Irreligion

A Mathematician Explains Why the Arguments for God Just Don't Add Up

John Allen Paulos

Hill and Wang

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Are there any logical reasons to believe in God? The 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. Interspersed among these counterarguments are remarks on a variety of irreligious themes, ranging from the nature of miracles and creationist probability to cognitive illusions and prudential wagers. Despite the strong influence of his day job, Paulos says, there isn’t a single mathematical formula in the book.

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Are there any logical reasons to believe in God? Billions of people over thousands of years have entertained this question, and the issue is certainly not without relevance in our world today. The chasms separating literal believers, temperate believers, and outright nonbelievers are deep. There are many who seem to be impressed with the argument that God exists simply because He says He does in a much extolled tome that He allegedly inspired. Many others subscribe with varying degrees of conviction to more sophisticated arguments for God, while atheists and agnostics find none of the

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“Reasoned, cool and concise—a good-natured primer for infidels.” —Kirkus Reviews
 
“[Paulos] is as sure-footed as a tiger as he prowls through the theocratic landscape, pouncing on sloppy thinking. To a large extent he succeeds in demolishing the arguments of believers.” —Phillip Manning, The News & Observer (Raleigh)
 
“[Paulos] knocks the props from under the classic arguments for the existence of God . . . The book is written with a charming skepticism that is not off-putting or arrogant.” —Chuck Warnock, Amicus Dei blog
 
“Few of the recent books on atheism have been worth reading just for wit and style, but this is one of them: Paulos is truly funny.” —Publishers Weekly
 
Irreligion will, I’m confident, take a distinguished place in what one might call the canonical literature of the New Atheism.” —Norman Levitt, eSkeptic

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John Allen Paulos

John Allen Paulos  is a professor of mathematics at Temple University. His books include the bestseller Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences (H&W, 1988), A Mathematician Plays the Stock Market, and A Mathematician Reads the Newspapers.

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Irreligion
A Mathematician Explains Why the Arguments for God Just Don't Add Up
John Allen Paulos

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Hill and Wang
June 2009
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780809059188
ISBN10: 0809059185
5 x 7 1/2 inches, 176 pages, Index
$14.00

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Hill and Wang
December 2007
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ISBN: 9781429957458
ISBN10: 142995745X
5 x 7 1/2 inches, 176 pages, Index
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