Atheism Explained: From Folly to Philosophy

Atheism Explained From Folly to Philosophy Atheism Explained explores the claims made both for and against the existence of God On the pro side that the wonders of the world can only be explained by an intelligent creator that the universe had

  • Title: Atheism Explained: From Folly to Philosophy
  • Author: David Ramsay Steele
  • ISBN: 9780812696370
  • Page: 197
  • Format: Paperback
  • Atheism Explained explores the claims made both for and against the existence of God On the pro side that the wonders of the world can only be explained by an intelligent creator that the universe had to start somewhere telepathy, out of body experiences, and other paranormal phenomena demonstrate the existence of a spirit world and that those who experience God direcAtheism Explained explores the claims made both for and against the existence of God On the pro side that the wonders of the world can only be explained by an intelligent creator that the universe had to start somewhere telepathy, out of body experiences, and other paranormal phenomena demonstrate the existence of a spirit world and that those who experience God directly provide evidence as real as any physical finding After disputing these arguments through calm, careful criticism, author David Ramsay Steele presents the reasons why God cannot exist monstrous, appalling evils the impossibility of omniscience and the senseless concept that God is a thinking mind without a brain He also explores controversial topics such as Intelligent Design, the power of prayer, religion without God, and whether a belief in God makes people happier and healthier Steele s rational, easy to understand prose helps readers form their own conclusions about this eternally thorny topic.

    One thought on “Atheism Explained: From Folly to Philosophy”

    1. This book was very thorough and well-written. Steele manages to cover most (if not all) of the conceivable arguments for and against the existence of the God of classical theism (the all-knowing, all-powerful Abrahamic God), and he does it without resorting to the viciousness and name-calling that's so typical of Dawkins and Hitchens. My only problem with this book is that it is supposed to be written in a way that lay people would find accessible, yet Steele writes pretty much like every other [...]

    2. The book is oddly named as it is part of the “Explained” series, but it is an okay introductory book to the philosophical arguments for and against theism. Of course, as usual for a book with "atheism" in the title, the emphasis is on the non-existence of an Abrahamic god, but the author does not limit the discussion to that genre of religious thought. Considering the material, this is a relatively lively read. The author refrains from getting too technical, either using mostly terms that a [...]

    3. This is a fantastic book that really fleshes out the arguments made from classical theology and atheist rebuttals. A couple years ago I said that The God Delusion was a book that presented solid arguments and provided strong, objective rhetoric for atheism. I've since changed my views, seeing that particular book as rash and too sure of its philosophical (lol) attempts. This book is different in providing reasoned, balanced arguments. If you're an atheist, this book will give you a good percepti [...]

    4. Meh. There was a reason i got a degree in engineering instead of philosophy. A little too academic for my taste.

    5. This is one of the best introductions to atheism . the book pushes people of what I call "pop atheism" which is the kind of the false norm in peoples conception of atheism whether believers or non-believers. for example Steele deals with such misconceptions as "you can't prove a negative" or the old and outdated Positivist view. Steele is also patient when it comes to arguments for and against the existence of god and is only focused on the point of the book, as a result he doesn't care what thi [...]

    6. I really liked this book. Steele is straight forward, no-nonsense, sometimes witty, but very seldom emotional about his argument against the probability, the possibility, the logical validity of the argument for theistic belief. He mentions this in his forward in fact. Steele's book reads comfortably without much philosophical complexity, but at the same time it is thorough. It brings up reasons why not to believe that any God, godlets, angels etc exist, but mostly it points out the irrational, [...]

    7. More dispassionate than Christopher Hitchens' God is Not Great, but perhaps the better for that. Steele calmly and dispassionately addresses and demolishes all the major arguments against atheism regularly trotted out by believers. Probably a little too overly detailed for my liking, but I appreciate that he's doing a thorough job; I skipped over the boring parts where I didn't feel the need to explore every argument in detail.

    8. Terrible title and cover art disguises excellent book. Rather than explaining atheism this book takes apart religious appologetics' arguments. I learned some new ideas in a field that is getting quite repetitive

    9. This book, while intelligent and coherent, suffers from being too thorough. For me, it seems to ramble on incessantly about philosophical unnecessary minutiae.

    10. I loved this book even though I disagreed with a couple of the author's points. A thorough review is forthcoming.

    11. Interesting. It presented arguments for and against traditional religion. Nice to get viewpoints from both sides.

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *