Voices of Unbelief: Documents from Atheists and Agnostics, 1st Edition

  • Dale McGowan
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  • ISBN-10: 1598849794
  • ISBN-13: 9781598849790
  • DDC: 211.8
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 280 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2012 | Published/Released April 2013
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2012

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Voices of Unbelief: Documents from Atheists and Agnostics is the first anthology to provide comprehensive, annotated readings on atheism and unbelief expressly for high school and college students. This diverse compilation brings together letters, essays, diary entries, book excerpts, blogs, monologues, and other writings by atheists and agnostics, both through the centuries and across continents and cultures.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Selective Chronology of the History of Religious Unbelief.
1: Unbelief in the Ancient World.
2: Atheism in Ancient Judea—Psalm 14:1.
3: Unbelief in Ancient China—Xun Zi (Third Century BCE).
4: Unbelief in Ancient India—The Bārhaspatya-Sūtras (Third Century BCE).
5: Atheism and Agnosticism in Ancient Greece and Rome (Second Century BCE–Second Century CE).
6: The “Middle Ages” in Four Cultures.
7: Unbelief in Medieval India—Mahapurana of Jinasena (Ninth Century CE).
8: The Unbeliever in Islam—Ibn al-Rawāndī (Persia, ca. 815–ca. 860).
9: A Continuing Thread of Doubt in China—Chang Tsai (1020–1077).
10: Inquisition Interrogations from the Fournier Register (France, 1318–1325).
11: Age of Enlightenment.
12: A Clandestine Manuscript—Toland's (?) Treatise of the Three Impostors (ca. 1680s).
13: “War Song of an Atheist Priest”—The Testament of Jean Meslier (1729).
14: Atheism in Prerevolutionary France—Baron d'Holbach's Good Sense (1772).
15: The 19th Century.
16: “Thro' Deficiency of Proof”—Shelley's The Necessity of Atheism (1811).
17: “What Does She Believe?”—Frances Wright's Lectures (1828–1829).
18: “Sit Down before Fact as a Little Child”—T. H. Huxley's Letter to Rev. Kingsley (1860).
19: “A Defence of Atheism” on the Eve of War—Ernestine Rose (1861).
20: “The Great Agnostic”—Robert Green Ingersoll (1896).
21: Feminism and Freethought—Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1885).
22: Erasing Unbelief—Charles Darwin's Autobiography (1887, 1958).
23: An Atheist in Parliament—Charles Bradlaugh's “Humanity's Gain from Unbelief” (1889).
24: The 20th Century.
25: Unbelief in the Heartland—Letters to the Blue Grass Blade (1903).
26: The “Most Hated Woman in America”—Emma Goldman and “The Philosophy of Atheism” (1916).
27: A New Meaning for “God”—John Dewey's A Common Faith (1934).
28: An Atheist in the Halls of Power—Jawaharlal Nehru (1936).
29: “Am I an Atheist or an Agnostic?”—Bertrand Russell (1947).
30: “The Unholy Mrs. Knight”—Margaret Knight's “Morals Without Religion” (1955).
31: “You May Call Me an Agnostic”—Interviews and Correspondence of Albert Einstein on Religion (1930–1950S).
32: “An Atheist with Gandhi”—Gora (1951).
33: An Atheist in Auschwitz—Primo Levi (1959).
34: Religion Without God—Sherwin Wine's Humanistic Judaism (1978).
35: “The God Hypothesis”—Carl Sagan (1985).
36: A Minister's Farewell to Faith—Dan Barker (1984).
37: Imagining a Humanist Civilization—Corliss Lamont (1992).
38: Religion and Race in the American South—Alice Walker (1997).
39: The Humorists.
40: Twain Laughing, Twain Raging—Thoughts of God (1972) and the Autobiography (2010).
41: Douglas Adams on the Origin of Religion (1998).
42: “Putting on the No-God Glasses”—Julia Sweeney's Letting Go of God (2004).
43: Satire Responds to Pain and Outrage—Brian Keith Dalton's “Mr. Deity and the Planes” (2009).
44: Parody as Protest—The Birth of Pastafarianism (2005).
45: Contemporary Voices.
46: The Passions of Richard Dawkins—“To Live at All Is Miracle Enough” (1998) and “Religion's Misguided Missiles” (2001).
47: Doubt as Catalyst—Jennifer Michael Hecht's Doubt: A History (2003).
48: Voices of Unbelief in 21st-Century Africa—Leo Igwe (Nigeria) and Alan Tacca (Uganda).
49: “Religion Poisons Everything”—Christopher Hitchens's God Is Not Great (2007).
50: Setting One's Own Place at the Table—A Secular “Thought for the Day” (2007).
51: Leaving Islam—Ayaan Hirsi Ali's “How (and Why) I Became an Infidel” (2007).
52: Letter to a Christian Nation—Sam Harris (2006).
53: Turning Attention to Race and Gender—Sikivu Hutchinson's “This Far by Faith?” (2009).
54: “The Defining Statement of World Humanism”—The Amsterdam Declarations of 1952 and 2002.
Selected Bibliography.
About the Author.