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Anthology of Atheism and Rationalism Gordon Stein

Anthology of Atheism and Rationalism

Gordon Stein

Published July 1st 1984
ISBN : 9780879752675
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Dr. Gordon Stein is the editor of this collection of essays, some dating back to the 1800s. This is an interesting collection of older and hard to find essays dealing with religion from an atheistic point of view. Because of the age of the essays, the language is sometimes relatively convoluted.I think Dr. Stein did a good job of picking essays, all of them are on point, and given that there are probably hundreds of essays that did not make the collection, the job of picking these few was probably difficult.Given the language and sometimes the subject matter, Dr. Stein does a good job of introducing them, given precedence to the historical perspective rather than clarification of the subject.Many of the authors found here were the leaders of now defuncted secular humanistic organizations. Not all the writings are of the same calliber, which makes picking and choosing them sometimes difficult (which ones to choose?)I read this after reading H.L Menckens On Religion edited by S.T Joshi. Maybe after Menckens biting humor, the essays in Steins collections were a bit dryer than they really are? Worth the little money it would take to buy it, but there are other collections that would be more important to have in my point of view.