By Russell Blackford, Udo Schuklenk

ISBN-10: 1444307991

ISBN-13: 9781444307993

50 Voices of Disbelief: Why we're Atheists offers a suite of unique essays drawn from a global team of favourite voices within the fields of academia, technology, literature, media and politics who provide conscientiously thought of statements of why they're atheists.

includes a actually overseas forged of members, starting from public intellectuals akin to Peter Singer, Susan Blackmore, and A.C. Grayling, novelists, similar to Joe Haldeman, and heavyweight philosophers of faith, together with Graham Oppy and Michael Tooley

Contributions variety from rigorous philosophical arguments to hugely own, even whimsical, bills of ways every one of those impressive thinkers have come to reject faith of their lives

more likely to have huge attraction given the present public fascination with non secular concerns and the reception of such books because the God myth and the top of religion

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On the basis of the one biblical text they clung to (Matthew 25), they concluded that justice obviously consisted in feeding the poor, etc. Now this, too, is good tbeoretically. But we have seen that different groups of the poor are dealt with differently. Moreover, this conception of justice leads to assimilating the cause of the poor with socialism. So European Christians rush into the socialist camp in the belief that socialism assures justice. And then they accept the means socialism uses to establish justicenamely, the violent tactics described above.

So this is not a good method of seeking an answer to our question. I believe that the first thing the Christian must do in relation to problems of social ethics is to be completely realistic, to get as clear and exact an understanding of the facts as possible. Realism is the necessary basis for Christian thinking on society. ) By realism I mean two things: first, seeing the facts as they are and grasping them thoroughly, without evasion or illusion, without recoiling in fear or horror as it becomes evident what the result of some trend is likely to be.

64 Violence "No one can deny that our social and economic reality is terribly unjust and unbalanced, that change in our vitiated structures is mandatory, and that it is necessary first of all to change the mentality of our fellow citizens. " "Is not this," asks Father Melville, "a case of obvious and prolonged tyranny? If the situation described by the Guatemalan bishops (who indeed are not fully aware of all the evils rife in the country) is not a tyranny, then I say that St. " "The United States," Father Melville continues, 11 supports the Guatemalan army in order to maintain the status quo.

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