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Atheism for beginners : a coursebook for schools and colleges

Author: Michael F Palmer
Publisher: Cambridge : Lutterworth Press, 2013.
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The word 'atheism' is derived from the Greek: a meaning 'not' is conjoined with theos meaning 'god'. So atheism may be defined as follows: it is the belief that there is no God. Unfortunately definition of terms is rarely this straightforward. In this educational book, Michael Palmer undertakes to analyse, develop and discuss the complex and too often reduced notion of atheism. In spite of the consciously atheist  Read more...
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Palmer, Michael.
Atheism for beginners.
Cambridge : Lutterworth Press, 2013
(OCoLC)818450729
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Michael F Palmer
ISBN: 9780718840785 071884078X
OCLC Number: 841171521
Description: 1 online resource (xii, 218 pages) : illustrations, portraits
Contents: Front cover; Atheism for Beginners; Other Titles by Michael Palmer from The Lutterworth Press; Title; The Atheist's Creed; Contents; Introduction; 1. THE MEANING OF ATHEISM; i. Definition of Atheism; ii. The Christian Theory of Creation; iii. The Re-emergence of Atheism; iv. Hume on the Argument from Cause; v. An Infinite or Finite Universe?; 3. THE DESIGN OF THE WORLD; i. Two Monkey Trials; ii. The Argument from Design; iii. Hume's Criticisms of the Design Argument; iv. Darwin's Criticisms of the Design Argument; v. Post-Darwinian Criticisms of the Design Argument; 4. THE ARGUMENT FROM EVIL. I. Moral and Non-Moral Evilii. Evolution as a Non-Moral Evil; iii. The Problem of Evil: A Logical or Evidential Problem?; iv. The Problem of Evil: The Logical Argument; v. The Problem of Evil: The Evidential Argument; 5. THE MORAL ARGUMENT; i. Moral Relativism and Religion; ii. Criticisms of the Moral Argument; iii. Nietzsche's Critique of Religious Morality; 6. MIRACLES; i. Some Miracles; ii. Definition of a Miracle (1); iii. Definition of a Miracle (2); iv. Hume's Critique of Miracles: Are Miracles Impossible?; v. Hume's Critique of Miracles: Are Miracles Improbable?; vi. Conclusion. 7. THE IMPULSE TO BELIEVEi. The Experiences of Faith; ii. Ludwig Feuerbach's Projection Theory; iii. Marx's Projection Theory: Religion as the Opium of the People; iv. Freud's Projection Theory: Religion as a Universal Obsessional Neurosis; v. Conclusion: Is Atheism Pessimistic?; 8. DISPROVING GOD; i. The Logic of God's Attributes; ii. Arguments from Incoherence; iii. Two Theistic Defences; iv. Some conclusions; APPENDIX --
SELECT BIOGRAPHIES; Epicurus (342-270 BC); Jean Meslier (1664-1729); David Hume (1711-1776); Baron d'Holbach (1723-1789); Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822). Ludwig Feuerbach (1804-1872)Charles Bradlaugh (1833-1891); Karl Marx (1818-1883); Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900); Sigmund Freud (1856-1939); Bertrand Russell (1872-1970); Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980); A.J. Ayer (1910-1989); Richard Dawkins (b. 1941); Glossary; Back cover.
Responsibility: Michael Palmer.

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A sound and comprehensive coursebook that introduces students and teachers to the nontheistic side of the debate over God's existence and its rich philosophical pedigree.  Read more...

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