The Young Atheist's Handbook

The Young Atheist's Handbook

Lessons for Living A Good Life Without God

Book - 2012
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Growing up in a strict Muslim community in south-east London, Alom Shaha learnt that religion was not to be questioned. Reciting the Qur'an without understanding what it meant was simply a part of life; so, too, was obeying the imam, praying to god he wasn't sure existed, and enduring beatings when he failed to attend the local mosque. Shaha was more drawn to science and its power to illuminate. As a teen, he lived between two worlds- the home controlled by his authoritarian father, and a school alive with books and ideas. In a charming blend of memoir, philosophy, and science Shaha explores the questions about faith, and the afterlife that we all ponder. Through a series of loose 'lessons', he tells his own compelling story, drawing on the theories of some of history's greatest thinkers and interrogating the fallacies that have impeded humanity for centuries. Shaha recounts how his education and formative experiences led him to question how to live without being tied to what his parents, priests, or teachers told him to believe, and offers insights so that others may do the same. This is a book for anyone who thinks about what they should believe and how they should live. It's for those who may need the facts and the ideas, as wel as the courage, to break free from inherited beliefs. In this powerful narrative, Shaha shows that it is possible to live a compassionate, fulfilling, and meaningful life without God.
Publisher: Carlton North, Vic. : 2012
ISBN: 9781921844560
Branch Call Number: ANF 211.8 SHAH
Characteristics: 220 p. ; 21 cm

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Feb 08, 2018

The author provides a personal examination of what atheism means to him via his life growing up in a strict Muslim community in London. The book follows his journey from religion to the freedom of atheism and the benefits it has brought him in his family and professional life.

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