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An important book - a must-read for everyone.,
By A Customer
This review is from: Atheism: The Case against God (Skeptic's Bookshelf) (Paperback)
This book changed my life. Sorry to sound so dramatic, but it's true. Before reading this book, I was an agnostic who wanted to believe in a god, but had lost faith in organized religion (after having been very religious for a number of years). After reading this book, I was transformed into an atheist.
It doesn't take long to realize the rationality of Smith's arguments and beliefs. He argues flawlessly and shows just how irrational and illogical theism (belief in a god or gods) is. Being a phiolosopher, he argues primarily from an ethical, individualistic perspective, and points out the massive detrimental effects of theism on the individual, but also mentions the sociological and historical aspects of the case against theism, which affect humanity as a whole.
He comprehensively discredits virtually every argument put forward by theists that they posit as 'evidence' for the existence of god, and reveals the level of presupposition and/or contradiction that always exists in this 'evidence'.
He finishes his book by discussing morals and ethics as 'the science of human values'. He compares and contrasts rational morality (based on consent and reason) with religious morality (based on orders and threats), and shows just how negative the impact of religious morality is on the individual and on society. One is left with the feeling that atheism is really the only reasonable foundation for a just, compassionate world; and one does not need to believe in a supernatural being to lead a happy, meaningful life.