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Irreligion: A Mathematician Explains Why the Arguments for God Just Don't Add Up
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Hill & Wang Pub
Publication date December 26, 2007
Pages 158
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780809059195
ISBN-10 0809059193
Dimensions 0.75 by 5.25 by 7.75 in.
Weight 0.56 lbs.
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Original list price $20.00
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Summary
The mathematician and best-selling author of Innumeracy argues that there is no logical reason to believe in God, refuting twelve important arguments commonly proposed to prove the existence of God in twelve separate chapters, while offering commentary on such topics as the nature of miracles, cognitive illusions, creationist probability, and more.
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A Lifelong Unbeliever Finds No Reason to Change His Mind
 
Are there any logical reasons to believe in God? Mathematician and bestselling author John Allen Paulos thinks not. In Irreligion he presents the case for his own worldview, organizing his book into twelve chapters that refute the twelve arguments most often put forward for believing in God's existence. The latter arguments, Paulos relates in his characteristically lighthearted style, "range from what might be called golden oldies to those with a more contemporary beat. On the playlist are the firstcause argument, the argument from design, the ontological argument, arguments from faith and biblical codes, the argument from the anthropic principle, the moral universality argument, and others." Interspersed among his twelve counterarguments are remarks on a variety of irreligious themes, ranging from the nature of miracles and creationist probability to cognitive illusions and prudential wagers. Special attention is paid to topics, arguments, and questions that spring from his incredulity "not only about religion but also about others' credulity." Despite the strong influence of his day job, Paulos says, there isn't a single mathematical formula in the book.


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