Although russell grants christ a very high degree of moral goodness, he asserts that there have been wiser and better men the speech was published in 1957 in the book why i am not a christian and other essays on religion and related subjects the text is available online, and you can click here to open it in a new window. Why i am not a christian and other essays on religion and related subjects, bertrand russell why i am not a christian is an essay by the british philosopher bertrand russell. Read why i am not a christian by bertrand russell by bertrand russell by bertrand russell for free with a 30 day free trial read ebook on the web, ipad, iphone and android. Russell described himself as an agnostic, speaking to a purely philosophical audience, but as an atheist speaking popularly, on the basis that he could not disprove the christian god similar to the way that he could not disprove the olympic gods either. — bertrand russell, why i am not a christian and other essays on religion and related subjects influence on philosophy [ edit ] as nicholas griffin points out in the introduction to the cambridge companion to bertrand russell , russell had a major influence on modern philosophy, especially in the english-speaking world.
Bertrand russell was a polymath: a mathematician, a philosopher, a historian, a pacifist who was jailed for his anti-war views, and a nobel laureate in literature his essay why i am not a christian, a lecture he delivered in 1927, is a clear, succinct, and well-reasoned brief against christianity and the existence of a deity (christian or not. Bertrand russell's why i am not a christian will not stand as a classic regarding what is explicitly written upon the pages for the highest rational principle appealed to is that the world should enshrine the thoughts and preferences of bertrand russell simply because they are the thoughts and utterances of bertrand russell. Why i am not a christian and other essays on religion and related subjects quotes (showing 1-30 of 76) i do not pretend to be able to prove that there is no god i equally cannot prove that satan is a fiction the christian god may exist so may the gods of olympus, or of ancient egypt, or of.
Why i am not a christian is an essay by the british philosopher bertrand russell originally a talk given 6 march 1927 at battersea town hall, under the auspices of the south london branch of the national secular society , it was published that year as a pamphlet and has been republished several times in english and in translation. Bertrand russell's essay why i am not a christian is a popular touch-point for the community of atheist writers and thinkers it is a source of quotations as well as.
On march 6, 1927, in london, professor russell delivered a lecture titled, why i am not a christian, which set forth the philosopher's objections to the christian faith that speech was transcribed and has since been widely circulated throughout the world. Most of these were collected and published in 1957 as why i am not a christian from 1949 and for the rest of his life, he was an active advocate of nuclear disarmament from 1949 and for the rest of his life, he was an active advocate of nuclear disarmament. Why i am not a christian (1927) by bertrand russell the lecture that is here reproduced was delivered at the battersea town hall on sunday march 6, 1927, under the auspices of the south london branch of the national secular society.
The title essay (given to the south london branch of the national secular society in 1927, when russell was 55) begins by defining what russell considers a christian: i do not mean by a christian any person who tries to live decently according to his lights. In 1927, bertrand russell gave a public lecture with the title why i am not a christian i regularly use the transcript of this lecture as the first reading in a second-year undergraduate course on philosophy of religion that i teach at monash university. Bertrand arthur william russell, 3rd earl russell, viscount amberley, born in wales, may 18, 1872 educated at home and at trinity college, cambridge during world war i, served four months in prison as a pacifist, where he wrote introduction to mathematical philosophy.
Dedicated as few men have been to the life of reason, bertrand russell has always been concerned with the basic questions to which religion also addresses itself -- questions about man's place in the universe and the nature of the good life, questions that involve life after death, morality, freedom, education, and sexual ethics. Bertrand russell's essay why i am not a christian is a popular touch-point for the community of atheist writers and thinkers it is a source of quotations as well as offering a comforting substantiation of their shared beliefs. Bertrand russell is perceived as one of the most formidable foes of the christian religion that our century has known in part 1 we noted that russell's essay, why i am not a christian, offered two general reasons for his unbelief the first of these we have considered already the second.