Atheism: The Case Against God by George H. Smith

By George H. Smith

"Does a god exist? this question has surely been requested, in a single shape or one other, in view that guy has had the power to speak. . . hundreds of thousands of volumes were written with regards to a god, and the overwhelming majority have responded the questions with a convincing 'Yes!' "

"You are approximately to learn a minority viewpoint."

With this interesting creation, George H. Smith units out to demolish what he considers the main common and damaging of the entire myths devised by means of guy - the concept that of a superb being. With painstaking scholarship and rigorous arguments, Mr. Smith examines, dissects, and refutes the myriad "proofs" provided via theists - the defenses of subtle, specialist theologians, in addition to the common non secular layman. He explores the historic and mental havoc wrought by means of faith typically - and concludes that non secular trust can't have anywhere within the lifetime of smooth, rational man.

"It isn't really my goal to transform humans to atheism . . . (but to) reveal that the assumption in God is irrational to the purpose of absurdity. If someone needs to proceed believing in a god, that's his prerogative, yet he can not excuse his trust within the identify of cause and ethical necessity."/quote]

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E. A. Judge and James R. Harrison, “Ethical Terms in St. Paul and the Inscriptions of Ephesus,” in The First Christians in the Roman World: Augustan and New Testament Essays (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2008), 377. Cf. T. Robert S. Broughton, “Roman Asia Minor,” in An Economic Survey of Ancient Rome (ed. 889–90; Murphy-O’Connor, St. Paul’s Ephesus, 65. 21. This oration, dated broadly between 97 and 112 CE, reflects the reputation of the Artemisium in the first century CE. 34 Chapter 2 You know about the Ephesians, of course, and that large sums of money are in their hands, some of them belonging to private citizens and deposited in the temple of Artemis, not alone money of the Ephesians, but also of aliens and of persons from all parts of the world, and in some cases of commonwealths of kings, money which all deposit there in order that it may be safe, since no one has ever yet dared to violate that place, although countless wars have occurred in the past and the city has often been captured.

Thiessen, Christen in Ephesus: Die historische und theologische Situation in vorpaulinischer und paulinischer Zeit und zur Zeit der Apostelgeschichte und der Pastoralbriefe (ed. ; TANZ 12; Tübingen: Francke, 1995); Heinrich Lausberg, Handbook of Literary Rhetoric: A Foundation for Literary Study (Leiden: Brill, 1997); Carl Joachim Classen, Rhetorical Criticism of the New Testament (WUNT 128; Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2000); Annette Merz, Die fiktive Selbstauslegung des Paulus: Intertextuelle Studien zur Intention und Rezeption der Pastoralbriefe (NTOA/SUNT 52; Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2004).

This research dates Mark broadly within the mid-first century CE. 22. Henderson, Anthia and Habrocomes, 209–10. Chapter 1 16 The Story Line of Ephesiaca Though much of ancient Greek literature looked backward to the glory days of Greece, as is the case with Chaereas and Callirhoe by Chariton, Ephesiaca is set in its present context. ” 24 Below, a book-by-book synopsis reveals the story line, featuring a rich Ephesian couple, Anthia and Habrocomes. I will summarize the story here to sketch how Xenophon of Ephesus illustrates the social and cultural world of the wealthy in Ephesus in the first century CE in a detailed manner not found in other ancient sources.

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