Atheism Explained: From Folly to Philosophy
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Atheism Explained: From Folly to Philosophy

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Atheism Explained explores the claims made both for and against the existence of God. On the pro side: that the wonders of the world can only be explained by an intelligent creator; that the universe had to start somewhere; telepathy, out-of-body experiences, and other paranormal phenomena demonstrate the existence of a spirit world; and that those who experience God direc...more
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Published February 1st 2008 by Open Court Publishing Company (first published January 15th 2007)
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This book was very thorough and well-written. Steele manages to cover most (if not all) of the conceivable arguments for and against the existence of the God of classical theism (the all-knowing, all-powerful Abrahamic God), and he does it without resorting to the viciousness and name-calling that's so typical of Dawkins and Hitchens. My only problem with this book is that it is supposed to be written in a way that lay people would find accessible, yet Steele writes pretty much like every other...more
The book is oddly named as it is part of the “Explained” series, but it is an okay introductory book to the philosophical arguments for and against theism. Of course, as usual for a book with "atheism" in the title, the emphasis is on the non-existence of an Abrahamic god, but the author does not limit the discussion to that genre of religious thought. Considering the material, this is a relatively lively read. The author refrains from getting too technical, either using mostly terms that a coll...more
Aug 25, 2008 Mark rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: anyone interested in atheism
I really liked this book. Steele is straight forward, no-nonsense, sometimes witty, but very seldom emotional about his argument against the probability, the possibility, the logical validity of the argument for theistic belief. He mentions this in his forward in fact. Steele's book reads comfortably without much philosophical complexity, but at the same time it is thorough. It brings up reasons why not to believe that any God, godlets, angels etc.. exist, but mostly it points out the irrational...more
Sean Stalley
This is a fantastic book that really fleshes out the arguments made from classical theology and atheist rebuttals. A couple years ago I said that The God Delusion was a book that presented solid arguments and provided strong, objective rhetoric for atheism. I've since changed my views, seeing that particular book as rash and too sure of its philosophical (lol) attempts. This book is different in providing reasoned, balanced arguments.

If you're an atheist, this book will give you a good percepti...more
More dispassionate than Christopher Hitchens' God is Not Great, but perhaps the better for that. Steele calmly and dispassionately addresses and demolishes all the major arguments against atheism regularly trotted out by believers. Probably a little too overly detailed for my liking, but I appreciate that he's doing a thorough job; I skipped over the boring parts where I didn't feel the need to explore every argument in detail.
Harriet Huestis
Terrible title and cover art disguises excellent book. Rather than explaining atheism this book takes apart religious appologetics' arguments. I learned some new ideas in a field that is getting quite repetitive
"Atheism weakly explained".
The best was the 4th part. All those arguments for and against God were too simplistic to me.
I loved this book even though I disagreed with a couple of the author's points. A thorough review is forthcoming.
Jun 24, 2011 Genie added it
Meh. There was a reason i got a degree in engineering instead of philosophy. A little too academic for my taste.
A calm and thoughtful argument for atheism. Very well done.
if you think your an atheist then read this...
Onyango Makagutu
A very interesting read
Overall I thought this was a very good book for someone exploring Atheism...
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