By George H. Smith
The featured essay during this quantity presents an entire research of Ayn Rand's specified contribution to atheism, explaining how her objectivist metaphysics and laissez-faire fiscal ideas rested on a merely godless worldview. a number of chapters handle the evolution of atheism; arguments in want 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 via the deists of the 18th and nineteenth centuries.
With incisive common sense and significant 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 twentieth century fundamentalist revival; bargains feedback on find out how to debate atheism with non secular believers; opinions "new religions," together with pop treatment, est, and tranactional research; and gives a entire bibliographic essay at the literature of freethought.
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