ATHEISM A VERY SHORT INTRODUCTION JULIAN BAGGINI PDF
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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, . Atheism: A Very Short Introduction. Julian Baggini. Abstract. Atheism is often considered to be a negative, dark, and pessimistic belief that is characterized by a. Julian Baggini. ATHEISM. A Very Short Introduction. OXFORD. UNIVERSITY PRESS atheists looking for a systematic defence and explanation of their position.
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A Very Vert Introduction sets out to dispel the myths that surround atheism and show how a life without religious belief can be positive, meaningful, and moral.
It also confronts the failure of Atheism is often considered to be a negative, dark, and pessimistic belief which is characterised by a rejection of values and purpose and a fierce opposition to religion. It also confronts the failure of intriduction atheist states in the Twentieth Century. The book presents an abggini case for atheism that rests as much upon positive arguments for its truth as on negative arguments against religion.
Atheism: A Very Short Introduction
Very Short Introductions To see xhort your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Atheismplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Jul 18, Paul Bryant rated it liked it Shelves: So how do we know? If foxes DID go to confession, however Father, forgive me, I have sinned. What did you do, son?
Do atheidm have to ask? Another six chickens this week. And, I had lustful thoughts. I looked at internet fox porn. You know I have an iPad, and that stuff is only three clicks away. Now brother fox, is that not why the good God put Sainsburys and Asda and Tesco right here on this earth? You know that chickens have souls as well as foxes.
God loves the chickens. I bet he loves them better sauteed in butter and garnished veryy parsley. The company at that time had about employees.
Consider — what is faith? Is it acceptance as true of something you have not yourself experienced?
Atheism: A Very Short Introduction by Julian Baggini
I have never seen anyone jump to their death. But that all might be lies, just like the stuff about the moon landings in Anyway, JB has briskly dealt with my mealymouthed agnostic self-identification. View all 28 comments. Jun 02, Ahmad Sharabiani rated it really liked it Shelves: A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions 99Julian Baggini Atheism is often considered to be a negative, dark, and pessimistic belief which is characterised by a rejection of values and purpose and a fierce opposition to religion.
It also confronts the failure of officially atheist states in the Twentieth Atheism: He even dedicates a subsection of the book to ‘Militant Atheism’, which he personally takes distrust to.
The reason I appreciate this particular aspect of Atheism: A Very Short Introduction, is mainly because the stance seems to be headed by some pretty dogmatic individuals as of late. As such, my idea of the ‘New Atheist’ movement has been shaky to say the least. Despite not naming names like I just did, Baggini critiques this militancy regardless.
Opting out of the ‘religious believers are brain damaged’ argument, he takes his role seriously in introducing individuals to the idea of Atheism and the arguments it presents. He delves a little into the history of atheism, but mainly atheismm to stick to speaking on arguments that have been put forth for the belief in a godless universe.
As such juoian or so page introduction manages to be quite an informative read. My only criticsm as someone who generally identifies as Agnostic is Bagginis dismissal of the stance. He puts forward an argument that follows: If you cant be sure, don’t have an opinion. But this maxim cannot be followed. We cannot be sure of anything, save perhaps for the fact of our own existence.
So if we are not justified in believing anything we are not sure of, we would have to suspend belief about everything. For me, I simply choose atyeism suspend my belief in perhaps one of the biggest questions the human species has put forward. In my opinion it is entirely possible to isolate your agnosticism to just this topic. The fact that here I am, a fully functioning Agnostic conducting myself as any other person would.
My ability to still carry myself independently on a daily basis is proof against this claim. If I had to suspend belief about everything because of my suspension of belief regarding God, then I would be a blithering idiot wandering my room unable to make the most simple decisions, or bring myself to conclusions regarding my most basic beliefs. I find julizn modest approach the most sensible in most cases including this topic.
However, that doesn’t make me indecisive on everything. It simply guides me and acts as a placeholder when making a firm decision on big questions seems a little premature. Baggini mentions that the existence of Atheists out in the world that have lead fulfilling lives is a good example of there being no need for God to make all “this” worth living for. I would argue that leading a fulfilling life with a suspension of belief is perhaps greater proof that we need not make bold claims toward such gargantuan topics.
We can still lead lives that are equally fulfilling without needing to emphasise on the word “need” plant a flag firmly in baggihi camp.
Having said this, I am young and still very much behind in my understanding of this subject. So Babgini look forward to continuing my journey in understanding this topic, seeing as with each book I read on the subject, intrpduction questions are raised in my head upon completion, than before I started said text. View all 3 comments. Jan 19, Halden rated it really liked it.
The strongest point for this book is its emphasis on the positive aspects of atheism rather than spiralling into an anti-religious diatribe. Atheism is not a faith position because it is belief in nothing beyond which there is evidence and argument for; religious belief is a faith position because it goes beyond what there is evidence or argument for.
A very short introduction Julian Baggini This short tome covers the arguments for viewing the world through a naturalistic outlook, understanding that morality is possible without supernatural praise or punishment, and that one can still have a great deal of mystery and wonder about life and the universe without adding supernatural claims to what is already awe inspiring.
Baggini also takes an interesting stand against militant atheism. He views the closed and reactionary world of militant atheist to be just as harmful as religious fundamentalism even if he does have some sympathy for their goals.
He argues that change can only come from open communication and understanding. Religion will recede not by atheists shouting condemnation but by the quiet voice of reason slowly making itself heard. A very short vfry Julian Baggini This was really something. I can’t say it was a page-turner, but it was very well researched. That’s why I gave it three stars. Some of it wasn’t exactly the most coherently written, but overall it was very intelligently written often being too intelligently written and philosophy-based for me!
One thing that did bother me was the dispersion of pictures throughout the book to illustrate his ideas for example, a picture of Albert Camus when referencing him that ultimately just felt clutterin This was really something. One thing that did bother me was the dispersion of pictures throughout the book to illustrate his ideas for example, a picture of Albert Camus when referencing him that ultimately just felt cluttering and distracting for me.
So I just ended up ignoring them after about forty pages. To get down to the essence of it, this book was very informative despite being so informative that it was often hard to appropriately digest everything being thrown at me. But I did take away some useful things, and one of those is that atheism is best described as being pro-naturalist, not anti-religious as it is often perceived as being.
Baggini is very respectful of religion and even provides references to other religious works for those he has not convinced of the higher rationality of atheism.
He also attacks dogmatism and fundamentalism in all ideological groups, including the radical atheists he refers to as “militant atheists. My only advice before reading this is to read up on philosophy, especially rationalism, humanism, naturalism, etc.
View all 4 comments. Jul 31, Riikka rated it it was amazing. I highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in atheism and the logic and rational thinking that goes with it. I only give five stars to books where every page is worth reading.
Athism is definitely one of those books. You know those rides at the amusement park with the little measurements beside the gate, and the sign reading “You must be this tall to ride”? This book and bagini Reasons People Give for Believing in a God have become that height marker for me when it comes to discussing atheism. There is so much ill will, pretentious ignorance and straw man caricatures when religious people try to discuss atheism, that I’ve pretty much stopped engaging in discussions unless people can prove a minimal baseline of You know those rides at the amusement park with the little measurements beside the gate, and the sign reading “You must be this tall to ride”?