By George H. Smith

during this wide-ranging choice of articles, essays, and speeches, George H. Smith analyzes atheism and its relevance to society today.

The featured essay during this quantity offers a whole research of Ayn Rand's precise contribution to atheism, explaining how her objectivist metaphysics and laissez-faire financial ideas rested on a only godless worldview. a number of chapters deal with the evolution of atheism; arguments in prefer of spiritual toleration; the efforts of early Church fathers to discredit Roman polytheism and the way those arguments can be utilized with equivalent strength opposed to later Christian descriptions of God; and a survey of the contributions to freethought made through the deists of the 18th and nineteenth centuries.

With incisive good judgment and substantial wit, Smith ties atheism to cause and argues that cause itself could be a ethical advantage. in a single penetrating bankruptcy, Smith salutes 3 Christian theorists who he believes embrace the spirit of cause: Thomas Aquinas, Desiderius Erasmus, and John Locke. this is often through a philosophical drubbing of his "least favourite Christians" - St. Paul, St. Augustine, and John Calvin. In next chapters, Smith examines faith and schooling; addresses the 20 th century fundamentalist revival; bargains feedback on tips to debate atheism with spiritual believers; reviews "new religions," together with pop treatment, est, and tranactional research; and offers a complete bibliographic essay at the literature of freethought.

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