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Why I Am Not a Christian and Other Essays on Religion and Related Subjects - Bertrand Russell, Paul Edwards
Why I Am Not a Christian and Other Essays on Religion and Related Subjects
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Dedicated as few men have been to the life of reason, Bertrand Russell has always been concerned with the basic questions to which religion also addresses itself -- questions about man's place in the universe and the nature of the good life, questions that involve life after death, morality,... show more
Dedicated as few men have been to the life of reason, Bertrand Russell has always been concerned with the basic questions to which religion also addresses itself -- questions about man's place in the universe and the nature of the good life, questions that involve life after death, morality, freedom, education, and sexual ethics. He brings to his treatment of these questions the same courage, scrupulous logic, and lofty wisdom for which his other work as philosopher, writer, and teacher has been famous. These qualities make the essays included in this book perhaps the most graceful and moving presentation of the freethinker's position since the days of Hume and Voltaire. "I am as firmly convinced that religions do harm as I am that they are untrue," Russell declares in his Preface, and his reasoned opposition to any system or dogma which he feels may shackle man's mind runs through all the essays in this book, whether they were written as early as 1899 or as late as 1954. The book has been edited, with Lord Russell's full approval and cooperation, by Professor Paul Edwards of the Philosophy Department of New York University. In an Appendix, Professor Edwards contributes a full account of the highly controversial "Bertrand Russell Case" of 1940, in which Russell was judicially declared "unfit" to teach philosophy at the College of the City of New York. Whether the reader shares or rejects Bertrand Russell's views, he will find this book an invigorating challenge to set notions, a masterly statement of a philosophical position, and a pure joy to read.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780671203238 (0671203231)
Publisher: Touchstone
Pages no: 259
Edition language: English
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Emad Attely [The Book Nerd]
Emad Attely [The Book Nerd] rated it
4.0 Why I Am Not a Christian and Other Essays on Religion and Related Subjects
This is the very first book I read for Bertrand Russell. I admit: it's huge!Though I totally disagree with Russell's view of God, but I really loved this book. There are a lot of inspiring lines I loved. This man is truly wise. The part of the book I liked the most was the 'Good Life' part! It was r...
Florencia
Florencia rated it
You just have to read this. Even if you're a Christian, you should read about every point of view, to form or change (or not) your own. Russell explains complicated things which such clarity, a little of humor... It doesn't get tedious, at all. Take "The argument of design", for instance. I really c...
Books by the Lake
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4.0 Why I Am Not a Christian and Other Essays on Religion and Related Subjects
Why is "New Atheism" called new? As far as arguments specifically directed against religion, I can't recall anything said recently that Russell (and many others) didn't already say in the first half of the century. However, there are many other topics covered in this book, and that's where plenty of...
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