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Preview — Atheism by Julian Baggini. Atheism is often considered to be a negative, dark, and pessimistic belief which is characterised by a rejection of values and purpose and a fierce opposition to religion. Atheism: A Very Short Introduction sets out to dispel the myths that surround atheism and show how a life without religious belief can be positive, meaningful, and moral.

It also confronts the failure of Atheism is often considered to be a negative, dark, and pessimistic belief which is characterised by a rejection of values and purpose and a fierce opposition to religion. It also confronts the failure of officially atheist states in the Twentieth Century. The book presents an intellectual case for atheism that rests as much upon positive arguments for its truth as on negative arguments against religion.

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Another six chickens this week. And, I had lustful thoughts. I looked at internet fox porn. You know I have an iPad, and that stuff is only three clicks away. Mr Fox : I did, father. Priest: Now brother fox, is that not why the good God put Sainsburys and Asda and Tesco right here on this earth?

Mr Fox : Fox ache, father. You know that chickens have souls as well as foxes. God loves the chickens. Mr Fox : I bet he loves them better sauteed in butter and garnished with parsley. Priest: About nine. Mr Fox : Twenty Hail Maries? The company at that time had about employees. Say my name. Say it. Consider — what is faith? Is it acceptance as true of something you have not yourself experienced? I have never seen anyone jump to their death. But that all might be lies, just like the stuff about the moon landings in Anyway, JB has briskly dealt with my mealymouthed agnostic self-identification.

Quack quack. View all 28 comments. Jun 02, Ahmad Sharabiani rated it really liked it Shelves: philosophy , 21th-century , non-fiction , religion , science , historical , theology.

Atheism: A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions 99 , Julian Baggini Atheism is often considered to be a negative, dark, and pessimistic belief which is characterised by a rejection of values and purpose and a fierce opposition to religion. It also confronts the failure of officially atheist states in the Twentieth Atheism: A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions 99 , Julian Baggini Atheism is often considered to be a negative, dark, and pessimistic belief which is characterised by a rejection of values and purpose and a fierce opposition to religion.

He even dedicates a subsection of the book to 'Militant Atheism', which he personally takes distrust to. The reason I appreciate this particular aspect of Atheism: A Very Short Introduction, is mainly because the stance seems to be headed by some pretty dogmatic individuals as of late. As such, my idea of the 'New Atheist' movement has been shaky to say the least.

Despite not naming names like I just did, Baggini critiques this militancy regardless. Opting out of the 'religious believers are brain damaged' argument, he takes his role seriously in introducing individuals to the idea of Atheism and the arguments it presents. He delves a little into the history of atheism, but mainly chooses to stick to speaking on arguments that have been put forth for the belief in a godless universe. As such this or so page introduction manages to be quite an informative read.

My only criticsm as someone who generally identifies as Agnostic is Bagginis dismissal of the stance. He puts forward an argument that follows: "We tend to think that the mere introduction of grounds for doubt is enough to warrant the suspension of our beliefs. If you cant be sure, don't have an opinion. But this maxim cannot be followed. We cannot be sure of anything, save perhaps for the fact of our own existence. So if we are not justified in believing anything we are not sure of, we would have to suspend belief about everything.

For me, I simply choose to suspend my belief in perhaps one of the biggest questions the human species has put forward. In my opinion it is entirely possible to isolate your agnosticism to just this topic. The proof? The fact that here I am, a fully functioning Agnostic conducting myself as any other person would. My ability to still carry myself independently on a daily basis is proof against this claim. If I had to suspend belief about everything because of my suspension of belief regarding God, then I would be a blithering idiot wandering my room unable to make the most simple decisions, or bring myself to conclusions regarding my most basic beliefs.

I find the modest approach the most sensible in most cases including this topic. However, that doesn't make me indecisive on everything.

It simply guides me and acts as a placeholder when making a firm decision on big questions seems a little premature. Baggini mentions that the existence of Atheists out in the world that have lead fulfilling lives is a good example of there being no need for God to make all "this" worth living for.

I would argue that leading a fulfilling life with a suspension of belief is perhaps greater proof that we need not make bold claims toward such gargantuan topics. We can still lead lives that are equally fulfilling without needing to emphasise on the word "need" plant a flag firmly in either camp. Having said this, I am young and still very much behind in my understanding of this subject.

So I look forward to continuing my journey in understanding this topic, seeing as with each book I read on the subject, more questions are raised in my head upon completion, than before I started said text. View all 3 comments. Jul 31, Riikka rated it it was amazing.

I highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in atheism and the logic and rational thinking that goes with it. I only give five stars to books where every page is worth reading. This is definitely one of those books. Jan 19, Halden rated it really liked it Shelves: nonfiction. The strongest point for this book is its emphasis on the positive aspects of atheism rather than spiralling into an anti-religious diatribe. Atheism is not a faith position because it is belief in nothing beyond which there is evidence and argument for; religious belief is a faith position because it goes beyond what there is evidence or argument for.

Atheism: A very short introduction Julian Baggini This short tome covers the arguments for viewing the world through a naturalistic outlook, understanding that morality is possible without supernatural praise or punishment, and that one can still have a great deal of mystery and wonder about life and the universe without adding supernatural claims to what is already awe inspiring.

Baggini also takes an interesting stand against militant atheism.

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Atheism is often considered to be a negative, dark, and pessimistic belief that is characterized by a rejection of values and purpose and a fierce opposition to religion. Atheism: A Very Short Introduction sets out to dispel the myths that surround atheism and show how a life without religious belief can be positive, meaningful, and moral. The book presents an intellectual case for atheism that rests as much upon positive arguments for its truth as on negative arguments against religion. It also confronts the failure of officially atheist states in the twentieth century. Keywords: agnosticism , atheism , death , ethics , existentialism , Faith , Sigmund Freud , David Hume , life , Friedrich Nietzsche , religion. Access to the complete content on Very Short Introductions online requires a subscription or purchase.

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As a follower of Christ, I think, the book is well-written. I thoroughly enjoyed the style of writing. If you have not read about Atheism, I'd recommend this introductory. A better book on Atheism Atheism: A Very Short Introduction. Julian Baggini. Atheism is often considered to be a negative, dark, and pessimistic belief which is characterized by a rejection of values and purpose and a fierce opposition to religion.

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