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Robin Le Poidevin - Arguing for Atheism, 1996

Robin Le Poidevin - Arguing for Atheism, 1996

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Arguing for Atheism
‘Le Poidevin’s
Arguing for Atheism
is the best recent introduction tothe philosophy of religion. Le Poidevin writes in a clear and engagingmanner, without sacrifice of conceptual precision or argumentativedepth. One way his book is distinguished from standard introductionsto the philosophy of religion is the inclusion of some recentdevelopments…. Le Poidevin gives a fair evaluation of both atheismand theism and his book is eminently suitable for courses onphilosophy of religion…He does not merely recapitulate familiar ideasbut introduces original and plausible arguments of his own. I wouldhighly recommend this book to students and professors alike.’
Quentin Smith, Western Michigan University
In
Arguing for Atheism,
Robin Le Poidevin addressses the question of whether theism—the view that there is a personal, transcendent creatorof the universe—solves the deepest mysteries of existence. Philosophicaldefences of theism have often been based on the the idea that it explainsthings which atheistic approaches cannot: for example, why the universeexists, and how there can be objective moral values.The main contention of 
Arguing for Atheism
is that the reverse istrue: that in fact theism fails to explain many things it claims to, whileatheism can explain some of the things it supposedly leaves mysterious.It is also argued that religion need not depend on belief in God.Designed as a text for university courses in the philosophy of religionand metaphysics, this book’s accessible style and numerous explanationsof important philosophical concepts and positions will also make itattractive to the general reader.
Robin Le Poidevin
is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Leeds. He is the author of 
Change, Cause and Contradiction: A Defenceof the Tenseless Theory of Time
(1991) and co-editor, with MurrayMacBeath, of 
The Philosophy of Time
(1993).

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