Author(s): Bertrand Russell
'Why I am not a Christian' is considered one of the most blasphemous philosophical documents ever written, and at a time when we have faith schools and wars over religious beliefs, its message today couldn't be more relevant. If religion provides comfortable responses to the questions that have always beset humankind - why are we here, what is the point of being alive, how ought we to behave - then Russell snatches that comfort away, leaving us instead with other, more troublesome alternatives; responsibility, autonomy, self-awareness. If it were possible to sum up this book in a sentence, then it would be that the time to live is now, the place to live is here, and the way to be happy is to ensure others are happy. And what it all boils down to, is that disbelief is but a matter of believing.
1. Why I am not a Christian 2. Has Religion Made Useful Contributions to Civilisation? 3. Do We Survive Death? 4. Seems, Madam? Nay, it is 6. On Catholic and Protestant Sceptics 7. Life in the Middle Ages 8. The Fate of Thomas Paine 9. Nice People 10. The New Generation 11. Our Sexual Ethics 12. Freedom and the Colleges 13. The Existence of God - a debate between Bertrand Russell and F.C. Copleston, SJ. 14. Can Religion Cure our Troubles? 15. Religion and Morals.