Good Without God

Good Without God
Author: Greg Epstein
Publsiher: Harper Collins
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2009-10-27
ISBN: 0061959499
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Good Without God Book Excerpt:

A provocative and positive response to Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, and other New Atheists, Good Without God makes a bold claim for what nonbelievers do share and believe. Author Greg Epstein, the Humanist chaplain at Harvard, offers a world view for nonbelievers that dispenses with the hostility and intolerance of religion prevalent in national bestsellers like God is Not Great and The God Delusion. Epstein’s Good Without God provides a constructive, challenging response to these manifestos by getting to the heart of Humanism and its positive belief in tolerance, community, morality, and good without having to rely on the guidance of a higher being.

Is Goodness Without God Good Enough

Is Goodness Without God Good Enough
Author: Robert K. Garcia,Nathan L. King
Publsiher: Rowman & Littlefield
Total Pages: 220
Release: 2009
ISBN: 0742551709
Category: Philosophy
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Is Goodness Without God Good Enough Book Excerpt:

Is Goodness Without God Good Enough contains a lively debate between William Lane Craig and Paul Kurtz on the relationship between God and ethics, followed by seven new essays that both comment on the debate and advance the broader discussion of this important issue. Written in an accessible style by eminent scholars, this book will appeal to students and academics alike.

Good Sense Without God

Good Sense Without God
Author: Baron D'Holbach
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 228
Release: 2020-07-16
ISBN: 3752302933
Category: Electronic Book
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Good Sense Without God Book Excerpt:

Reproduction of the original: Good Sense Without God by Baron D'holbach

Can We be Good Without God

Can We be Good Without God
Author: Rob Buckman
Publsiher: Amherst, N.Y. : Prometheus Books
Total Pages: 278
Release: 2002
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Philosophy
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Can We be Good Without God Book Excerpt:

In this provocative study of the connection between belief and behavior, Buckman reviews the history of religious belief, and explains data from neuroscience experiments that show a physical cause for religious thoughts.

Morality Without God

Morality Without God
Author: Walter Sinnott-Armstrong
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 192
Release: 2009-07-02
ISBN: 0199910464
Category: Philosophy
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Morality Without God Book Excerpt:

Some argue that atheism must be false, since without God, no values are possible, and thus "everything is permitted." Walter Sinnott-Armstrong argues that God is not only not essential to morality, but that our moral behavior should be utterly independent of religion. He attacks several core ideas: that atheists are inherently immoral people; that any society will sink into chaos if it is becomes too secular; that without religion, we have no reason to be moral; that absolute moral standards require the existence of God; and that without religion, we simply couldn't know what is wrong and what is right. Sinnott-Armstrong brings to bear convincing examples and data, as well as a lucid, elegant, and easy to understand writing style. This book should fit well with the debates raging over issues like evolution and intelligent design, atheism, and religion and public life as an example of a pithy, tightly-constructed argument on an issue of great social importance. "In his call for sincere dialogue with theists, Sinnott-Armstrong provides a welcome relief from the apoplectic excesses of Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens, while also addressing objections to homosexuality and evolution frequently raised by evangelical Christians." --Publishers Weekly "[I]t is accessible and lively, my hope is that it will be widely read, especially by theists."--Peter Lamal, The Humanist "... the clarity of this text successfully defuses many erroneous claims about religion and morality, both popular and academic; this volume certainly deserves a wide audience in this increasingly secular and skeptical world." -Choice "Morality Without God? is an engaging, pithy book arguing against the necessity of God and religion for a robust morality. Walter Sinnott-Armstrong has distinguished himself as a leading philosopher in his work on metaethics and moral psychology, as well as books on moral and epistemological skepticism, and in Morality Without God? he commendably succeeds in writing a philosophically respectable introduction to the problems facing religious morality suitable for virtually any audience." --Philosophia Christi

The Good Atheist

The Good Atheist
Author: Dan Barker
Publsiher: Ulysses Press
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2011-01-25
ISBN: 1569758468
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Good Atheist Book Excerpt:

Offers a positive guide to leading a happy, fulfilling and morally focused life through the principles of free thought, rather than following any religious tenets, in a easy-to-follow plan that stresses altruistic living. Original.

Parenting without God

Parenting without God
Author: Dan Arel
Publsiher: PM Press
Total Pages: 176
Release: 2019-11-01
ISBN: 1629637750
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Parenting without God Book Excerpt:

Children inevitably turn to their parents for more than just food and security; equally important are assurance, recognition, and interpretation of life. A child develops best in an environment where creativity and discovery are unimpeded by the artificial restrictions of blind faith and dogmatic belief.Parenting without God is for parents, and future parents, who lack belief in a god and are seeking guidance on raising freethinkers and social-justice-aware children in a nation where public dialogue has been controlled by the Christian Right. Dan Arel, activist and critically acclaimed author, has penned a magnificently practical guide to help parents provide their children with the intellectual tools for standing up to attempts at religious proselytism, whether by teachers, coaches, friends, or other family members. Parenting without God is also for the parent activist who is trying to make the world a better place for all children by first educating their own children about racism, sexism, and all forms of discrimination that serve as barriers to the fundamentals of human dignity and democracy. It’s for parents who wish for their children to question everything and to learn how to reach their own conclusions based on verifiable evidence and reason. Above all, Arel makes the penetrating argument that parents should lead by example—both by speaking candidly about the importance of secularism and by living an openly and unabashedly secular life. Parenting without God is written with humility, compassion, and understanding. Dan Arel’s writing conveys the unmistakable impression of a loving father dedicated to redefining the role of parenthood so that it also includes the vitally important task of nurturing every child’s latent impulse for freedom and autonomy. This second edition has been expanded with new material from the author.

How to be a Good Atheist

How to be a Good Atheist
Author: Nick Harding
Publsiher: Oldcastle Books
Total Pages: 160
Release: 2012-02-03
ISBN: 1842436856
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

How to be a Good Atheist Book Excerpt:

Join the fastest growing minority there is and become an atheist. Fed up of religion telling you it has all the answers when it doesn't? Tired of hearing about divine mysteries when there aren't any? Irritated by the pious evangelistas telling you you're going to hell when you're obviously not? Exhausted by creationists...for simply being creationists? Want to know more about the so-called atheist conspiracy? Then this book is for you. For millennia priests and holy men have told countless conflicting tales about humanity's genesis and fate. Is it all nonsense? You bet it is. For round about the same amount of time they have also been saying that anyone devoid of faith is evil, immoral and responsible for all of society's ills. How wrong they are. This book contains all you need to know about what to pack for your journey on the enlightening road to atheism including a brief history of free thought - it goes back further than you think - all the way to an introductory who's who in purgatory for knowing there isn't a god. Learn that there are five types of atheism. Find out the difference between an atheist and an agnostic - a term invented by T.H.Huxley, famous for his defence of Darwin and how a deist differs from a theist. Discover the oxymoronic fact that Christians were originally called atheists. Read who Lucretius was and what his fellow materialists were about. And revel in the fact that atheists have nothing to defend but are happy that way...

Spirituality without God

Spirituality without God
Author: Peter Heehs
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 296
Release: 2018-11-01
ISBN: 1350056219
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Spirituality without God Book Excerpt:

Spirituality without God is the first global survey of “godless” spirituality. Long before “spiritual but not religious” became the catchphrase of the day, there were religious and spiritual traditions in India, China, and the West that denied the existence of God. Peter Heehs begins by looking at godless traditions in the ancient world. Indian religions such as Jainism and Buddhism showed the way to liberation through individual effort. In China, Confucians and Daoists taught how to live in harmony with nature and society. Philosophies of the Greco-Roman world, such as Epicureanism, Stoicism, and Skepticism, focused on enhancing the quality of life rather than buying the favor of the gods through sacrifice or worship. Heehs shows how these traditions, rediscovered during the Renaissance, helped jump-start the European Enlightenment and opened the way to the atheism and agnosticism of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The personal, inner, approach to religion became known as "spirituality.” Spirituality without God is a counterbalance to theistic narratives that have dominated the field, as well as an introduction to modes of spiritual thought and practice that may appeal to people who have no interest in God.

Without God Or Reason

Without God Or Reason
Author: Christopher J. Wheatley
Publsiher: Bucknell University Press
Total Pages: 201
Release: 1993
ISBN: 9780838752432
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Without God Or Reason Book Excerpt:

"This book deals with Restoration ethics and - at length - with the works of Thomas Shadwell, author of extraordinarily successful plays including The Squire of Alsatia (1688). In Squire, the hero discards a mistress with whom he has had a child, seduces the daughter of a lawyer, lies to father and guardian, and, in the fifth act, promises to reform and be a faithful husband to a convenient heiress. Modern critics have argued that Shadwell was either a fool or a knave when he claimed, in the prologue to the play, to be writing morally instructive drama. Yet - as Christopher J. Wheatley points out - in his own lifetime Shadwell (frequently a target of satire on political, religious, and aesthetic grounds) seems not to have been attacked for moral hypocrisy despite his repeated claims that drama should be morally instructive. In investigating the real reasons for Shadwell's waning popularity, Wheatley uncovers much about the history of ethics." "The introduction to this book examines the ways in which critical misconceptions about the history of ethics and literary representations of ethical beliefs hinder an understanding of Restoration literature. The first chapter posits that ethical obligation in The Squire of Alsatia is based on one's role in society. It also holds that the foundations of such a role-based ethos are custom and prudential judgments about social consequences, rather than divine law or universality of ethical principles. The second chapter examines a wide variety of sources (philosophical and theological works, courtesy books, and popular literature) to explore how a dialectical tension between traditional ethical systems and skepticism about God and reason could make a role-based ethic an acceptable option for dramatic representation to a Restoration audience." "Subsequent chapters show that an ethic based on social role and custom is consistent with the body of Shadwell's works and the didactic component of Shadwell's drama undergoes little change even after the "Glorious Revolution" of 1688 that made him Poet Laureate. The book also argues that the emergent concept of "mutual love" is central to Shadwell's ethics as the force that draws gentlemen from destructive rakish behavior to their role as guardians of community stability. The last chapter examines the logical incoherence a role-based ethic generates in Shadwell's plays, particularly in the portrayal of women. Wheatley speculates that the divorce of role from obligation becomes the dominant ideology, at least as represented on the stage in the seventeenth century, and that this shift in ethical belief contributes to the decline of Shadwell's reputation."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Sense and Goodness Without God

Sense and Goodness Without God
Author: Richard Carrier
Publsiher: AuthorHouse
Total Pages: 444
Release: 2005-02-23
ISBN: 9781452059266
Category: Philosophy
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Sense and Goodness Without God Book Excerpt:

If God does not exist, then what does? Is there good and evil, and should we care? How do we know what’s true anyway? And can we make any sense of this universe, or our own lives? Sense and Goodness answers all these questions in lavish detail, without complex jargon. A complete worldview is presented and defended, covering every subject from knowledge to art, from metaphysics to morality, from theology to politics. Topics include free will, the nature of the universe, the meaning of life, and much more, arguing from scientific evidence that there is only a physical, natural world without gods or spirits, but that we can still live a life of love, meaning, and joy.

Is God Just a Human Invention

Is God Just a Human Invention
Author: Sean McDowell,Jonathan Morrow
Publsiher: Kregel Publications
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2011-03-24
ISBN: 0825489652
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Is God Just a Human Invention Book Excerpt:

Sean McDowell and Jonathan Morrow have penned an accessible yet rigorous look at the arguments of the New Atheists. Writing from a distinctively Christian perspective, McDowell and Morrow lay out the facts so that the emerging generation can make up their own mind after considering all the evidence.

Atheist Overreach

Atheist Overreach
Author: Christian Smith
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 192
Release: 2018-09-05
ISBN: 0190880937
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Atheist Overreach Book Excerpt:

In recent years atheism has become ever more visible, acceptable, and influential. Atheist apologists have become increasingly vociferous and confident in their claims: that a morality requiring benevolence towards all and universal human rights need not be grounded in religion; that modern science disproves the existence of God; and that there is nothing innately religious about human beings. In Atheist Overreach, Christian Smith takes a look at the evidence and arguments, and explains why we ought to be skeptical of these atheists' claims about morality, science, and human nature. He does not argue that atheism is necessarily wrong, but rather that its advocates are advancing crucial claims that are neither rationally defensible nor realistic. Their committed worldview feeds unhelpful arguments and contributes to the increasing polarization of today's political landscape. Everyone involved in the theism-atheism debates, in shared moral reflection, and in the public consumption of the findings of science should be committed to careful reasoning and rigorous criticism. This book provides readers with the information they need to participate more knowledgably in debates about atheism and what it means for our society.

The Atheist Bus Campaign

The Atheist Bus Campaign
Author: Steven Tomlins,Spencer Bullivant
Publsiher: BRILL
Total Pages: 424
Release: 2016-10-31
ISBN: 900432853X
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Atheist Bus Campaign Book Excerpt:

This volume offers a novel approach to the study of religion and secularity by using a singular micro-level event – a bus campaign – to explore issues pertaining to the status of religion and the regulation of nonreligion in various national settings.

Proving God Exists

Proving God Exists
Author: Ken Levi
Publsiher: Ken Levi
Total Pages: 162
Release: 2021-05-09
ISBN: 137064986X
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Proving God Exists Book Excerpt:

God is real. The evidence is solid and extensive. It’s not based on blind faith or wishful thinking, but on hard science. The starting point is to strip away layers of mysticism and superstition surrounding the question of a Supreme Being; then, to ask: what do we really mean by “God”? How can we describe Him? What evidence do we have such a Being exists? In addressing these questions, the book relies on physics and cosmology; on Relativity, Quantum Mechanics, String Theory, Black Hole Theory, Thermodynamics, Loop Quantum Gravity, and others. Ultimately, the scientific evidence leads to a provocative conclusion: the ubiquity of a Universal Mind.

Mom Dad I m an Atheist

Mom  Dad  I m an Atheist
Author: David G. McAfee
Publsiher: Ockham Publishing Group
Total Pages: 167
Release: 2022-06-29
ISBN: 1839190132
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Mom Dad I m an Atheist Book Excerpt:

This essential guide to coming-out as a non-believer has been written to make it easier for atheists, agnostics, freethinkers, and non-believers of all ages and backgrounds to be open about their non-religiosity while minimizing the negative interactions in familial, social, and professional circles. As a survival guide for non-believers who wish to come out, this book provides advice and resources for those interested in publicly rejecting religious dogma as well as real stories from non-believers who have experienced coming-out to less-than-supportive family or friends. Whether you’re new to disbelief and looking for the cleanest possible break from your former faith or you’re a lifelong atheist who wants to establish a sense of community with like-minded people, this guide provides useful resources including:tips for handling potential conflicts with believers, the author’s answers to some of the most frequently asked questions on behalf of believers, and numerous references to support groups, services, and advocacy organizations dedicated to non-theists. From dealing with grief from a secular perspective to handling potential clashes in religious worldviews between significant others, this book offers multiple perspectives from non-religious individuals who have generously shared their experiences to help those atheists who may find themselves in similar situations.

Playing Games with God How to Avoid Shallow Youth Ministries and Find a Biblical Group for Your Kids

Playing Games with God  How to Avoid Shallow Youth Ministries and Find a Biblical Group for Your Kids
Author: Sam Magdalein
Publsiher: Lulu.com
Total Pages: 264
Release: 2016-08-31
ISBN: 1365303632
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Playing Games with God How to Avoid Shallow Youth Ministries and Find a Biblical Group for Your Kids Book Excerpt:

Just like all schools are not the same, all youth groups are not the same. But how can parents know that their kids are going to a good, Biblical youth ministry? And what makes a group ""Biblical""? In "Playing Games with God," Sam Magdalein lays out a simple framework that parents can use when searching for and examining a youth group for their teens. But what about modern youth ministries? Parents may have a feeling that something is wrong in these churches, but can't quite put their finger on the problem. Sam includes a thorough examination of the foundations, philosophies, drivers, and everyday practices of modern youth groups. Using numerous quotes from youth ministry seminary textbooks, lessons plans from youth ministry conferences, ministry resource books, and articles, you'll read in their own words what modern churches are actually doing with our kids.

God and the Grounding of Morality

God and the Grounding of Morality
Author: Kai Nielsen
Publsiher: University of Ottawa Press
Total Pages: 230
Release: 1997-10-17
ISBN: 077661603X
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

God and the Grounding of Morality Book Excerpt:

These essays make a single central claim: that human beings can still make sense of their lives and still have a humane morality, even if their worldview is utterly secular and even if they have lost the last vestige of belief in God. "Even in a self-consciously Godless world life can be fully meaningful," Nielsen contends.

Should God Get Tenure

Should God Get Tenure
Author: David W. Gill
Publsiher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Total Pages: 262
Release: 2020-04-14
ISBN: 1725265494
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Should God Get Tenure Book Excerpt:

During the twentieth century, theological and religious perspectives have been marginalized, if not utterly excluded in many of our colleges and universities. The essays in this book argue in different ways for the critical, appreciative inclusion of theological and religious perspectives in higher education. The contributors believe that even in our secular, religiously disestablished era, religion and God continue to occupy an important and dynamic role in personal and social life. If our colleges and universities are to fulfill their higher aspirations of educating whole persons for the real world in all of its diversity and challenge, we need to go bravely against the flow and “give God tenure.”

Atheism For Dummies

Atheism For Dummies
Author: Dale McGowan
Publsiher: John Wiley & Sons
Total Pages: 384
Release: 2013-03-18
ISBN: 111850920X
Category: Philosophy
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Atheism For Dummies Book Excerpt:

The easy way to understand atheism and secular philosophy For people seeking a non-religious philosophy of life, as well as believers with atheist friends, Atheism For Dummies offers an intelligent exploration of the historical and moral case for atheism. Often wildly misunderstood, atheism is a secular approach to life based on the understanding that reality is an arrangement of physical matter, with no consideration of unverifiable spiritual forces. Atheism For Dummies offers a brief history of atheist philosophy and its evolution, explores it as a historical and cultural movement, covers important historical writings on the subject, and discusses the nature of ethics and morality in the absence of religion. A simple, yet intelligent exploration of an often misunderstood philosophy Explores the differences between explicit and implicit atheism A comprehensive, readable, and thoroughly unbiased resource As the number of atheists worldwide continues to grow, this book offers a broad understanding of the subject for those exploring atheism as an approach to living.