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A Short History of Atheism

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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 ...more
Paperback, 232 pages
Published October 15th 2010 by I. B. Tauris (first published January 1st 2010)
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I picked this book up at a local library as I've been meaning to read a history of atheism for a while now. I was hoping for exactly that, a history of atheism, however after reading the introduction and flicking through the book, it looks as if a more accurate title might have been 'A Theist's Rebuttal of Atheism'. In itself this might not have been a problem, however I've found the introduction infuriating for several reasons.

Take for instance this quote from the introduction:
"If modernity cre
Nick Jensen
Quite the intriguing work! Hyman gives a large spectrum and transformation of religion, so the "short" may not be the operative word. From the beginning of classical thought, to the Renaissance philosophers, Hyman places each on their beliefs of religion, and making sure the themes are well addressed. Who comes first, God or man? Does God hear prayers, or is he distant? Can man understand God, or is he beyond our scope? Did man imagine God, and what are the consequences of this? A very enjoyable ...more
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