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Atheism (A Brief Insight) by Julian Baggini PDF

By Julian Baggini

Is a existence with out faith one with no values or goal? Julian Baggini emphatically says no. He units out to dispel the myths surrounding atheism and to teach the way it might be either a significant and ethical selection. He at once confronts the failure of formally atheist states within the 20th century, and provides an highbrow case for atheism that rests as a lot on reasoned and confident arguments for its fact as on unfavourable arguments opposed to faith.

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In the imagination of this child, photographed in Ames, Iowa, in 1955, these toy soldiers are as real as any flesh-and-blood humans—so real that they seem capable of marching around the room on their own. The fantasy scenario is possible because human imagination, fortunately or unfortunately, does not follow the process of inductive reasoning, which postulates general principles based on the evidence of particular instances. When it comes to the nature of the universe and the existence of the supernatural, I think it is clear that we have to rely on abductive arguments.

That extra dimension is not only metaphysically extravagant, it also makes the claims for the supernatural less testable than those for naturalism, since the supernatural world is by definition unobservable. It is true that there are those who would consider themselves religious and naturalistic, but I’m not sure to what extent such people really disagree with atheists. The naturalistic world view of the atheist is also more coherent, because it has everything in the universe fitting into one scheme of being.

It does not follow from the fact that we could be wrong that we have no good reasons to think we are right. I am as opposed to dogmatic atheism as anyone, and I am also opposed to dogmatic theism. Indeed, it is my personal view that dogmatic views of any kind are in general more dangerous than the views themselves. Intelligent atheists often have much more in common with undogmatic theists than one might suppose. Arguments to the Best Explanation So far I have argued that atheism is the view best supported by the evidence of experience and that the fact that such conclusive evidence is not watertight is grounds only for rejecting dogmatic belief, not suspending belief altogether and embracing agnosticism.

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