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By Russell Blackford, Udo Schuklenk

ISBN-10: 1444307991

ISBN-13: 9781444307993

50 Voices of Disbelief: Why we're Atheists provides a set of unique essays drawn from a world team of popular voices within the fields of academia, technology, literature, media and politics who provide conscientiously thought of statements of why they're atheists.

incorporates a really foreign solid of participants, starting from public intellectuals equivalent to Peter Singer, Susan Blackmore, and A.C. Grayling, novelists, equivalent to Joe Haldeman, and heavyweight philosophers of faith, together with Graham Oppy and Michael Tooley

Contributions diversity from rigorous philosophical arguments to hugely own, even whimsical, money owed of the way each one of those extraordinary thinkers have come to reject faith of their lives

more likely to have huge attraction given the present public fascination with non secular matters and the reception of such books because the God myth and the top of religion

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He popularized it through his programmatic method of form criticism in his Die Geschichte der synoptischen Tradition (1921). In the introduction Bultmann refers to Strauss as the first to develop the approach. ” But Bultmann could also have referred to Strauss’s book with a similar name from an earlier period. Both of these monographs continue in Reimarus’ tradition and assess the “authenticity” of Jesus’ words via the criterion of dissimilarity. ”47 This is why one is entitled to conclude that a neutral reconstruction of the emergence of Gospel tradition, which has been considered one of the most important aims of New Testament criticism, has never been completely free from Reimarus’ criticism of religion and his Deistic presuppositions.

52 Räisänen, Tuhat ja yksi tulkintaa, 35. 53 Räisänen, Tuhat ja yksi tulkintaa, 40–41. ” Furthermore, there are historical errors in the Quran. And like Reimarus before, Räisänen too is convinced that the Bible will likewise prove to be just a compilation of human stories about divine things. This is why both of these texts are full of descriptions of impossible events, myths and legends. 54 The existence of these further criteria confirms that, in one way or another, traditional criteria have lived on in biblical criticism, regardless of the relation between Reimarus and Räisänen.

40 For Reimarus, the New Testament is a corrupt writing. It is like the Quran of the medieval apologists: a religious fake where Jesus has been made the center of the religion artificially. This is the motivation also behind the effort to create mysterious legends about him. In the context of this kind of setting the task of a scientific reading of the New Testament and a historical investigation of particular texts is to expose the deception. Reimarus wishes to reconstruct real history behind the fictitious story of the Gospels.

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