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Why I Am Not a Christian and Other Essays on Religion and Related Subjects (Original 1957; 1967. Auflage)

von Bertrand Russell (Autor)

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While its tone is playful and frivolous, this book poses tough questions over the nature of religion and belief. 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? Russell snatches that comfort away, leaving us instead with other, more troublesome alternatives: responsibility, autonomy, self-awareness. He tells us 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.… (mehr)
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Titel:Why I Am Not a Christian and Other Essays on Religion and Related Subjects
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Warum ich kein Christ bin. Von der Unfreiheit der Christenmenschen. von Bertrand Russell (1957)

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  Murtra | Oct 9, 2020 |
I enjoyed this book. A lot of the things Russell states about religion resonates with me.

Included in this volume are a number of essays and an appendix that deals with the Bertrand Russell case where he was denied a job at City College of New York because of his writings. ( )
  Floyd3345 | Jun 15, 2019 |
“Why I Am Not A Christian” is a collection of Bertrand Russell’s thoughts on religion. This collection includes 14 articles, essays, lectures, and debates where Russell takes on aspects of religion. The collection opens with the title lecture, “Why I am not a Christian” which is perhaps the talk for which Bertrand Russell is best know. Originally delivered on March 6th, 1927, Russell goes through all aspects of what he means by Christian, his views on the arguments for the existence of God, a discussion of Christ and his teachings, and more.
Other titles of topics covered include: “Has Religion Made Useful Contributions to Civilisation?”, “Do We Survive Death?”, “On Catholic and Protestant Sceptics”, “Life in the Middle Ages”, The Fate of Thomas Paine”, and many more. When reading this collection, it is easily noted that there are big differences between Bertrand Russell and the more recent works by Hitchens, Dawkins, Harris, Ali, etc. Russell is a philosopher, and so if you were to compare him with any of the current people who are proponents of atheism, it would be Daniel Dennett. Even there though, Dennett has a more scientific angle in his discussions than Russell.
The appendix of the book discusses the actions taken to prevent Russell from teaching at the College of the City of New York. This is worth reading, because it is a good reminder of how atheists used to be treated in society. It is important to note that it was not the view of all religious people that Russell should be prevented from teaching at the college, in fact I would guess that it was a minority that held that view. There were several defenders of Russell who were religious, but it was those who loudly denounced Russell and mischaracterised his views who were able to carry the day in court, due to a sympathetic judge, and then proceeded to affectively block the ability to overturn the decision. The entire story is a big reminder of the damage which can be done by religious zealots. It also includes perhaps one of Russell’s greatest quotes which applies to today as well as it did at the time: “In a democracy, it is necessary that people should learn to endure having their sentiments outraged…” ( )
1 abstimmen dave_42 | Apr 5, 2019 |
evastating in its use of cold logic,” (The Independent), the classic essay collection that expresses the freethinker’s views to religion and challenges set notions in today’s society from one of the most influential intellectual figures of the twentieth century.

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.
  aitastaes | Dec 30, 2018 |
To be precise, I read only the title essay, plus one other, but that was plenty to chew. Much here to commend and agree with; but on the whole, I'm not persuaded to abandon my faith, idiosyncratic though it may be. I have not the time, inclination, or mental firepower to attempt a rebuttal, by any means; nonetheless, a couple of observations. 1. Despite his cynicism, Russell displays unbounded faith in the infinite progress of science and the perfectibility of humankind, neither of which I share, and neither of which have been well borne out, I think, by any understanding of recent history; 2. He repeatedly disdains a belief in God as "wishing for a kind of older brother who can protect us," or something along those lines -- I forget the exact language. Put that way, of course, it sounds banal: but something like this feeling, this yearning for a sense of shelter, for the loan of courage, for some sign of the potentiality of a greater justice or force for good, seems to me very human, and not at all ignoble or craven. Looking within oneself for all the answers, attempting to be completely self-contained, seems to me both arrogant and kind of pathetic, in a sense. I do not doubt that Lord Russell would heartily have disagreed. ( )
  MikeLindgren51 | Aug 7, 2018 |
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Science can teach us, and I think our hearts can teach us, no longer to look around for imaginary supporters, no longer to invent allies in the sky, but rather to look to our own efforts here below to make the world a fit place to live.
I do not pretend to be able to prove that there is no God. I equally cannot prove that Satan is a fiction. The Christian god may exist; so may the gods of Olympus, or of ancient Egypt, or of Babylon. But no one of these hypotheses is more probable than any other: they lie outside the region of even probable knowledge, and therefore there is no reason to consider any of them.
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I do not myself feel that any person who is really profoundly humane can believe in everlasting punishment.
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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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