Russell on Religion: Selections from the Writings of Bertrand Russell

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  • Copyright: 1999-11-02
  • Publisher: Routledge
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Russell on Religionpresents a comprehensive and accessible selection of Bertrand Russell's writing on religion and related topics from the turn of the century to the end of his life. The influence of religion pervades almost all Bertrand Russell's writings from his mathematical treatises to his early fiction. This comprehensive selection of writings offers a clear overview of the development of his thinking about religion. Russell contends with religion as a philosopher, historian, social critic and private individual. The selections papers are arranged chronologically, and span Russell's thinking with his personal statements, and his views on religion and philosophy, religion and science, religion and morality and religion and history. This collection shows the development and diversity of Russell's thinking on religion and exposes the reader to all aspects of his work on this subject.

Table of Contents

Russell On...p. ii
Acknowledgementsp. vii
Introductionp. 1
Personal Statementsp. 19
From 'my Mental Development' and 'reply to Criticisms'p. 23
The Free Man's Worshipp. 31
Autobiography: Mystic Illuminationp. 39
What is an Agnostic?p. 41
Religion and Philosophyp. 51
The Essence of Religionp. 57
The Essence and Effect of Religionp. 70
Why I Am Not a Christianp. 77
The Existence and Nature of Godp. 92
Religion and Sciencep. 107
Mysticism and Logicp. 109
Science and Religionp. 131
Review of Sir Arthur Eddington, the Nature of the Physical Worldp. 140
Review of James Jeans, the Mysterious Universep. 143
Do Science and Religion Conflict?p. 147
Religion and Moralityp. 151
Religion and the Churchesp. 153
Inherent Tendencies of Industrialismp. 167
Has Religion Made Useful Contributions to Civilization?p. 169
The Sense of Sinp. 186
Religion and Historyp. 195
Introduction to History of Western Philosophyp. 199
The Religious Development of the Jewsp. 203
Christianity During the First Four Centuriesp. 219
Mohammedan Culture and Philosophyp. 229
The Reformation and Counter-Reformationp. 238
Notesp. 241
Selected Bibliographyp. 247
Indexp. 249
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