Atheism (A Brief Insight) by Julian Baggini

By Julian Baggini

Is a lifestyles with no faith one with out values or goal? Julian Baggini emphatically says no. He units out to dispel the myths surrounding atheism and to teach the way it may be either a significant and ethical selection. He without delay confronts the failure of formally atheist states within the 20th century, and provides an highbrow case for atheism that rests as a lot on reasoned and optimistic arguments for its fact as on destructive arguments opposed to faith.

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No one thinks that love is a special kind of substance—that there is physical stuff and love-stuff Nor does anyone think that love is some kind of physical object. Yet many people believe in love, feel love, give love, and so on. Love is real but it is not a substance. If we have no problem with this thought, why do we have a problem with the idea that minds are real but are not a special kind of mental substance? Many things are real that are not things in the sense of being lumps of stuff, and there is no great metaphysical mystery about that.

However, such personal convictions cannot make for good evidence. People have many deep emotional needs that can contribute to a willingness to believe which in normal circumstances might be considered gullibility, but in the case of bereavement really deserves a more sympathetic name. ” Ghosts are even less convincing, and near-death experiences also fail to provide any good evidence that we can survive death. Even their name—near-death experiences—points to that. The non-atheist at this point is likely to retort with a number of pieces of evidence to which they think the atheist cannot reply.

It just isn’t the case that we always need faith to bridge the gap between proof and belief.

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