Why I Am Not a Christian and Other Essays on Religion and Related Subjects

Why I Am Not a Christian and Other Essays on Religion and Related Subjects

Dedicated as few men have been to the life of reason, Bertrand Russell has always been concerned with the basic questions to which religion also addresses itself -- questions about man's place in the universe and the nature of the good life, questions that involve life after death, morality, freedom, education, and sexual ethics. He brings to his treatment of these questions the same courage, scrupulous logic, and lofty wisdom for which his other work as philosopher, writer, and teacher has been famous. These qualities make the essays included in this book perhaps the most graceful and moving presentation of the freethinker's position since the days of Hume and Voltaire.

"I am as firmly convinced that religions do harm as I am that they are untrue," Russell declares in his Preface, and his reasoned opposition to any system or dogma which he feels may shackle man's mind runs through all the essays in this book, whether they were written as early as 1899 or as late as 1954.

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. In an Appendix, Professor Edwards contributes a full account of the highly controversial "Bertrand Russell Case" of 1940, in which 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, he will find this book an invigorating challenge to set notions, a masterly statement of a philosophical position, and a pure joy to read.

Title:Why I Am Not a Christian and Other Essays on Religion and Related Subjects
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780671203238
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  • Lisa

    "Why I Am Not A Christian?"If I ask myself that question, the answer will be: "I am not a Christian because I read the Bible, both Old and New Testament, from cover to cover, and consider it complete ...

  • Ahmad Sharabiani

    Why I Am Not a Christian and Other Essays on Religion and Related Subjects, Bertrand RussellWhy I Am Not a Christian is an essay by the British philosopher Bertrand Russell. Originally a talk given 6 ...

  • Manny

    [Original review, Mar 1 2016]_____________________[Update, Dec 21 2019]In the interests of balance, here's the editorial from this week's edition of Christianity Today:Trump Should Be Removed from Off...

  • -uht!

    By the time I read this book, I was already not a Christian, but it was still hard for me to read. It was kinda like accidentally figuring out a magician's trick. You knew he wasn't *really* doing mag...

  • Florencia

    You just have to read this. Even if you are a Christian, you should read about every point of view, to form or change (or not) your own. Russell explains complicated things which such clarity, a littl...

  • Craig

    After reading most of the "new Atheist" books -- I read the ones by Sam Harris, Daniel Dennett, and Christopher Hitchens -- this old one by Betrand Russell is still miles better than they. To be sure,...

  • Alex

    I love these essays! Russell never argues that faith is impossible, but makes it clear why he doesn't have it. (I cannot believe in a god who, given an infinite universe and millions of years in which...

  • Kevin Shepherd

    "One of the works of literature for which [Russell] was awarded the Nobel Prize is a widely read essay first delivered as a lecture in 1927 entitled, 'Why I Am Not a Christian.' ...I haven't forgotten...

  • Matthew

    I probably would have liked this book a lot more if I had read it when I was younger, but now I find Russell's critique of religion profoundly disappointing. For a logician and philosopher of his cali...

  • LJ

    WHY I AM NOT A CHRISTIAN...- ExRussell, BertrandDedicated as few men have been to the life of reason, Bertrand Russell has always been concerned with the basic questions to which religion also address...