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Voices of unbelief; documents from atheists and agnostics.


Voices of unbelief; documents from atheists and agnostics.

Ed. by Dale McGowan.

Greenwood Press


278 pages




Created especially for high school and college students, this anthology collects letters, essays, diary entries, book excerpts, blogs, and other brief readings by atheists and agnostics from ancient times to the present, from well-known philosophers to ordinary people. After a chronology and a brief definition and explanation of atheism and agnosticism, the selections are organized chronologically from the ancient world to the 20th century, with additional sections on humorists and contemporary voices of the period 1998-2009. Authors include Carl Sagan, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Charles Darwin, and Albert Einstein. Each reading begins with a contextual introduction and suggests things to keep in mind as you read. Readings also provide notes on the author, discussion questions, activities and exercises, and websites for more info. Many entries also include boxes of historical background, definitions, or profiles of key figures. Editor McGowan is executive director of Foundation Beyond Belief.

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