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A Short History of Atheism

A Short History of Atheism
A Book

by Gavin Hyman

  • Publisher : I.B.Tauris
  • Release : 2010-09-30
  • Pages : 232
  • ISBN : 0857730355
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The last few years have seen a remarkable surge of popular interest in the topic of atheism. Books about atheism by writers like richard dawkins and Christopher Hitchens have figured prominently in bestseller lists and have attracted widespread discussion in the media. The ubiquity of public debates about atheism, especially in conscious opposition to the perceived social threat posed by faith and religion, has been startling. However, as gavin Hyman points out, despite their prevalence and popularity, what often characterises these debates is a lack of nuance and sophistication. They can be shrill, ignorant of the historical complexity of discussions about belief, and tend to lapse into caricature. What is needed is a clear and well-informed presentation of how atheistic ideas originated and developed, in order to illuminate their contemporary relevance and application. That task is what the author undertakes here. Charting the rise of atheism as an explicit philosophical position (notably in the work of denis diderot), Hyman traces its development in the ideas of descartes, Locke and Berkeley, and draws too on the work of important contemporary scholars like amos Funkenstein and michael J. Buckley. arguing that the plausibility and persuasiveness of atheism is sustained by the demise of a religion that is defined by the presuppositions and assumptions of modernity, the author boldly suggests that atheism - like the belief to which it is antipathetic - is itself vulnerable to a future that challenges the intellectual inheritance of the enlightenment. For anyone interested in the origins of atheism (whether they consider themselves to be ‘an atheist’, or ‘religious’, or indeed somewhere in-between), and in the rich cultural, philosophical and historical matrix out of which it emerged, A Short History of Atheism offers a fascinating exploration of the often surprising co-dependency of faith and its negation.

Western Atheism

Western Atheism
A Short History

by James Thrower

  • Publisher : Prometheus Books
  • Release : 1971
  • Pages : 143
  • ISBN : 1615923500
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Much has been written on religions of all types, the history of religious belief, and on the supernatural interpretation of the world, but where can we turn for an account of unbelief-the naturalistic alternative?James Thrower's concise and direct approach examines the thinkers and schools which defined atheism, beginning with Greece, Rome, and Israel. He notes that the intellectual status of unbelief rose significantly in Western Europe as a result of the clash in the Middle Ages between the powerful force of faith and the emerging but still limited influence of reason. Physical science was developing and the world of the intellect would expand during the Renaissance that followed.This delightfully pertinent short history illustrates the leading issues separating the theist from the atheist and agnostic, and sheds light on world events and the inconsistencies inherent in supernaturalism and theistic theories. Thrower discusses atheism both as a reaction to belief and as a separate and consistent form of belief in a world stripped of the divine, where reason, science, and humankind's endless search for knowledge flourish.James Thrower (Aberdeen, Scotland) is professor of the history of religions at King's College, the University of Aberdeen.

A Short History of Western Atheism

A Short History of Western Atheism
A Book

by James Thrower

  • Publisher : London : Pemberton Books
  • Release : 1971
  • Pages : 143
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Atheism: A Very Short Introduction

Atheism: A Very Short Introduction
A Book

by Julian Baggini

  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release : 2003-06-26
  • Pages : 119
  • ISBN : 9780192804242
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Do you think of atheists as immoral pessimists who live their lives without meaning, purpose, or values? Think again! Atheism: A Very Short Introduction sets out to dispel the myths that surround atheism and show how a life without religious belief can be positive, meaningful, and moral.

The Cambridge History of Atheism

The Cambridge History of Atheism
A Book

by Stephen Sebastian Bullivant,Michael Ruse

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 2021
  • Pages : 329
  • ISBN : 9781108474344
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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"This short note will look at the history of Greek atheos and words ultimately derived from it (or in some cases modelled on it) in Greek, Latin, English, and a selection of other modern vernacular languages of Western Europe.1 It will concentrate primarily on when each of these words first appeared in each language, with a brief consideration of their meaning. As writers far more expert on the history of atheism show in many places in this volume, investigating the history of atheistic beliefs throughout most of history is plagued by the difficulty that dire (and generally fatal) penalties could be incurred for the avowal of such beliefs. Most of the evidence for words meaning 'atheism', 'atheist', or 'atheistic' comes in the form of accusations levelled against individuals and/or their ideas or beliefs, and in some cases rebuttals of these, in which semantic clarity is often deliberately avoided"--

Dictionary of Atheism, Skepticism & Humanism

Dictionary of Atheism, Skepticism & Humanism
A Book

by Bill Cooke

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 2006
  • Pages : 606
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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In the tradition of Voltaire’s Philosophical Dictionary, Ambrose Bierce’s Devil’s Dictionary, and Joseph McCabe’s Rationalist Encyclopedia, this accessible dictionary addresses the contemporary need for a reference book that succinctly summarizes the key concepts, current terminology, and major contributions of influential thinkers broadly associated with atheism, skepticism, and humanism. In the preface, author Bill Cooke notes that his work is intended "for freethinkers in the broadest sense of the word: people who like to think for themselves and not according to the preplanned routes set by others." This dictionary will serve as a guide for all those people striving to lead fulfilling, morally responsible lives without religious belief. Readers are offered a wide range of concepts, from ancient, well-known notions such as God, free will, and evil to new concepts such as "eupraxsophy." Also included are current "buzzwords" that have some bearing on the freethought worldview such as "metrosexual." The names of many people whose lives or work reflect freethought principles form a major portion of the entries. Finally, a humanist calendar is included, on which events of interest to freethinkers are noted. This unique, accessible, and highly informative work will be a welcome addition to the libraries of open-minded people of all philosophic persuasions.

A Short History of Parliament

A Short History of Parliament
A Book

by Britiffe Constable Skottowe

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1887
  • Pages : 345
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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A Short History of French Literature

A Short History of French Literature
A Book

by George Saintsbury

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1882
  • Pages : 591
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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A Short History of French Literature

A Short History of French Literature
A Book

by George Saintsbury

  • Publisher : Good Press
  • Release : 2019-12-12
  • Pages : 637
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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"A Short History of French Literature" by George Saintsbury. Published by Good Press. Good Press publishes a wide range of titles that encompasses every genre. From well-known classics & literary fiction and non-fiction to forgotten−or yet undiscovered gems−of world literature, we issue the books that need to be read. Each Good Press edition has been meticulously edited and formatted to boost readability for all e-readers and devices. Our goal is to produce eBooks that are user-friendly and accessible to everyone in a high-quality digital format.

A Short History of the English People

A Short History of the English People
A Book

by John Richard Green

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1874
  • Pages : 847
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Chaucer to Wordsworth. A short history of English literature, from the earliest times to the present day

Chaucer to Wordsworth. A short history of English literature, from the earliest times to the present day
A Book

by Thomas Arnold

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1870
  • Pages : 454
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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A Short History of Freethought

A Short History of Freethought
Ancient and Modern

by John Mackinnon Robertson

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1906
  • Pages : 480
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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A Short History of the Moravian Church

A Short History of the Moravian Church
A Book

by Joseph Edmund Hutton

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1895
  • Pages : 280
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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A Short History of the Egyptian Obelisks

A Short History of the Egyptian Obelisks
A Book

by William Ricketts Cooper

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1877
  • Pages : 150
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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A Short History of the English People

A Short History of the English People
A Book

by Green,John Richard Green

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1893
  • Pages : 329
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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A Short History of Anglo-Saxon Freedom

A Short History of Anglo-Saxon Freedom
The Polity of the English-speaking Race : Outlined in Its Inception, Development, Diffusion, and Present Condition

by James Kendall Hosmer

  • Publisher : New York : C. Scribner
  • Release : 1890
  • Pages : 420
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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A Short History of Standing Armies in England. By J. Trenchard

A Short History of Standing Armies in England. By J. Trenchard
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by John TRENCHARD (Political Writer)

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1739
  • Pages : 329
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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A Short History of the English Colonies in America

A Short History of the English Colonies in America
A Book

by Henry Cabot Lodge

  • Publisher : New York : Harper
  • Release : 1881
  • Pages : 560
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This book contains general histories of the thirteen British colonies in North America. Each colony is summarized chronilogically, from date of inception to just before the American Revolution. The author ends the work with a summary of the American Revolution and peace in 1782. Most of the content is focused on political and military history.

A Short History of Rhode Island

A Short History of Rhode Island
A Book

by George Washington Greene

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1877
  • Pages : 356
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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A Short History of the Adventures of a London Reviewer

A Short History of the Adventures of a London Reviewer
A Book

by John Gordon (of Swiney.)

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1824
  • Pages : 235
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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