Atheism: The Case Against God by George H. Smith

By George H. Smith

"Does a god exist? this question has surely been requested, in a single shape or one other, because guy has had the power to speak. . . millions of volumes were written with regards to a god, and the overwhelming majority have responded the questions with a convincing 'Yes!' "

"You are approximately to learn a minority viewpoint."

With this exciting creation, George H. Smith units out to demolish what he considers the main frequent and damaging of all of the myths devised by way of guy - the idea that of a ultimate being. With painstaking scholarship and rigorous arguments, Mr. Smith examines, dissects, and refutes the myriad "proofs" provided by means of theists - the defenses of subtle, specialist theologians, in addition to the typical spiritual layman. He explores the ancient and mental havoc wrought through faith ordinarily - and concludes that non secular trust can't have anyplace within the lifetime of glossy, rational man.

"It isn't really my goal to transform humans to atheism . . . (but to) display that the assumption in God is irrational to the purpose of absurdity. If someone needs to proceed believing in a god, that's his prerogative, yet he can now not excuse his trust within the identify of cause and ethical necessity."

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16-22 (220 BC) he appears as the one who orders the epheboi for the procession to Eleusis and back on the fourteenth of the Boedromion and proclaims the sacrificies of Athena lCClt

See also IG Il/lll2 3 1 65 (3rd cent. AD); 5000 and 5093 which mention a priestess of Helios. 7 (Athenian temple at the Acropolis); 1 . 3 (Piraean temple of Athena and Zeus where the statue of Zeus holds the one of Nike). 3 IG Il/lll2 4747 (Imperial period). Pausanias does not mention the Athenian Nemesis. 2 (the statue of Eirene). 4. 6 IG Il/lll2 5 150 and 5 154 (Imperial period) mention the priests of Hebe; Pausanias describes the altar of Hebe in 1 . 3. 4. 3. , 1 . 1. S. Jones, The Loeb Classical Library 1918 (1978).

Clinton holds the view that by the end of Solon's regime the state was actively interested in the cult and therefore formed the political union. According to him Athens began to promote the Mysteries among other Greek cities at least as early as the first part of the 6th century; this culminated in the 4th century BC and continued throughout the Hellenistic period, pp. 1994, 1 6 1 - 1 63, 168-170. The aetiological function of the hymn is clear with its local Eleusinian colour. It mentions the Eumolpidai and the main outlines of the festival and some of the rites.

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