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The God Argument: The Case Against Religion and for Humanism by [Grayling, A. C.]
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A lucid, informative and admirably accessible account of the atheist-secular-humanist position (New Statesman)

Precise and incisive . Mr Grayling is a talented apologist. His brand of humanism comes across as sensible, reasonable and characterized by generosity of spirit that is often absent from religious structures, many of which involve compiling lists of what is forbidden and dreaming up creatively horrendous punishments for those who fall short (Economist)

A calm and intelligent look at different religions and their various arguments for the existence of their gods (Daily Mail)

Grayling writes with clarity, elegance and the occasional aphoristic twist ... straight alpha material (Independent on Towards The Light)

There is an immense depth of human wisdom on display here, and five minutes with any passage will have you contemplating all day (Independent on The Good Book)

Undeniably thought-provoking (The Sunday Times)

Professor Grayling himself neatly exemplifies the values of calm rationality which are at the heart of Stoicism, and which influenced early Christian thought (Church Times)

Debunks the teleological, ontological and cosmological arguments employed throughout Christendom for the literal existence of God . Those looking for a succinct analysis of these centuries old debates will appreciate Grayling's insights (Washington Post)

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The first book to deal with all the arguments against religion and, equally important, to put forward an alternative - humanism

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 289 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing; 1 edition (14 Mar. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009S7WB9O
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 48 customer reviews
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By Hande Z TOP 500 REVIEWER on 25 Mar. 2013
Format: Hardcover
There has been a growing concern, bordering on fear, of what religious groups have labelled "The New Atheism". The proponents upon which that label has been pinned are "Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, Daniel Dennett, and Sam Harris. A previous reviewer, full of Christian charity, hopes to discredit Grayling by casting him together with Dawkins and Hitchens, and claiming that Grayling does not introduce "enough interesting new ideas to satisfy someone who has read "The God Delusion" or "God is Not Great" (written by Dawkins and Hitchens respectively). That is neither a fair nor accurate statement - it is no different from saying that we should find that Rick Warren or any other Christian writer has nothing original to say if we have read the Bible. The allusion by that reviewer is also unfair and unkind to Dawkins and company. Although none of them had called himself a "New Atheist", nonetheless, it is no different from a Christian calling himself a "born-again Christian". Such descriptions can be used by all parties neutrally without aspersions of moral inadequacy.

In the general sense, anyone who thinks about life is a philosopher. Grayling is different only in that he makes philosophy his vocation; Dawkins is a scientist, and Hitchens was a journalist and writer. This is a deep, thoughtful book for intelligent, well-read, and open-minded people who are interested in knowing the case against religion. Grayling does more than that. In the second part of his book he presents an argument for Humanism, of which, contrary to the previous reviewer's claim, Grayling has a great deal to say.
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By Robin Friedman TOP 500 REVIEWER on 13 July 2013
Format: Hardcover
Many individuals have settled their beliefs about religion while many others, including myself, have experienced much doubt throughout life. Those with unsettled views probably have a larger tendency than others to gravitate towards philosophy, which tries to examine and assess broad questions about life and experience. In his new book, "The God Argument: the Case against Religion and for Humanism" (2013), the philosopher A.C. Grayling examines and rejects arguments in favor of religion and religious belief and opts instead for an outlook on life based on humanism. Grayling is professor of philosophy and master of the New College of the Humanities, London. Grayling has written more than 30 books, many of which involve questions about religion and humanism. He is a "public philosopher" in that he writes for lay audiences as well as for technically trained philosophers and addresses questions of immediate philosophical impact as opposed to what are sometimes termed technical questions for specialists. In addition to addressing religion and humanism, Grayling has written studies of Descartes, Berkeley, and Wittgenstein.

The goal of the book is less to change minds than to articulate the reasons which, for Grayling, lead to the rejection of religion and theism. Equally important, Grayling wants to show that the lack of theistic belief does not lead to a meaningless, ethically random life. The case Grayling makes for humanism is as important to his project as the case against religion. Accordingly, the book is in two broad parts, the first of which is titled "Against Religion" while the second is titled, "For Humanism".

Religious belief involves intellectual questions but it also raises questions of emotion, psychology, history and more.
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By Bluecashmere. TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 6 Sept. 2014
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This book should be required reading in every higher education establishment and beyond, even if we have to acknowledge that minds that are firmly closed will resist even the most powerful of intellectual crow bars.

In the beautifully lucid opening chapters Professor Grayling exposes the delusions involved in religious faith and the enormous damage caused by those in power who have used these delusions to gull, manipulate, torture and kill huge numbers of people throughout the centuries. By no means does he deny the extraordinary contributions to art, nor the psychological comforts that religion has afforded. Simply, he sets these against the price that has been paid and offers us the higher value of truth. Much of what is argued may not, in itself be new, but it cannot be said too often and Professor Grayling argues his case with style and conviction. The case against religion is incontrovertible. Here the author sweeps away the lame arguments that are still advanced to defend the indefensible. It is indeed a “boxing match with jelly”, but Grayling cuts through the amorphous with razor sharp logic.

The second section of the book, where Grayling takes on the ontological and cosmological arguments is denser, rather more of a challenge for the reader not trained in, or familiar with, the terminology and methods of academic philosophy. It is though well worth the effort, and here again the emphasis is on practical implications and not devoted to theoretical issues removed from our lives in the real world. We are still not far from the fire-breathing dragon in the garage and Twain’s maxim that “faith is believing what you know aint so”.
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