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an interesting book about Christianity
on 29 August 2016
This short book presents several essays and articles written by Bertrand Russell concerning the subject of Christianity. The titular essay, originally a lecture from 1927, outlines the general reasons behind Russell's rejection of Christian faith and his acceptance of atheism. The remainder of the articles contribute to the overall theme - addressing specific issues relating to the belief in God.
Throughout, Russell adopts a well-reasoned, clearly argued perspective - and one that is both insightful and interesting to read. Perhaps one of the most fascinating essays is "The Existence of God" - involving a debate between Russell and a Christian priest, exploring the cosmological and philosophical questions ascertaining to the possibility of God's existence. Yet none of these essays in this book are comprehensive: Russell's purpose was to insight thought and entice engagement in a debate concerning religion, not to offer a thorough or systematic denunciation of faith.
The content of this book was written between the 1920's and 1950's - and, in some regards, it's now dated. Many people are today more aware of the limitations and weaknesses of Christian arguments, just as many people are today more willing to question God's existence and the role of the church in society. Yet when Russell proposed the ideas found in this book, many at the time (especially in the USA) considered his views heretical.
Whether you're religious or not, this book is worth reading. I highly recommend it. Note, this item is available new for under £15 - so I suggest looking for the most reasonable seller.