Why I Am Not a Christian

Why I Am Not a Christian

"Why I Am Not a Christian" is an essay by the British philosopher Bertrand Russell hailed by "The Independent" as "devastating in its use of cold logic," [ [http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0415325102 Amazon entry] ] and listed in the New York Public Library's list of the most influential books of the 20th century. [ [http://www.nypl.org/research/chss/events/booklist.html New York Public Library website] ]


Originally a talk given March 6, 1927 at Battersea Town Hall, under the auspices of the South London Branch of the National Secular Society, it was published that year as a pamphlet and was later published, with other essays, in the book, "Why I Am Not a Christian: And Other Essays on Religion and Related Subjects" (ISBN 0-671-20323-1).


Russell considers a number of logical arguments for the existence of God, including the cosmological argument, the natural-law argument, the teleological argument and moral arguments. He also goes into specifics about Christian theology, alleging defects in Jesus's teaching and his moral character, in particular because Jesus believed in hell and everlasting punishment.

Russell also expresses doubt over the historical existence of Jesus and questions the morality of religion: "I say quite deliberately that the Christian religion, as organized in its churches, has been and still is the principal enemy of moral progress in the world. "cite web |last=Russell |first=Bertrand
url=http://www.positiveatheism.org/hist/russell0.htm| title="Why I Am Not a Christian"| accessdate=2007-04-20
] Russell concludes:

Related works by other authors

*"Why I Am Not a Muslim", by Ibn Warraq, is also critical of the religion in which the author was brought up — in this case, Islam. The author mentions "Why I Am Not a Christian" towards the end of the first chapter, stating that many of its arguments also apply to Islam.
*"Why I Am Not a Hindu", a 1996 book in a similar vein by Kancha Ilaiah, an activist opposed to the Indian caste system.
*"Why I Am Still a Christian" is a book by Catholic theologian Hans Küng, published in 1987.


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