Atheism

Atheism

The Case Against God

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In this classic treatise on atheism, George H. Smith sets out to demolish what he considers the most widespread and destructive of all the myths devised by human beings - the concept of a supreme being. With painstaking scholarship and rigorous arguments, Mr. Smith examines, dissects, and refutes the myriad "proofs" offered by theists - sophisticated, professional theologians - as well as the average religious layperson. He explores the historical and psychological havoc wrought by religion in general and concludes that religious belief cannot have any place in the life of modern, rational man.

"It is not my purpose to convert people to atheism . . . (but to) demonstrate that the belief in God is irrational to the point of absurdity. If a person wishes to continue believing in a god, that is his prerogative, but he can no longer excuse his belief in the name of reason and moral necessity."
Publisher: Amherst : Prometheus Books, 2016
ISBN: 9781633881976
1633881970
Branch Call Number: 211.8 Sm574A 2016
Characteristics: xviii, 366 pages ; 24 cm

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roaddogg09 May 05, 2011

I found this book to be very helpful and insightful for skeptics and nonbelievers. Smith is trained in philosophy, and presents arguments that are typically given as evidence for a gods existence. Through careful analysis and examination, Smith shows that all of the arguments can't stand up to scrutiny. As an atheist, I learned a lot from 'Atheism: The Case Against God'. I especially enjoyed Part Two of the book where Smith discusses reason, and how faith is intellectually bankrupt.

This book is recommended to all who are skeptical of religious belief, and those who identify themselves as agnostic or atheist. I would also say this is a book that all theists should read.

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jlautermilch
Apr 07, 2011

I liked it better then his book Why Atheism. Much more well thought out and concise with a good history of philosophical thought on the subject.

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dlgarlock May 13, 2011

easy to understand.

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