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 world crew of favourite voices within the fields of academia, technological know-how, literature, media and politics who provide conscientiously thought of statements of why they're atheists.

  • Features a really foreign solid of individuals, starting from public intellectuals corresponding to Peter Singer, Susan Blackmore, and A.C. Grayling, novelists, comparable to Joe Haldeman, and heavyweight philosophers of faith, together with Graham Oppy and Michael Tooley
  • Contributions diversity from rigorous philosophical arguments to hugely own, even whimsical, debts of the way each one of those extraordinary thinkers have come to reject faith of their lives
  • Likely to have extensive allure given the present public fascination with non secular matters and the reception of such books as The God Delusion and The finish of Faith

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Damn! Just to make sure I would stay seated, Hopie held on to my arm as if to keep me restrained from venturing further into rationalism. I was embarrassed – not because I had stood up – but because I was allowing myself to stay seated in the church pew. In actuality, one more minute of religious nonsense was going to make me scream! Needless to say, the ruse only disappointed me. All the other people in the youth group stood up and “testified” their faith. I passed. What I really wanted to do was find the basement and play tricks on them.

Pastor Leath heard my Bible slam shut and stared down at me from the pulpit. I stared back. It was a stand off of wills. With our eyes locked he publicly admonished me for being disrespectful and noisy. I was not intimidated, nor was I apologetic. Even as a youngster, I could not extend unquestioning respect to figures of authority. My acquaintances and teachers had to earn my respect. I questioned why Pastor Leath had so much power over the people at Truett. 00 am sharp on Sunday mornings to attend his sermons.

Look around you. The world is a beautiful and fascinating place. There is no need to imagine a heaven. Your heaven can be made in the here and the now with good life choices. Do you want life after death? Create a legacy worth remembering. When people speak of you, you will live again. Need someone or something to worship? Look in the mirror and decide to live every moment as if it were your last. With pride in yourself and acknowledgment of the fact that you only have one life, your home is your heaven and you are a god.

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