Faith in faithlessness

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Roussopoulos, Dimitri

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Asks freethinkers to declare their atheism in defiance of the stigmatization of disbelief.

With the rise of religious fundamentalism worldwide and a new ‘spiritualism’ in North America, expressed disbelief in God or gods has become a taboo once again in the Anglo-American world. In the last few years, however, atheism has witnessed a resurgence exemplified by the best-selling works of Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens.

Faith in Faithlessness is intended to contribute to the reassertion of the legitimacy of godlessness as a philosophical and moral stance. It is a unique anthology that presents a comprehensive selection of writings, by some of the world’s most celebrated thinkers, past and present, who eloquently address the most significant questions concerning religious belief.

Included are essays by Benedict de Spinoza, Diderot, Paul-Henry Thiry D’Holbach, David Hume, Thomas Paine, Percy Bysshe Shelley, John Stuart Mill, George Elliot, W.E.H. Lecky, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Charles Bradlaugh, Anatole France, Charles Darwin, Friedrich Nietzsche, Robert G. Ingersoll, Ludwig Feuerbach, Michael Bakunin, Karl Marx, Emma Goldman, H.L. Mencken, Clarence Darrow, Carl Van Doren, Bertrand Russell, Sigmund Freud, Albert Camus, Albert Einstein, Francis Crick, Gore Vidal, Kai Nielsen, Christine Overall, Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, Michel Onfray, Elizabeth Second Anderson, Tariq Ali, Salman Rushdie, Kurt Vonnegut. Also included are other celebrity atheists and a major resource guide.





      1. Theologico-Political Treatise –

Benedict de Spinoza

      2. Thoughts on Religion –

Denis Diderot

      3. The System of Nature –

Paul-Henry Thiry, Baron d’Holbach

      4. The Natural History of Religion –

David Hume

      5. The Age of Reason –

Thomas Paine

      6. A Refutation of Deism –

Percy Bysshe Shelley

      7. Immortality –

John Stuart Mill

      8. Evangelical Teaching –

George Eliot

      9. The Spirit of Rationalism in Europe –

W.E.H. Lecky

      10. The Christian Church and Women –

Elizabeth Cady Stanton

      11. Humanity’s Gain from Unbelief –

Charles Bradlaugh

      12. Miracle –

Anatole France

      13. Autobiography –

Charles Darwin

      14. The Antichrist –

Friedrich Nietzsche

      15. God and the Constitution –

Robert G. Ingersoll

      16. The Essence of Religion in General –

Ludwig Feuerbach

      17. God and the State –

Michael Bakunin

      18. Contribution to the Critique of Hegel’s Philosophy of Right –

Karl Marx


      19. The Philosophy of Atheism –

Emma Goldman

      20. On the Scopes Trial –

H.L. Mencken

      21. The Lord’s Day Alliance –

Clarence Darrow

      22. Why I Am an Unbeliever –

Clarence Darrow

      23. Is There a God? –

Bertrand Russell

      24. The Claims of Theology –

A.J. Ayer

      25. The UNbelievers and the Christians –

Albert Camus

      26. Science and Religion –

Albert Einstein


      27. Monotheism and Its Discontents –

Gore Vidal

      28. How Is Atheism to Be Characterized? –

Kai Nielsen

      29. Atheism –

Christine Overall

      30. The Atheist Manifesto –

Sam Harris

      31. Why There Almost Certainly Is No God –

Richard Dawkins

      32. Religion as an Original Sin –

Christopher Hitchens

      33. In the Service of the Death Fixation –

Michel Onfray

      34. Thank Goodness! –

Daniel C. Dennett

      35. For the Love of Reason –

Louise M. Anthony

      36. If God Is Dead, Is Everything Permitted? –

Elizabeth Second Anderson

      37. An Atheist Childhood –

Tariq Ali

      A Rapper’s Song –

Greydon Square

      38. Humanism and the Territory of Novelists –

Salman Rushdie

      39. Why My Dog Is Not a Humanist –

Kurt Vonnegut

EPILOGUE: A New Enlightenment: The Second Wave – Dimitrios Roussopoulos


RESOURCE GUIDE from the Website of Richard Dawkins


Celebrity quotes throughout, including from George Bernard Shaw, Voltaire, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Aldous HUxley, Tennessee Williams, Charles Bukowski, Jean-Paul Sartre, Noam Chomsky, Sigmund Freud, Ingmar Bergman, Katharine Hepburn, John Malkovich, Robert Altman, Jodie Foster, Bill Gates, Angelina Jolie, Jack Nicholson, Howard Stern, Isaac Asimov, Woody Allen, Richard Leakey, James Watson, Jean Roddenberry, Gloria Steinem.


DIMITRIOS ROUSSOPOULOS is author and/or editor of some eighteen books.