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Atheism: A Philosophical Justification

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Provides logical reasons for being an atheist. Carefully examining the debate in Anglo-American analytic philosophy regarding God's existence, this book presents a comprehensive critique of the arguments for the existence of God and a defense of arguments against the existence of God, showing in detail their relevance to atheism.
Paperback, 541 pages
Published January 8th 1992 by Temple University Press (first published June 1st 1990)
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May 13, 2008 Simone rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: people who are more mathmatically minded.
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I was not yet defining myself as an atheist when I bought this book, but I was definitely leaning towards it, and I thought this might help set me straight on where I stood. I read the introduction in the bookstore which won me over, and so I forked out a precious $25 for it.

But as I proceeded onto chapter one, I was greeted with a bunch of algebra equations as a method of explaining something. It was equation after equation which just stumped me, given my low aptitude for maths. I could go no f
Mar 19, 2008 Emily added it
This is a long, hard slog through the logical proofs for and against atheism. Only read this if you can read page after page of formal logic proofs without your eyes crossing. Otherwise you're better off sticking with Dennett, Harris, Dawkins and their equivalents.

That's a little more harsh than needed, as this really is one of the best formal defenses of atheism, and I'm glad I read it (I'll probably return to it at some point). It just won't keep the interest of most people.
Mar 04, 2008 Mark rated it really liked it
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Dr. Martin, Professor of Philsophy at Boston University, offers the reader a very thorough and grounded analytical argument for atheism. One of the best parts of this book is that he divides it into two parts: Negative and Positive Atheism. Atheism is often faulted, mostly by Christian apologists, arguing against (hence the negative aspect) Christianity. While this is true, it is only half the story.
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“The aim of this book is not to make atheism a popular belief or even to overcome its invisibility. My object is not utopian. It is merely to provide good reasons for being an atheist. … My object is to show that atheism is a rational position and that belief in God is not. I am quite aware that atheistic beliefs are not always based on reason. My claim is that they should be.” 0 likes
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