Stenger offers a well-argued defence of the atheist position and a strong rebuttal of its critics.
How new is atheism?Long before the Enlightenment sowed seeds of disbelief in a deeply Christian Europe, atheism was a matter of serious public debate in the Greek world. But history is written by those who prevail, so the lively free-thinking voices of antiquity were mostly suppressed. Tim Whitmarsh brings to life the origins of the secular values at the heart of the modern state, and reveals how atheism and doubt, far from being modern phenomena, have intrigued the human imagination for thousands of years.
Atheism - A Wonderful World Without Religion Throughout human history religions have been a staggeringly powerful force in the hearts and minds of their adherents and in society as a whole. It has moved men and women to inspiring acts of bravery and spurred the creation of some of the most sublime works of art, and arguably has been pivotal in the creation of stable societies and the social order we see today.