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The God Argument

The Case Against Religion and for Humanism
Narrated by: William Roberts
Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
Categories: Non-fiction, Philosophy
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What are the arguments for and against religion and religious belief - all of them - right across the range of reasons and motives that people have for being religious, and do they stand up to scrutiny? Can there be a clear, full statement of these arguments that once and for all will show what is at stake in this debate? Equally important: what is the alternative to religion as a view of the world and a foundation for morality? Is there a worldview and a code of life for thoughtful people - those who wish to live with intellectual integrity, based on reason, evidence, and a desire to do and be good - that does not interfere with people's right to their own beliefs and freedom of expression? In The Case Against Religion, Anthony Grayling offers a definitive examination of these questions, and an in-depth exploration of the humanist outlook that recommends itself as the ethics of the genuinely reflective person.

©2013 A. C. Grayling (P)2013 Audible Inc.

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very poor

This book is full of contradictory arguments. arguing for morality and ethics from an extremely bias and hatred towards religion.
This man thinks humanism is the answer to utopia but it is now and will be the most muderous philosophy known to mankind

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  • Je suis Charlie
  • 26-07-2017

A house divided

While this book gives a good overview of Humanism and it's arguments for anyone who is interested, it's optimism regarding the ability of Atheism, Humanism and Secularism to unite the world where religion has divided, belies an author blissfully or perhaps wilfully ignorant of Atheism+ and Social Justice, or of the various Communist revolutions for that matter. These unfortunate movements represent a living, breathing argument against his position that I do not feel he sufficiently addressed within the text.

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  • R. Roberts
  • 21-04-2015

Worth listening to

Good content well put. Some arguments a bit difficult to follow listening to audiobook, definitely one to be concentrating on.

Arguments for humanism started on the assumption that we all want 'the good life' for ourselves and other people - I wish he had covered the reasons why. ie 'without religion, why do good at all? Why want anyone to be happy?' Of course he quite rightly pointed out that being good to others because you want to is much better than being good to others for fear of punishment by a deity.

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  • Graham Keegan
  • 15-07-2015

Excellent book dreadful narration

Razor sharp insight as one would expect from AC Grayling - an excellent book. The narration leaves a lot to be desired. My theory is that the narrator was given the wrong script at the recording studio and read Gayling's book rather than the Flintstones cartoon he was hired to do.
Buy the paper book not the audio version.

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  • Martin Brown
  • 27-01-2015

American reader otherwise a fantastic book

I got a bit lost in the first part where he discusses why religion isn't necessary as I'm already a non believer. The second part is about why humanism is godd for all of us

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  • Karl
  • 23-11-2014

Humanism...yes please

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes because having discovered Humanism myself and dumping the fears imposed by organised Religion I'd like others to discover what I have....and importantly THINK about it and for themselves.

Who was your favorite character and why?

God is an interesting character but hardly a favourite.

What about William Roberts’s performance did you like?

It was fine but wish AC Grayling would read his books...he has such a great speaking voice as can be seen on You Tube.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Most gods are monsters...if you read about them.

Any additional comments?

Glad I bought it.

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  • Leroy Greene
  • 15-06-2016

hi Tracy As usual I did not have to pay or syour b

loved it and I am looking forward to hearing from you soon as possible because I am pleased with it

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  • P. Evans
  • 08-03-2018

The voice grates

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Love the subject but the voice really really grates. Irritating. I can't abide that sort of voice even more so for an audiobook.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The God Argument?

nothing

What didn’t you like about William Roberts’s performance?

Whiny whingey voice

Was The God Argument worth the listening time?

no

Any additional comments?

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