Why I Am Not a Christian, and Other Essays on Religion and Related Subjects

Why I Am Not a Christian, and Other Essays on Religion and Related Subjects

Why I Am Not a Christian, and Other Essays on Religion and Related Subjects

Why I Am Not a Christian, and Other Essays on Religion and Related Subjects

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Bertrand Russell has been a prolific writer all his life and some of his best work is contained in little pamphlets and in articles contributed to various periodicals. This is especially true of his discussions of religion, many of which are little known outside certain rationalist circles. In the present volume I have collected a number of these essays on religion as well as some other pieces, like the articles on Freedom and the Colleges and Our Sexual Ethics, which are still of great topical interest.

Although he is most honored for his contributions to such purely abstract subjects as logic and the theory of knowledge, it is a fair guess that Russell will be equally remembered in years to come as one of the great heretics in morals and religion. He has never been a purely technical philosopher. He has always been deeply concerned with the fundamental questions to which religions have given their respective answers--questions about man's place in the universe and the nature of the good life. He has brought to his treatment of these questions the same incisiveness, wit and eloquence, and he has expressed himself in the same sparkling prose, for which his other works are famous. These qualities make the essays included in this book perhaps the most moving and the most graceful presentation of the freethinker's position since the days of Hume and Voltaire.

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