The Cambridge Companion to Atheism

The Cambridge Companion to Atheism

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In this 2007 volume, eighteen of the world's leading scholars present original essays on various aspects of atheism: its history, both ancient and modern, defense and implications. The topic is examined in terms of its implications for a wide range of disciplines including philosophy, religion, feminism, postmodernism, sociology and psychology. In its defense, both classical and contemporary theistic arguments are criticized, and, the argument from evil, and impossibility arguments, along with a non religious basis for morality are defended. These essays give a broad understanding of atheism and a lucid introduction to this controversial topic.
Publisher: Cambridge, U.K. ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2007.
ISBN: 9780521603676
0521603676
9780521842709
0521842700
Branch Call Number: 211.8 CAM
Characteristics: xix, 331 pages ;,23 cm.
Additional Contributors: Martin, Michael 1932-2015
Alternative Title: Atheism

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roaddogg09 Jul 30, 2012

"The Cambridge Companion to Atheism" is a collection of essays from a wide-range of scholars on atheism: its history, implications, and arguments.

Though Part I and III were enlightening, I found Part II to be the most interesting. Not only does it include an entry by Christian apologist William Lane Craig, but the scholars delve into many of the arguments that one hears given for the existence of God. Granted, some of the arguments analyzed are rarely used by your average theist, they are still intellectually interesting. Many topics are usually far too technical for the interested reader, but the authors made sure to cut out the technical aspects while still keeping the content.

The contributions are written for college students, though any laymen can pick it up. A glossary of terms at the front of the book helps in uninitiated get a hold on philosophical jargon. There were some parts I had to re-read more than once, but for the most part, all the essays were well-written and attention holding. This doesn't mean, though, that rigor was compromised. All essays were heavily referenced.

Highly recommended!

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