Today’s the day, at least in the US, when 50 Voices of Disbelief: Why We Are Atheists, edited by my mate Russell Blackford and Udo Schüklenk, goes on sale in the US. (The Amazon link is here.)
It’s a very good book, and I recommend it for all of us godless ones — or those who are considering abjuring the divine. I even contributed a cover blurb, “There are many ways to lose one’s faith, but all are enlightening, for a voice of disbelief is a voice of reason. Blackford and Schükklenk have collected 50 stories that not only present the many arguments for atheism but also show that, contrary to popular belief, atheists are just as moral and humane — if not more so –than the faithful.”
The blurb highlights one of the book’s great virtues: it’s far more than just a collection of stories about “How I came to give up God.” Many of the writers describe the philosophical and empirical considerations that led them to atheism. Indeed, the book can be considered a kind of philosophical handbook for atheists. And here are some of the people who contributed: Blackford and Schüklenk themselves, Ophelia Benson, Michael Shermer, James Randi, Sean Carroll (the physics one), Victor Stenger, Anthony Grayling, Susan Blackmore, Peter Singer and Marc Hauser (one chapter), and Laura Purdy. There is a lot of meat here, so buy the book!