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Posted by on Aug 20, 2013 in Announcements, Books, Personal, Philosophy, Religion | 3 comments

Kindle edition of 50 GREAT MYTHS ABOUT ATHEISM – now available

Blackford rev 5For anyone who didn’t get the news, the Kindle edition of 50 Great Myths About Atheism was released for a few days ago, and if you want to read it in that format and live somewhere appropriate… it’s available at an excellent price from the main Amazon site.

The hardcover (mainly for university libraries) and paperback versions will also be available soon – early September in the UK and about a month later elsewhere.

For the one or two people who don’t know by now, 50 Great Myths About Atheism responds to many prejudices, libels, misconceptions, and half-truths relating to atheism and atheists. Udo Schuklenk and I give the “myths” as good a run as we can, identifying anything plausible, or any grain of truth, that we can find, while setting the record straight. In a long final chapter, we offer a history of atheist thought and explain why atheism is now the most reasonable answer to the God question.

I know some of my friends already have the book, so I’m looking forward to their feedback. I hope you folks will enjoy it!

Meanwhile, it carries wonderful endorsements:

“It has been my lot to have encountered all but three of the 50 Great Myths about Atheism listed by Blackford and Schüklenk, most of them many times. It is useful to have them all listed in one book – and so readably and authoritatively refuted. The long final chapter treats theological arguments with more respect than I would have bothered with, but the refutation is all the more convincing for that. The whole book builds inexorably to its conclusion: the Reasonableness of Atheism.”

Richard Dawkins, author of The God Delusion

“With humor, wisdom and sound philosophy, Blackford and Schüklenk dismantle 50 important myths about atheism.  In doing so, they have done atheists and religious believers a great service, for putting aside the myths enables us to see where real differences remain.”

Peter Singer, Princeton University

“Atheists are routinely called ‘aggressive,’ but their strong values include a tolerance rarely shown them by the religious. This book’s calm ripostes defend atheists everywhere against unreasoned assaults from the dwindling faithful. ”

Polly Toynbee, The Guardian

“Busted! Fifty times over! So say Blackford and Schüklenk — the New Mythbusters—with reason, conviction and style. I enjoyed this book immensely.”

Graham Oppy, Monash University

“A brilliantly wide-ranging exploration of misconceptions about atheism and their relationship to our ideas about minds, human nature, morality – for pretty much everything we care about.”

Ophelia Benson, co-author of Does God Hate Women?

“This is a book that’s as enjoyable to read as it is informative. Sharp, clever, and witty, it systematically dismantles misconceptions about atheism. Even God could learn something from it!”

Ronald A. Lindsay, President, Center for Inquiry

  • Some very nice endorsements, indeed. Looks yummy!

  • I just noticed: The Amazon page does not list the authors. What gives?

  • RussellBlackford

    Just a glitch, Jason, and we’ve been aware of it. I suppose we should try to get it fixed, but TBH it hasn’t been a terribly high priority among other things. Now that you’ve reminded me, I’ll try to remember to write to the folks at Wiley-Blackwell next week and see if they can get it sorted .