A powerful argument for humanism as an alternative to organized religion, by one of the world’s leading public intellectuals. Examining all the arguments for and against religion and religious belief, The God Argument is a landmark book in the ongoing debate about the place of religion and secularism in our world.
While A. C. Grayling is a clear critic of religion as a guiding force, unlike some of religion’s opponents, he carefully considers the various arguments for the existence of God and the many reasons people believe in a deity. More important, he then offers a powerful alternative to religion as a worldview--humanism--an approach to life for those who wish to live with intellectual integrity, based on reason, evidence, and a desire to do and be good, and one which does not interfere with people’s rights to their own beliefs and freedom of expression. Humanism, as Grayling reveals it, is an ethics of sympathy and tolerance based on the best endeavor to make sense of human nature and the human condition. Though it recognizes why the various faiths first arose, it nonetheless argues that organized religion should no longer be given a privileged position in society.
Thoughtfully provocative, intellectually expansive, The God Argument makes a powerful case that secular belief, free of religious dogma, allows for a much more compassionate and caring world view.