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Over the last decade, "New Atheists" such as Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, and Christopher Hitchens have pushed the issue of atheism to the forefront of public discussion. Yet very few of the ensuing debates and discussions have managed to provide a full and objective treatment of the subject.

Atheism: What Everyone Needs to Know provides a balanced look at the topic,
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Paperback, 304 pages
Published January 9th 2015 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published November 6th 2014)
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Charlie
Feb 21, 2015 rated it it was ok
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Overall, I was disappointed with this book. Michael Ruse is the editor of the Oxford Handbook of Atheism, and is thus in an excellent position to provide an up-to-date, sophisticated introduction to the subject. Unfortunately, this book is not it. I wonder if "What Everyone Needs to Know" is Oxford's euphemistic entry into the "For Dummies" genre.

The book is simply sloppy. Numerous typos and some formatting errors mar the text, for which author, editor and publisher all bear some
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Lars
Feb 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Michael Ruse provides us with a balanced discussion of religion and its modern off-spring, atheism. As a theist (Christian) I can't pretend to agree with him all the way, but there's no denying that this book is far more insightful and intelligently written than, say, "The God Delusion" by New Atheist extremist Richard Dawkins. I'm glad I read it, and I did learn some things from it.
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Jun 26, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Written by an uncertain atheist.
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Michael Ruse is a philosopher of science who specializes in the philosophy of biology and is well known for his work on the relationship between science and religion, the creation-evolution controversy and the demarcation problem within science. He was born in England, attending Bootham School,York. He took his undergraduate degree at the University of Bristol (1962), his master's degree at ...more

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