Why I Am Not a Christian
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Dedicated as few men have ever been to the life of reason, Russell has always been concerned with the basic questions to which religion seeks to provide an answer---questions about man's place in the universe and the nature of the good life, questions that involve life after death, morality, freedom, education, and sexual ethics. A commited atheist, he clearly articulates the "freethinker's" position toward Christianity. An excellent resource to understand those who subscribe to that view.

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Format: Paperback
Vendor: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: 1977
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.25 (inches)
ISBN: 0671203231
ISBN-13: 9780671203238

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“Devastating in its use of cold logic,” (The Independent), the classic essay collection that expresses the freethinker’s views to religion and challenges set notions in today’s society from one of the most influential intellectual figures of the twentieth century.

Dedicated as few men have been to the life of reason, Bertrand Russell has always been concerned with the basic questions to which religion also addresses itself—questions about man’s place in the universe and the nature of the good life, questions that involve life after death, morality, freedom, education, and sexual ethics. He brings to his treatment of these questions the same courage, scrupulous logic, and lofty wisdom for which his other work as philosopher, writer, and teacher has been famous. These qualities make the essays included in this book perhaps the most graceful and moving presentation of the freethinker's position since the days of Hume and Voltaire.

“I am as firmly convinced that religions do harm as I am that they are untrue,” Russell declares in his Preface, and his reasoned opposition to any system or dogma which he feels may shackle man’s mind runs through all the essays in this book, whether they were written as early as 1899 or as late as 1954.

The book has been edited, with Lord Russell’s full approval and cooperation, by Professor Paul Edwards of the Philosophy Department of New York University. In an Appendix, Professor Edwards contributes a full account of the highly controversial “Bertrand Russell Case” of 1940, in which Russell was judicially declared “unfit” to teach philosophy at the College of the City of New York.

Whether the reader shares or rejects Bertrand Russell’s views, he will find this book an invigorating challenge to set notions, a masterly statement of a philosophical position, and a pure joy to read.

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    Just because you are a Christian should not deter you from reading this classic book on unbelief. I read this book many years ago, and I still remember what Bertrand Russell's stumbling block was. He claimed that everything must have a cause--even God. What he failed to understand is that the Law of Causality states that every effect must have a cause, not everything must have a cause. He was unable to believe that there could be a being who has always existed, that God has no cause. I must admit that human beings cannot fully comprehend how a being could be without cause, but that does not make it untrue. And that is what goes against the grain of contemporary postmodernism. So, whatever your faith system is, go ahead and read this classic statement of unbelief.
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