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, considering atheism historically, philosophically, theologically, sociologically and psychologically. Written in an easily accessible style, the book uses a question and answer format to examine the history of atheism, arguments for and against atheism, the relationship between religion and science, and the issue of the meaning of life-and whether or not one can be a happy and satisfied atheist. Above all, the author stresses that the atheism controversy is not just a matter of the facts, but a matter of burning moral concern, both about the stand one should take on the issues and the consequences of one's commitment.
Table of Contents
AcknowledgementsPrologueChapter One: From the Greeks to the EnlightenmentChapter Two: From the Enlightenment to the PresentChapter Three: StatisticsChapter Four: God and HumansChapter Five: BeliefChapter Six: The Matter of ScienceChapter Seven: Questions for the ChristianChapter Eight: Are there Good Reasons to Believe?Chapter Nine: Alternative ReligionsChapter Ten: Naturalistic ExplanationsChapter Eleven: Is Religion Evil?Chapter Twelve: The Meaningful LifeEnvoiBibliographyIndex