Ethical Theory and Moral Practice

, Volume 13, Issue 4, pp 477–482 | Cite as

Russell Blackford and Udo Schüklenk (Eds.), 50 Voices of Disbelief. Why We Are Atheists

Wiley-Blackwell: Malden MA/Oxford/West Sussex, 2009, pp. 346. ISBN-10: 1405190469. £16.99 (paperback), £55 (hardcover).
  • John-Stewart Gordon

Why is it that you are an atheist today? What is it that convinced you that there is no loving, all-powerful, all-knowing God who has created the universe and still spends his time watching over us, his less than perfect creation?” is the key question to which 52 contributors were asked to respond in the volume 50 Voices of Disbelief. Why We Are Atheists, edited by two well-known philosophers and bioethicists, Russell Blackford and Udo Schüklenk. This rather popular scientific volume on the old but re-emerging hot topic of atheism contains 50 new articles of mixed quality written by authors with very diverse professional backgrounds ranging across academia, science, literature, the media, and politics, with one unifying bond—a passionate commitment to atheism. The diverse and in the main quite interesting contributions reach from very personal experiences of “enlightenment” via openly hostile polemic pamphlets and statements to highly academic articles. Whether you are an atheist or...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyQueen’s University KingstonKingstonCanada

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