Published 02/02/2004 by Taylor & Francis Ltd (Routledge) in the United Kingdom as part of the Routledge Classics series
Paperback | 256 pages
Why I Am Not A Christian
“Devastating in its use of cold logic,” (The Independent), the classic essay collection that expresses the freethinker’s views to religion and challenges set notions in today’s society from one of the most influential intellectual figures of the twentieth century.
Dedicated as few men have been to the life of reason, Bertrand Russell has always been concerned with the basic questions. These are questions about man’s place in the universe and the nature of the good life. Additionally, there are questions that involve life after death, morality, freedom, education, and sexual ethics. Why I Am Not A Christian brings to his treatment of these questions for which his other work as philosopher, writer, and teacher has been famous. As a result, these make the essays included in this book perhaps the most graceful and moving presentation of the freethinker’s position throughout Why I Am Not A Christian.
“I am as firmly convinced that religions do harm as I am that they are untrue,” Russell declares in his Preface. Following this, his reasoned opposition to any system or dogma which he feels may shackle man’s mind runs through all the essays in this book. The book has been edited, with Lord Russell’s full approval and cooperation, by Professor Paul Edwards of the Philosophy Department of New York University. Furthermore, in an Appendix, Professor Edwards contributes a full account of the highly controversial “Bertrand Russell Case” of 1940. This was in regard to when Russell was judicially declared “unfit” to teach philosophy at the College of the City of New York. Whether the reader shares or rejects Bertrand Russell’s views, they will find this book an invigorating challenge.
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