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A Is for Atheist
A Is for Atheist

A Is for Atheist

An A to Z of the Godfree Life


224 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Trade Paper, Mobipocket, PDF, EPUB

Trade Paper, $15.95 (CA $18.95) (US $15.95)

Publication Date: April 2016

ISBN 9781634310697

Rights: WOR

Pitchstone Publishing (Apr 2016)


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Atheists may be among the fastest growing “religious” demographics in the world, but they are also perhaps the most misunderstood. To begin, atheists have no identifying marks, no defining habits, no obvious symbols, for all that unites them, essentially, is an absence of belief. As a result, many religious believers may not even realize they know atheists, whether as neighbors, friends, or coworkers. In addition, most major religions warn against the faithless and preach distrust of nonbelievers. This creates not only ignorance about what it’s like to be an atheist, but also fear about the very idea of atheism. Organized like an encyclopedia, this book aims to rectify this widespread distrust and suspicion with basic understanding. Each entry, written in clear, concise language, covers a specific topic or question related to being an atheist, making this the perfect primer for anyone curious about or interested in atheism—whether to learn more about why someone might become an atheist, how someone creates meaning and purpose as an atheist, and what life is like as an atheist.


"Andrew Sneddon's A is for Atheist – An A to Z of the Godfree Life is a philosopher's jargon free take on atheism and religion. There are plenty of impenetrable philosophical treatises on these subjects out there. Sneddon promises and thankfully delivers instead joyfully readable stuff you can read on the train or bus or while stuck on a plane. From A for Atheist to G for Guff and O for Ockham's Razor to Z for Zounds, this volume offers Sneddon's deeply thoughtful and highly entertaining take on a godfree life. There is even a Q for Quiz, you better take it! Highly recommended!" —Andrew Sneddon

Author Biography

Andrew Sneddon is professor of philosophy at the University of Ottawa. He is the author of Autonomy, Like-Minded: Externalism and Moral Psychology, and Action and Responsibility.

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