By Peter L. Berger
So, what do you get an atheist for Christmas? This choice of clever, humorous essays, of course—short works by way of forty two resolutely secular-minded geniuses approximately the way to live on (and even take pleasure in) the vacation season…without feeling the Christmas Spirit circulate you. Editors Robin Harvie and Stephanie Meyers have collected writers, celebrities, comedians, and scientists to bring essays starting from the hilarious to the reflective to the charmingly absurd in The Atheist’s advisor to Christmas, an ideal reward for the Pastafarian who has every little thing, the Scrooge who desires not anything, and somebody else drawn to the varied meanings that Christmas can carry.
By Michael Martin
During this 2007 quantity, eighteen of the world's best students current unique essays on a variety of points of atheism: its historical past, either old and smooth, safety and implications. the subject is tested when it comes to its implications for a variety of disciplines together with philosophy, faith, feminism, postmodernism, sociology and psychology. In its protection, either classical and modern theistic arguments are criticized, and, the argument from evil, and impossibility arguments, in addition to a non non secular foundation for morality are defended. those essays supply a wide figuring out of atheism and a lucid advent to this debatable subject.
By Kenan Malik
The tale of the worldwide look for ethical truths
In this awesome and groundbreaking e-book, Kenan Malik explores the background of ethical idea because it has constructed over 3 millennia, from Homer’s Greece to Mao’s China, from historic India to trendy the United States. It tells the tales of the nice philosophers, and breathes lifestyles into their principles, whereas additionally tough a lot of our so much adored ethical beliefs.
Engaging and provocative, the search for an ethical Compass confronts a few of humanity’s inner most questions. the place do values come from? Is God useful for ethical assistance? Are there absolute ethical truths? It additionally brings morality all the way down to earth, displaying how, all through background, social wishes and political wants have formed ethical considering. it's a heritage of the realm advised during the historical past of ethical inspiration, and a heritage of ethical inspiration that casts new mild on international history.
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By Robert N. McCauley
The conflict among faith and technology, competing tools of figuring out ourselves and our international, has been raging for plenty of centuries. Now scientists themselves are taking a look at cognitive foundations of religion--and arriving at a few dazzling conclusions.
Over the process the previous twenty years, students have hired insights gleaned from cognitive technological know-how, evolutionary biology, and similar disciplines to light up the examine of faith. In Why faith is common and technological know-how Is Not, Robert N. McCauley, one of many founding fathers of the cognitive technology of faith, argues that our minds are greater fitted to non secular trust than to medical inquiry. Drawing at the most recent examine and illustrating his argument with common sense examples, McCauley argues that faith has existed for plenty of millions of years in each society as the different types of reasons it presents are exactly the forms that come certainly to human minds. technology, however, is a way more contemporary and infrequent improvement since it reaches radical conclusions and calls for one of those summary considering that in basic terms arises continuously lower than very particular social stipulations. faith makes intuitive feel to us, whereas technological know-how calls for loads of paintings. McCauley then attracts out the bigger implications of those findings. The naturalness of faith, he indicates, signifies that technology poses no actual chance to it, whereas the unnaturalness of technology places it in an incredibly precarious place.
Rigorously argued and skillfully written, this provocative e-book will entice someone drawn to the continuing debate among faith and technology, and within the nature and workings of the human mind.
By Mary Midgley
In line with The parent, Midgley is 'the most excellent scourge of clinical pretentions during this state; somebody whose wit is trendy even via those that cost she occasionally oversteps the mark'. This e-book examines how technological know-how involves be used in its place for faith and issues out how badly that position distorts it. Her argument is perfectly insightful: a punch, compelling, energetic indictment of those misuses of science. either the publication and its writer are precise classics of our time.
By Karen Armstrong
"An admirable and bold paintings of synthesis that might supply perception and delight to hundreds of thousands of lay readers."
THE WASHINGTON submit ebook WORLD
In this stunningly clever ebook, Karen Armstrong, one in all Britain's premiere commentators on non secular affairs, lines the background of ways women and men have perceived and skilled God, from the time of Abraham to the current. From classical philsophy and medieval mysticism to the Reformation, the Enlightenment, and the fashionable age of skepticism, Karen Armstrong plays the close to miracle of distilling the highbrow background of monotheism into one fantastically readable quantity, destined to take its position as a vintage.
By Ian N. Gregory
Ireland’s panorama is marked via fault strains of spiritual, ethnic, and political id that experience formed its afflicted historical past. Geographies maps this heritage via detailing the styles of switch in eire from sixteenth century makes an attempt to "plant" parts of eire with dependable English Protestants to guard opposed to threats posed by means of indigenous Catholics, throughout the violence of the latter a part of the 20 th century and the increase of the "Celtic Tiger." The e-book is anxious with how a geography laid down within the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries resulted in an amalgam according to spiritual trust, ethnic/national identification, and political conviction that maintains to form the geographies of recent eire. bothered Geographies exhibits how alterations in non secular association, id, and territoriality have impacted Irish society in this interval. It explores the reaction of society mostly and faith specifically to significant cultural shocks comparable to the Famine and to long-term tactics akin to urbanization.
By J. Anderson Thomson
During this groundbreaking quantity, J. Anderson Thomson, Jr., MD, with Clare Aukofer, bargains a succinct but accomplished research of the way and why the human brain generates spiritual trust. Dr. Thomson, a hugely revered training psychiatrist with credentials in forensic psychiatry and evolutionary psychology, methodically investigates the elements and motives of non secular trust within the comparable method any scientist might examine the circulate of astronomical our bodies or the evolution of lifestyles over time—that is, as a merely traditional phenomenon. delivering compelling proof from psychology, the cognitive neurosciences, and similar fields, he, with Ms. Aukofer, provides an simply available and particularly convincing case that god(s) have been created through man—not vice versa. With this narrow quantity, Dr. Thomson establishes himself as a must-read philosopher and best voice at the primacy of cause and technological know-how over superstition and faith.
By S. Jason Black, Christopher S Hyatt
For the 1st time, a real handbook of the scary "left-hand path." Braving the hot Witchcraft Panic that has swept the realm, S. Jason Black and Christopher S. Hyatt have written a publication that areas the Western magical tradition--and the Western psyche--in point of view.
Sweeping apart either the ancient fabrications of "neo-paganism" and the rampant psychological affliction of the spiritual correct, Black and Hyatt discover historical past, psychology and anthropology to bare the real "secret doctrine" of Western tradition. This paintings confronts the reader along with his personal fears and inhibitions -- and consists of him past.
Comprehensively illustrated, this quantity includes a distinctive historical past of eu "Black Magic" and comprises new variations of seventeenth and 18th century Grimoires with targeted directions for his or her use.