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Irreligion by John Allen Paulos
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Another excellent book from the author of 'Innumeracy' - this time he takes on about all the arguments for the existence of God, at least in any of the forms envisioned by mainstream religions.
Some other authors writing on this topic have taken tones ranging from urgent to strident. I believe there's a place for their outlooks, because as they note, a large share of the human suffering in the world is rooted in religion. However, Paulos' take is much gentler, more accepting of believers though not of some of their actions; he's good-naturedly poking fun at them and at their belief systems rather than yelling at them.
Near the end of 'Irreligion' he gets more serious in arguing for acceptance of atheists as an increasingly necessary form of tolerance akin to that being won by ethnic, racial, gender-identity, and indeed religious minorities.
Hear, hear!
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