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Why I Am Not a Christian and Other Essays on Religion and Related Subjects (1957)

by Bertrand Russell

Other authors: Paul Edwards (Editor)

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Good, clear writing; ideas that sound very current (for better or worse, the discussion has not changed much in 60 - 80 years); a lot to recommend this fairly short read.

Purely for historical reasons, it was interesting to read the last portion of the book concerning the furor over Russell's appointment to a professorship in New York, and the social, political and (extra-) legal wranglings to keep him from "corrupting the youth." It serves as a reminder how much things have changed, and how quickly; and how much is at risk today in parts, geographically and otherwise, of the country that seem so ready to rush into a reversal of liberal ideals. ( )
  dcunning11235 | May 21, 2014 |
I read this book many years ago when I was an agnostic who was still trying to figure out the great mysteries of Christianity. Even now, I question all of the things that I was taught as a child, but that is another story entirely. I certainly understand Russell's thoughts and opinions, though I may be inclined to disagree with a few of them. Nevertheless, he works desperately to prove his point, and that part cannot be ignored. I think he was a man who long sought to find the truth, and this book takes us down that search right along with him. ( )
  sealford | Dec 30, 2013 |
Il libro è una interessante raccolta di saggi, scritti nei primi decenni del ventesimo secolo, e proprio per questo molti concetti si ripetono. In molti punti lo trovo abbastanza datato per la civiltà occidentale: non credo che ci siano ancora genitori che bastonano i figli (anche se a volte ce ne sarebbe bisogno), la chiesa ormai non può più istituire processi per offesa alla morale religiosa, anche se continua ad interferire nella vita politica e ad instillare credenze superstiziose nella mente delle masse, per non parlare delle perversioni del clero cattolico costretto all'innaturale astensione sessuale. Interessante il saggio sulle differenze tra i liberi pensatori di origine cattolica o protestante anche se ormai direi che le differenze siano andate a scomparire. Mi trova pienamente d'accordo nel capitolo, più che utopistico, "La nuova generazione" dove propugna l'abolizione della famiglia e delega l'istruzione e la formazione dei bambini ad uno stato illuminato e laico. L'unico sistema, secondo me, per annullare le differenze sociali e per giungere ad una società realmente meritocratica. Inavvicinabile per me, purtroppo, la disquisizione filosofica sull'esistenza di dio, tra lui e padre Copleston. ( )
  SergioPerkunas | Apr 10, 2013 |
Una raccolta diseguale di articoli e brevi saggi del grande filosofo scienziato Russell. Quello che da il titolo all'antologia è sicuramente interessante e meritorio di essere letto ancora oggi, nonostante i quasi 70 anni trascorsi dalla sua stesura. Alla lunga però il tutto risulta ripetitivo e stancante, il livello di attenzione necessariamente subisce un brusco calo. Non si può certo pretendere di più da un progetto così poco organico, che comunque ha dei momenti veramente felici di riflessione e scrittura. Nel complesso però il mio giudizio resta tiepido. Sicuramente oggi sul mercato si può trovare di meglio, su tutti "L'illusione di Dio" di Richard Dawkins ( )
  Zeruhur | May 26, 2012 |
Una raccolta diseguale di articoli e brevi saggi del grande filosofo scienziato Russell. Quello che da il titolo all'antologia è sicuramente interessante e meritorio di essere letto ancora oggi, nonostante i quasi 70 anni trascorsi dalla sua stesura. Alla lunga però il tutto risulta ripetitivo e stancante, il livello di attenzione necessariamente subisce un brusco calo. Non si può certo pretendere di più da un progetto così poco organico, che comunque ha dei momenti veramente felici di riflessione e scrittura. Nel complesso però il mio giudizio resta tiepido. Sicuramente oggi sul mercato si può trovare di meglio, su tutti "L'illusione di Dio" di Richard Dawkins ( )
  Zeruhur | May 26, 2012 |
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Edwards, PaulEditorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Alves, MárioTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Barbosa, GasparTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Buratti Cantarelli, TinaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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As your Chairman has told you, the subject about which I am going to speak to you tonight is "Why I Am Not A Christian."
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This work refers to the collection of essays titled Why I Am Not a Christian and Other Essays on Religion and Related Subjects, ed. Paul Edwards, first published in 1957. The contents  of the First British and American editions are slightly different but both belong here. Please do not combine with separate editions of the essay "Why I am not a Christian" or with other collections which contain completely different essays than the ones selected by Paul Edwards.
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Dedicated as few men have been to the life of reason, Bertrand Russell has always been concerned with the basic questions to which religion also addresses itself -- questions about man's place in the universe and the nature of the good life, questions that involve life after death, morality, freedom, education, and sexual ethics. He brings to his treatment of these questions the same courage, scrupulous logic, and lofty wisdom for which his other work as philosopher, writer, and teacher has been famous. These qualities make the essays included in this book perhaps the most graceful and moving presentation of the freethinker's position since the days of Hume and Voltaire.

"I am as firmly convinced that religions do harm as I am that they are untrue," Russell declares in his Preface, and his reasoned opposition to any system or dogma which he feels may shackle man's mind runs through all the essays in this book, whether they were written as early as 1899 or as late as 1954.

The book has been edited, with Lord Russell's full approval and cooperation, by Professor Paul Edwards of the Philosophy Department of New York University. In an Appendix, Professor Edwards contributes a full account of the highly controversial "Bertrand Russell Case" of 1940, in which Russell was judicially declared "unfit" to teach philosophy at the College of the City of New York.

Whether the reader shares or rejects Bertrand Russell's views, he will find this book an invigorating challenge to set notions, a masterly statement of a philosophical position, and a pure joy to read.

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