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A meditation on the importance of atheism in the modern world - and its inadequacies and contradictions - by one of Britain's leading philosophers.

'When you explore older atheisms, you will find some of your firmest convictions - secular or religious - are highly questionable. If this prospect disturbs you, what you are looking for may be freedom from thought.'

For a generation now, public debate has been corroded by a shrill, narrow derision of religion in the name of an often very vaguely understood 'science'. John Gray's stimulating and extremely enjoyable new book describes the rich, complex world of the atheist tradition, a tradition which he sees as in many ways as rich as that of religion itself, as well as being deeply intertwined with what is so often crudely viewed as its 'opposite'.

The result is a book that sheds an extraordinary and varied light on what it is to be human and on the thinkers who have, at different times and places, battled to understand this issue.

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    April 30, 2018

    Allen Lane

    RRP $45.00

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    April 26, 2018

    Penguin eBooks

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Gray's Anatomy
The Soul Of The Marionette
The Silence Of Animals
The Immortalization Commission
Black Mass


The God Delusion
Beyond Good And Evil
The Twilight Of Atheism
The Future of God
At Home In The World
The Case for God
Nothing To Be Frightened Of
Within Reason
The Road Less Travelled And Beyond
The Illusion Of Certainty
Christianity In The Light Of Science
Writing God's Obituary
The Original Atheists
God's Defenders
Science And Nonbelief
The Fallacy Of Fine-Tuning
God & Philosophy
The God Problem
Honest Doubt
Philosophy And Theology In A Burlesque Mode