By Russell Blackford
Tackling a number of myths and prejudices typically leveled at atheism, this desirable quantity bursts with glowing, eloquent arguments on each web page. The authors rebut claims that variety from atheism being simply one other faith to the alleged atrocities dedicated in its name.
- An available but scholarly remark on hot-button concerns within the debate over spiritual belief
- Teaches serious pondering abilities via particular, rational argument
- Objectively considers each one delusion on its merits
- Includes a heritage of atheism and its advocates, an appendix detailing atheist agencies, and an in depth bibliography
- Explains the diversities among atheism and similar ideas equivalent to agnosticism and naturalism
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Even if secular humanism were a religion, it would not entail the same about atheism. Furthermore, Justice Black's comment was not part of his reasoning necessary for deciding the case, and is thus regarded as obiter dicta, rather than as law binding on lower courts (this is noted by Cherry and Matsumura, 1998/9). The important point is that the court did not rule that Mr Torcaso's atheism was itself a religion. Years later, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled explicitly in the case of Peloza v.
In some cases, we are talking about rape victims. In others, the woman may actually be a frightened teenager whose future prospects will be damaged irreparably if she goes ahead with a pregnancy at this stage of her life. Women face many situations in which they consider the possibility of an abortion, and they usually do not make these decisions lightly. This exposes why many of us reject what D'Souza and other Christian conservatives hold out as Christian morality: it is arbitrary and cruel. The same can be said about another of D'Souza's examples, euthanasia, by which he seems to have in mind physician-assisted suicide.
Atheism is compatible with many views of the world. George H. Smith complains, we think rightly, that atheism is not a “way of life,” a “world outlook,” or a “total view of life,” any more than a failure to believe in magic elves is any of these things. While some philosophical positions are atheistic, atheism in itself does not entail any specific system of thought but can be incorporated into many (Smith, 1979, pp. 21–22). ” We also know the feeling when he adds: “Except when I am writing books like this, the only time my thoughts turn to religion or God is when religious people raise such issues, such as by confronting me personally or basing public policies on religion” (Sinnott-Armstrong, 2009, p.