By George H. Smith
The featured essay during this quantity offers an entire research of Ayn Rand's precise contribution to atheism, explaining how her objectivist metaphysics and laissez-faire financial rules rested on a basically godless worldview. numerous chapters handle the evolution of atheism; arguments in desire 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 by way of the deists of the 18th and nineteenth centuries.
With incisive common sense and massive 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 include the spirit of cause: Thomas Aquinas, Desiderius Erasmus, and John Locke. this is often by means of 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; deals feedback on easy methods to debate atheism with non secular believers; opinions "new religions," together with pop treatment, est, and tranactional research; and offers a finished bibliographic essay at the literature of freethought.
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Atheism, Ayn Rand, and Other Heresies by George H. Smith