rigorous philosophical arguments to highly personal, even whimsical, accounts of how each of these notable thinkers have come to reject religion in their lives ^
  • ^Likely to have broad appeal given the current public fascination with religious issues and the reception of such books as The God Delusion and The End of Faith



- Publisher

"I am strongly recommending it as a present for anyone who has an interest in atheism/theism from either side of the debate. It's just a great read, from great authors." (Stephen Law Blogspot, October 2009)"It's a very good book, and I recommend it for all of us godless ones - or those who are considering abjuring the divine. It's far more than just a collection of stories about 'How I came to give up God.' Many of the writers describe the philosophical and empirical considerations that led them to atheism. Indeed, the book can be considered a kind of philosophical handbook for atheists." (Why Evolution is True Blog, October 2009)"Wow! A book about atheism and it's not written by Dawkins, Hitchens, Dennett or Harris! So this book is welcome partly because it helps break that knee-jerk reaction. But it's also welcome because many of its contributors advance interesting ideas. There's plenty to choose from. And one advantage of a collection like this is that you can dip into it wherever you want. There is something for everyone. And there is the opportunity to discover new ideas." (Open Parachute, October 2009)"For many who have spent some time involved in any form of engagement in these matters, the names should appear familiar: from the great AC Grayling to the revolutionary Maryam Namazie. Finally, in one book we can hear their stories - if not about themselves, then about the aspects of religion or lack thereof they find most important. If all these contributors were speakers at a convention, it would be sold out many times over." (Butterflies and Wheels, October 2009)"In their excellent collection of essays exploring and defending the philosophical stance of atheism, Russell Blackford and Udo Sch8klenk had an inclusive vision. Contributors to the book range from those with science-fiction backgrounds to modern-day philosophy." (Kirkus Reviews, October 2009)"In more than 50 brief statements organized by Blackford and philosopher Sch8klenk ... contributors share views-their routes toward nonbelief and their feelings about the place of religion in the world ... including James (the Amazing) Randi, a well-known magician and debunker of spurious psychic phenomena. Considering the popularity of Richard Dawkins's The God Delusion, Christopher Hitchens's God Is Not Great, and Sam Harris's The End of Faith, [these] memoirs and observations will be of interest to disbelievers." (Library Journal, October 2009)
- Publisher

Meet the Authors

Russell Blackford

Russell Blackford is a freelance writer, critic, and editor, based in Melbourne, Australia. He teaches part-time in the School of Philosophy and Bioethics at Monash University, where he specialises mainly in philosophical bioethics and legal/political philosophy. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Evolution and Technology, an on-line peer reviewed journal devoted to rigorous consideration of future prospects for the human species or its possible descendants

Udo Schuklenk

Udo Schklenk (Ph.D., Monash University, Australia) is a German-Australian philosopher. He has written or edited five books and published over one hundred articles in peer reviewed journals and books. His latest books are the co-edited volumes The Power of Pills (2006) and The Bioethics Reader (Blackwell, 2007). He is the Joint Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Bioethics and currently the Ontario Research Chair in Bioethics at Queens University in Canada. His current research focuses on ethical and policy issues in drug research and development.

Table Of Contents

  • Acknowledgments. Introduction: Now More Important Than Ever - Voices Of Reason ( Russell Blackford And Udo Schuklenk ). Unbelievable! ( Russell Blackford ). My "bye Bull" Story ( Margaret Downey ). How Benevolent Is God? - An Argument From Suffering To Atheism ( Nicholas Everitt ). A Deal-breaker ( Ophelia Benson ). Why Am I A Nonbeliever? - I Wonder ... ( J. L. Schellenberg ). Wicked Or Dead? Reflections On The Moral Character And Existential Status Of God ( John Harris ). Religious Belief And Self-deception ( Adele Mercier ). The Coming Of Disbelief ( J. J. C. Smart ). What I Believe ( Graham Oppy ). Too Good To Be True, Too Obscure To Explain: The Cognitive Shortcomings Of Belief In God ( Thomas W. Clark ). How To Think About God: Theism, Atheism, And Science ( Michael Shermer ). A Magician Looks At Religion ( James Randi ). Confessions Of A Kindergarten Leper ( Emma Tom ). Beyond Disbelief ( Philip Kitcher ). An Ambivalent Nonbelief ( Taner Edis ). Why Not? ( Sean M. Carroll ). Godless Cosmology ( Victor J. Stenger ). Unanswered Prayers ( Christine Overall ). Beyond Faith And Opinion ( Damien Broderick ). Could It Be Pretty Obvious There's No God? ( Stephen Law ). Atheist, Obviously ( Julian Baggini ). Why I Am Not A Believer ( A. C. Grayling ). Evil And Me ( Gregory Benford ). Who's Unhappy? ( Lori Lipman Brown ). Reasons To Be Faithless ( Sheila A. M. Mclean ). Three Stages Of Disbelief ( Julian Savulescu ). Born Again, Briefly ( Greg Egan ). Cold Comfort ( Ross Upshur ). The Accidental Exorcist ( Austin Dacey ). Atheist Out Of The Foxhole ( Joe Haldeman ). The Unconditional Love Of Reality ( Dale Mcgowan ). Antinomies ( Jack Dann ). Giving Up Ghosts And Gods ( Susan Blackmore ). Some Thoughts On Why I Am An Atheist ( Tamas Pataki ). No Gods, Please! ( Laura Purdy ). Welcome Me Back To The World Of The Thinking ( Kelly O'connor ). Kicking Religion Goodbye ... ( Peter Adegoke ). On Credenda ( Miguel Kottow ). "not Even Start To Ignore Those Questions!" A Voice Of Disbelief In A Different Key ( Frieder Otto Wolf ). Imagine No Religion ( Edgar Dahl ). Humanism As Religion: An Indian Alternative ( Sumitra Padmanabhan ). Why I Am Not A Theist ( Prabir Ghosh ). When The Hezbollah Came To My School ( Maryam Namazie ). Evolutionary Noise, Not Signal From Above ( Athena Andreadis ). Gods Inside ( Michael R. Rose And John P. Phelan ). Why Morality Doesn't Need Religion ( Peter Singer And Marc Hauser ). Doctor Who And The Legacy Of Rationalism ( Sean Williams ). My Nonreligious Life: A Journey From Superstition To Rationalism ( Peter Tatchell ). Helping People To Think Critically About Their Religious Beliefs ( Michael Tooley ). Human Self-determination, Biomedical Progress, And God ( Udo Schuklenk ). About The Contributors. Index.

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  • Catalogue Code 296343
  • Product Code 9781405190466
  • ISBN 1405190469
  • EAN 9781405190466
  • Pages 356
  • Department Academic
  • Category Apologetic
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher John Wiley Press
  • Publication Date Oct 2009
  • Dimensions 229 x 152 x 19 mm
  • Weight 0.530kg

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