Irreligion: A Mathematician Explains Why the Arguments for God Just Don't Add Up

Irreligion: A Mathematician Explains Why the Arguments for God Just Don't Add Up

A Lifelong Unbeliever Finds No Reason to Change His Mind Are there any logical reasons to believe in God? Mathematician and bestselling author John Allen Paulos thinks not. In Irreligion he presents the case for his own worldview, organizing his book into twelve chapters that refute the twelve arguments most often put forward for believing in God's existence. The latter ar A Lifelong Unbeliever Finds No Reason to Change His Mind Are there any logical reasons to believe in God? Mathe...

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Title:Irreligion: A Mathematician Explains Why the Arguments for God Just Don't Add Up
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Irreligion: A Mathematician Explains Why the Arguments for God Just Don't Add Up Reviews

  • David
    Apr 12, 2009

    Written by a mathematician who went out of his way to refrain altogether from using formulas and equations and stick strictly to prose, this charming book is a humble refutation of a collection of the most common arguments in favor of the existence of god. Paulos goes through these arg...

    I've been through this one two and a half times and still haven't figured out for whom this book was written. This book takes a few of the classic arguments for the existence of God and refutes them. He refutes them effectively but in the standard manner. Your average atheist or ag...

    Why I read this book: I saw a mention of it online, either on a website or Amazon. As an atheist married to a mathematics major, I was curious to see Paulos's take. This was a good book for me to read on the airplane; it was (mostly) interesting, but not too challenging. (As I get o...

    If Dawkins or Dennett are a little too hardcore for you, Paulos might be the one to truly deflect the mainstream meme that has placed the poorly thought out label of 'fundamentalist atheism' on this movement. He's thorough in his debunking of 'God Exist' arguments without being arrogan...

    Paulos playfully takes on 12 alleged 'proofs' of the existence of a deity - proofs that range from the subtly fallacious to the downright silly. The thing I liked most about the book was that Paulos summarized most of the proofs in syllogistic form, to help expose the flaws in the proo...

    Here it is: This book will explain WHY the arguments for God just don't add up. Once i'm done this collection I'll never have to go to church again, no more religious studies, no more pondering theological issues that are spread throughout the globe and history, no more praying, or hop...

    For some unknowable reason, when you give a negative review to a book, Goodreads goes ahead and recommends more of them. You'd think it would understand that my negative rating means I don't care for this junk. Nevertheless here is something else someone thought I should try. So here g...

    Like a person with no ability to appreciate art writing about painting, Paulos writes about religion from the perspective of a strong, early intuitive feeling toward materialism. Paulos conflates the idea of explanation with the idea of meaning, thus missing the richness of life. Towar...

    This is a nifty little (150 pages) book that takes the major arguments for the existence of God and dispatches them quickly and more or less painlessly, simply by examining the logic behind them. All of the hoary favorites are here (Argument from First Cause, Ontological Argument, etc....

    My 16 year old son read it and told me "don't read it!" as my sister had loaned it to me. Well, now I know why, because I didn't get it (and neither did he). I didn't understand the logic in it. What's the need for all these huge words throughout? Making it easier to read would have ma...

    This won't convince anyone not already convinced, but Paulos does apply a mathematical edge to the analysis. The most telling chapter was the last - Athiests, Agnostics, and "Brights". I agree with Paulos in that I am also not too fond of the name "Brights", but maybe it'll catc...

    This is a wonderful book! It is short, elegant with a sometimes humorous angle. Some of the arguments are subtle, so subtle that you need to think "between the lines". But that is fine, because unlike other books on this subject, Paulos does not throw things in your face. His writing i...

  • Mateo
    Mar 18, 2010

    Written by a mathematician who went out of his way to refrain altogether from using formulas and equations and stick strictly to prose, this charming book is a humble refutation of a collection of the most common arguments in favor of the existence of god. Paulos goes through these arg...

    I've been through this one two and a half times and still haven't figured out for whom this book was written. This book takes a few of the classic arguments for the existence of God and refutes them. He refutes them effectively but in the standard manner. Your average atheist or ag...

    Why I read this book: I saw a mention of it online, either on a website or Amazon. As an atheist married to a mathematics major, I was curious to see Paulos's take. This was a good book for me to read on the airplane; it was (mostly) interesting, but not too challenging. (As I get o...

    If Dawkins or Dennett are a little too hardcore for you, Paulos might be the one to truly deflect the mainstream meme that has placed the poorly thought out label of 'fundamentalist atheism' on this movement. He's thorough in his debunking of 'God Exist' arguments without being arrogan...

    Paulos playfully takes on 12 alleged 'proofs' of the existence of a deity - proofs that range from the subtly fallacious to the downright silly. The thing I liked most about the book was that Paulos summarized most of the proofs in syllogistic form, to help expose the flaws in the proo...

    Here it is: This book will explain WHY the arguments for God just don't add up. Once i'm done this collection I'll never have to go to church again, no more religious studies, no more pondering theological issues that are spread throughout the globe and history, no more praying, or hop...

    For some unknowable reason, when you give a negative review to a book, Goodreads goes ahead and recommends more of them. You'd think it would understand that my negative rating means I don't care for this junk. Nevertheless here is something else someone thought I should try. So here g...

    Like a person with no ability to appreciate art writing about painting, Paulos writes about religion from the perspective of a strong, early intuitive feeling toward materialism. Paulos conflates the idea of explanation with the idea of meaning, thus missing the richness of life. Towar...

    This is a nifty little (150 pages) book that takes the major arguments for the existence of God and dispatches them quickly and more or less painlessly, simply by examining the logic behind them. All of the hoary favorites are here (Argument from First Cause, Ontological Argument, etc....

  • Melody
    Apr 13, 2010

    Written by a mathematician who went out of his way to refrain altogether from using formulas and equations and stick strictly to prose, this charming book is a humble refutation of a collection of the most common arguments in favor of the existence of god. Paulos goes through these arg...

    I've been through this one two and a half times and still haven't figured out for whom this book was written. This book takes a few of the classic arguments for the existence of God and refutes them. He refutes them effectively but in the standard manner. Your average atheist or ag...

    Why I read this book: I saw a mention of it online, either on a website or Amazon. As an atheist married to a mathematics major, I was curious to see Paulos's take. This was a good book for me to read on the airplane; it was (mostly) interesting, but not too challenging. (As I get o...

    If Dawkins or Dennett are a little too hardcore for you, Paulos might be the one to truly deflect the mainstream meme that has placed the poorly thought out label of 'fundamentalist atheism' on this movement. He's thorough in his debunking of 'God Exist' arguments without being arrogan...

    Paulos playfully takes on 12 alleged 'proofs' of the existence of a deity - proofs that range from the subtly fallacious to the downright silly. The thing I liked most about the book was that Paulos summarized most of the proofs in syllogistic form, to help expose the flaws in the proo...

    Here it is: This book will explain WHY the arguments for God just don't add up. Once i'm done this collection I'll never have to go to church again, no more religious studies, no more pondering theological issues that are spread throughout the globe and history, no more praying, or hop...

    For some unknowable reason, when you give a negative review to a book, Goodreads goes ahead and recommends more of them. You'd think it would understand that my negative rating means I don't care for this junk. Nevertheless here is something else someone thought I should try. So here g...

    Like a person with no ability to appreciate art writing about painting, Paulos writes about religion from the perspective of a strong, early intuitive feeling toward materialism. Paulos conflates the idea of explanation with the idea of meaning, thus missing the richness of life. Towar...

    This is a nifty little (150 pages) book that takes the major arguments for the existence of God and dispatches them quickly and more or less painlessly, simply by examining the logic behind them. All of the hoary favorites are here (Argument from First Cause, Ontological Argument, etc....

    My 16 year old son read it and told me "don't read it!" as my sister had loaned it to me. Well, now I know why, because I didn't get it (and neither did he). I didn't understand the logic in it. What's the need for all these huge words throughout? Making it easier to read would have ma...

    This won't convince anyone not already convinced, but Paulos does apply a mathematical edge to the analysis. The most telling chapter was the last - Athiests, Agnostics, and "Brights". I agree with Paulos in that I am also not too fond of the name "Brights", but maybe it'll catc...

    This is a wonderful book! It is short, elegant with a sometimes humorous angle. Some of the arguments are subtle, so subtle that you need to think "between the lines". But that is fine, because unlike other books on this subject, Paulos does not throw things in your face. His writing i...

    Quite fun, but skates very fast over a lot of the arguments. I can't imagine it being persuasive to anyone who wasn't an atheist already. I must have been given this as a present years ago, and forgotten I had it. I found it on my shelves and read it as I enjoyed other more mathematica...

    for fans only Librettino che riordina e riesamina le varie prove logiche che nei secoli hanno tentato di "dimostrare" l'esistenza di dio. Limitandosi quasi unicamente al dio dei monoteismi trascendenti, ovvero a quello cristiano. La lettura veloce, lo stile garbato e ironico,...

    Atheist authors such as John Allen Paulos strive to bring out a contrarian streak in their readers, but they may get more than they bargain for - though I've been living religion-free for over a year now, I have yet to find an atheist book that doesn't disappoint me in some way. Books ...

    This small, breezy book covers many of the main arguments for god. Most of the refutations aren't original, but Paulos doesn't claim they are - he just thinks it'd be useful to have them all in one place. Fair enough. He's generally pretty careful, as you'd expect a mathematician to be...

    I have been a long time fan of John Allen Paulos's Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences where he talks about the harm to society of a population that does not know how to do math. When I saw this book, couldn't help picking it up. Gave it four stars because it is...

    John Allen Paulos takes a thoroughly interesting look at the arguments for god from the perspective of a mathematician. However, have no fear! You will not be facing page after page of complex equations. Instead, Paulos offers us plain old English. What a relief! I found it interest...

    I borrowed the book from my neighbourhood library, curious about how a Mathematician might perceive believers' reasons for their faith. While the author attempts to argue against the reasons given for the existence of God, there is a lack of consistency in the train of thought and...

    Another excellent book from the author of 'Innumeracy' - this time he takes on about all the arguments for the existence of God, at least in any of the forms envisioned by mainstream religions. Some other authors writing on this topic have taken tones ranging from urgent to strident. ...

    God does not compute...or at least the belief in a divine power does not logically withstand scrutiny according to Paulos, who systematically refutes all the extant arguments for the supernatural from his perspective as Professor of Mathematics at Temple University. This is a subject P...

    I really enjoyed this book. It introduced me to some interesting arguments that I hadn't heard previously. I really liked Paulos' random humor sprinkled throughout as well. There were some concepts that I felt were beyond my understanding but I don't think that detracted from the re...

    Over all a good read. I don't know if I would put it up as something for a philosopher per se to read. But, anyone interested in a mathematical glean on the proofs for god could benefit from this book. It is a short engaging work. Which I think would be only slightly offensive to any ...

    Easier to read than most books of this genre, at times the author does wander off a bit with difficult references. However, for the most part, this concise text evaluates and debunks (not always successfully) most of the arguments for the existence of God. A good read that is more appr...

    A less than original but concise and approachable summary of rebuttals to arguments for the existence of god. Read my full review at my book review blog, Em and Emm Expound on Exposition. ...

    It's me, over here in the choir robes. Nothing in this book I didn't already embrace, I mean. The geeky mathematical angle was a huge bonus. I found this audio book fun, funny and comforting. If you like this sort of thing, this is the sort of thing you like. And I do. ...

  • David
    Feb 05, 2008

    Written by a mathematician who went out of his way to refrain altogether from using formulas and equations and stick strictly to prose, this charming book is a humble refutation of a collection of the most common arguments in favor of the existence of god. Paulos goes through these arg...

    I've been through this one two and a half times and still haven't figured out for whom this book was written. This book takes a few of the classic arguments for the existence of God and refutes them. He refutes them effectively but in the standard manner. Your average atheist or ag...

    Why I read this book: I saw a mention of it online, either on a website or Amazon. As an atheist married to a mathematics major, I was curious to see Paulos's take. This was a good book for me to read on the airplane; it was (mostly) interesting, but not too challenging. (As I get o...

    If Dawkins or Dennett are a little too hardcore for you, Paulos might be the one to truly deflect the mainstream meme that has placed the poorly thought out label of 'fundamentalist atheism' on this movement. He's thorough in his debunking of 'God Exist' arguments without being arrogan...

    Paulos playfully takes on 12 alleged 'proofs' of the existence of a deity - proofs that range from the subtly fallacious to the downright silly. The thing I liked most about the book was that Paulos summarized most of the proofs in syllogistic form, to help expose the flaws in the proo...

    Here it is: This book will explain WHY the arguments for God just don't add up. Once i'm done this collection I'll never have to go to church again, no more religious studies, no more pondering theological issues that are spread throughout the globe and history, no more praying, or hop...

    For some unknowable reason, when you give a negative review to a book, Goodreads goes ahead and recommends more of them. You'd think it would understand that my negative rating means I don't care for this junk. Nevertheless here is something else someone thought I should try. So here g...

    Like a person with no ability to appreciate art writing about painting, Paulos writes about religion from the perspective of a strong, early intuitive feeling toward materialism. Paulos conflates the idea of explanation with the idea of meaning, thus missing the richness of life. Towar...

    This is a nifty little (150 pages) book that takes the major arguments for the existence of God and dispatches them quickly and more or less painlessly, simply by examining the logic behind them. All of the hoary favorites are here (Argument from First Cause, Ontological Argument, etc....

    My 16 year old son read it and told me "don't read it!" as my sister had loaned it to me. Well, now I know why, because I didn't get it (and neither did he). I didn't understand the logic in it. What's the need for all these huge words throughout? Making it easier to read would have ma...

    This won't convince anyone not already convinced, but Paulos does apply a mathematical edge to the analysis. The most telling chapter was the last - Athiests, Agnostics, and "Brights". I agree with Paulos in that I am also not too fond of the name "Brights", but maybe it'll catc...

    This is a wonderful book! It is short, elegant with a sometimes humorous angle. Some of the arguments are subtle, so subtle that you need to think "between the lines". But that is fine, because unlike other books on this subject, Paulos does not throw things in your face. His writing i...

    Quite fun, but skates very fast over a lot of the arguments. I can't imagine it being persuasive to anyone who wasn't an atheist already. I must have been given this as a present years ago, and forgotten I had it. I found it on my shelves and read it as I enjoyed other more mathematica...

    for fans only Librettino che riordina e riesamina le varie prove logiche che nei secoli hanno tentato di "dimostrare" l'esistenza di dio. Limitandosi quasi unicamente al dio dei monoteismi trascendenti, ovvero a quello cristiano. La lettura veloce, lo stile garbato e ironico,...

    Atheist authors such as John Allen Paulos strive to bring out a contrarian streak in their readers, but they may get more than they bargain for - though I've been living religion-free for over a year now, I have yet to find an atheist book that doesn't disappoint me in some way. Books ...

    This small, breezy book covers many of the main arguments for god. Most of the refutations aren't original, but Paulos doesn't claim they are - he just thinks it'd be useful to have them all in one place. Fair enough. He's generally pretty careful, as you'd expect a mathematician to be...

  • James
    Oct 29, 2009

    Written by a mathematician who went out of his way to refrain altogether from using formulas and equations and stick strictly to prose, this charming book is a humble refutation of a collection of the most common arguments in favor of the existence of god. Paulos goes through these arg...

    I've been through this one two and a half times and still haven't figured out for whom this book was written. This book takes a few of the classic arguments for the existence of God and refutes them. He refutes them effectively but in the standard manner. Your average atheist or ag...

    Why I read this book: I saw a mention of it online, either on a website or Amazon. As an atheist married to a mathematics major, I was curious to see Paulos's take. This was a good book for me to read on the airplane; it was (mostly) interesting, but not too challenging. (As I get o...

    If Dawkins or Dennett are a little too hardcore for you, Paulos might be the one to truly deflect the mainstream meme that has placed the poorly thought out label of 'fundamentalist atheism' on this movement. He's thorough in his debunking of 'God Exist' arguments without being arrogan...

    Paulos playfully takes on 12 alleged 'proofs' of the existence of a deity - proofs that range from the subtly fallacious to the downright silly. The thing I liked most about the book was that Paulos summarized most of the proofs in syllogistic form, to help expose the flaws in the proo...

    Here it is: This book will explain WHY the arguments for God just don't add up. Once i'm done this collection I'll never have to go to church again, no more religious studies, no more pondering theological issues that are spread throughout the globe and history, no more praying, or hop...

    For some unknowable reason, when you give a negative review to a book, Goodreads goes ahead and recommends more of them. You'd think it would understand that my negative rating means I don't care for this junk. Nevertheless here is something else someone thought I should try. So here g...

    Like a person with no ability to appreciate art writing about painting, Paulos writes about religion from the perspective of a strong, early intuitive feeling toward materialism. Paulos conflates the idea of explanation with the idea of meaning, thus missing the richness of life. Towar...

    This is a nifty little (150 pages) book that takes the major arguments for the existence of God and dispatches them quickly and more or less painlessly, simply by examining the logic behind them. All of the hoary favorites are here (Argument from First Cause, Ontological Argument, etc....

    My 16 year old son read it and told me "don't read it!" as my sister had loaned it to me. Well, now I know why, because I didn't get it (and neither did he). I didn't understand the logic in it. What's the need for all these huge words throughout? Making it easier to read would have ma...

    This won't convince anyone not already convinced, but Paulos does apply a mathematical edge to the analysis. The most telling chapter was the last - Athiests, Agnostics, and "Brights". I agree with Paulos in that I am also not too fond of the name "Brights", but maybe it'll catc...

    This is a wonderful book! It is short, elegant with a sometimes humorous angle. Some of the arguments are subtle, so subtle that you need to think "between the lines". But that is fine, because unlike other books on this subject, Paulos does not throw things in your face. His writing i...

    Quite fun, but skates very fast over a lot of the arguments. I can't imagine it being persuasive to anyone who wasn't an atheist already. I must have been given this as a present years ago, and forgotten I had it. I found it on my shelves and read it as I enjoyed other more mathematica...

    for fans only Librettino che riordina e riesamina le varie prove logiche che nei secoli hanno tentato di "dimostrare" l'esistenza di dio. Limitandosi quasi unicamente al dio dei monoteismi trascendenti, ovvero a quello cristiano. La lettura veloce, lo stile garbato e ironico,...

    Atheist authors such as John Allen Paulos strive to bring out a contrarian streak in their readers, but they may get more than they bargain for - though I've been living religion-free for over a year now, I have yet to find an atheist book that doesn't disappoint me in some way. Books ...

    This small, breezy book covers many of the main arguments for god. Most of the refutations aren't original, but Paulos doesn't claim they are - he just thinks it'd be useful to have them all in one place. Fair enough. He's generally pretty careful, as you'd expect a mathematician to be...

    I have been a long time fan of John Allen Paulos's Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences where he talks about the harm to society of a population that does not know how to do math. When I saw this book, couldn't help picking it up. Gave it four stars because it is...

    John Allen Paulos takes a thoroughly interesting look at the arguments for god from the perspective of a mathematician. However, have no fear! You will not be facing page after page of complex equations. Instead, Paulos offers us plain old English. What a relief! I found it interest...

    I borrowed the book from my neighbourhood library, curious about how a Mathematician might perceive believers' reasons for their faith. While the author attempts to argue against the reasons given for the existence of God, there is a lack of consistency in the train of thought and...

    Another excellent book from the author of 'Innumeracy' - this time he takes on about all the arguments for the existence of God, at least in any of the forms envisioned by mainstream religions. Some other authors writing on this topic have taken tones ranging from urgent to strident. ...

  • Shawn Patrick
    Jan 01, 2010

    Written by a mathematician who went out of his way to refrain altogether from using formulas and equations and stick strictly to prose, this charming book is a humble refutation of a collection of the most common arguments in favor of the existence of god. Paulos goes through these arg...

    I've been through this one two and a half times and still haven't figured out for whom this book was written. This book takes a few of the classic arguments for the existence of God and refutes them. He refutes them effectively but in the standard manner. Your average atheist or ag...

    Why I read this book: I saw a mention of it online, either on a website or Amazon. As an atheist married to a mathematics major, I was curious to see Paulos's take. This was a good book for me to read on the airplane; it was (mostly) interesting, but not too challenging. (As I get o...

    If Dawkins or Dennett are a little too hardcore for you, Paulos might be the one to truly deflect the mainstream meme that has placed the poorly thought out label of 'fundamentalist atheism' on this movement. He's thorough in his debunking of 'God Exist' arguments without being arrogan...

    Paulos playfully takes on 12 alleged 'proofs' of the existence of a deity - proofs that range from the subtly fallacious to the downright silly. The thing I liked most about the book was that Paulos summarized most of the proofs in syllogistic form, to help expose the flaws in the proo...

    Here it is: This book will explain WHY the arguments for God just don't add up. Once i'm done this collection I'll never have to go to church again, no more religious studies, no more pondering theological issues that are spread throughout the globe and history, no more praying, or hop...

    For some unknowable reason, when you give a negative review to a book, Goodreads goes ahead and recommends more of them. You'd think it would understand that my negative rating means I don't care for this junk. Nevertheless here is something else someone thought I should try. So here g...

    Like a person with no ability to appreciate art writing about painting, Paulos writes about religion from the perspective of a strong, early intuitive feeling toward materialism. Paulos conflates the idea of explanation with the idea of meaning, thus missing the richness of life. Towar...

    This is a nifty little (150 pages) book that takes the major arguments for the existence of God and dispatches them quickly and more or less painlessly, simply by examining the logic behind them. All of the hoary favorites are here (Argument from First Cause, Ontological Argument, etc....

    My 16 year old son read it and told me "don't read it!" as my sister had loaned it to me. Well, now I know why, because I didn't get it (and neither did he). I didn't understand the logic in it. What's the need for all these huge words throughout? Making it easier to read would have ma...

    This won't convince anyone not already convinced, but Paulos does apply a mathematical edge to the analysis. The most telling chapter was the last - Athiests, Agnostics, and "Brights". I agree with Paulos in that I am also not too fond of the name "Brights", but maybe it'll catc...

    This is a wonderful book! It is short, elegant with a sometimes humorous angle. Some of the arguments are subtle, so subtle that you need to think "between the lines". But that is fine, because unlike other books on this subject, Paulos does not throw things in your face. His writing i...

    Quite fun, but skates very fast over a lot of the arguments. I can't imagine it being persuasive to anyone who wasn't an atheist already. I must have been given this as a present years ago, and forgotten I had it. I found it on my shelves and read it as I enjoyed other more mathematica...

    for fans only Librettino che riordina e riesamina le varie prove logiche che nei secoli hanno tentato di "dimostrare" l'esistenza di dio. Limitandosi quasi unicamente al dio dei monoteismi trascendenti, ovvero a quello cristiano. La lettura veloce, lo stile garbato e ironico,...

    Atheist authors such as John Allen Paulos strive to bring out a contrarian streak in their readers, but they may get more than they bargain for - though I've been living religion-free for over a year now, I have yet to find an atheist book that doesn't disappoint me in some way. Books ...

    This small, breezy book covers many of the main arguments for god. Most of the refutations aren't original, but Paulos doesn't claim they are - he just thinks it'd be useful to have them all in one place. Fair enough. He's generally pretty careful, as you'd expect a mathematician to be...

    I have been a long time fan of John Allen Paulos's Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences where he talks about the harm to society of a population that does not know how to do math. When I saw this book, couldn't help picking it up. Gave it four stars because it is...

    John Allen Paulos takes a thoroughly interesting look at the arguments for god from the perspective of a mathematician. However, have no fear! You will not be facing page after page of complex equations. Instead, Paulos offers us plain old English. What a relief! I found it interest...

    I borrowed the book from my neighbourhood library, curious about how a Mathematician might perceive believers' reasons for their faith. While the author attempts to argue against the reasons given for the existence of God, there is a lack of consistency in the train of thought and...

    Another excellent book from the author of 'Innumeracy' - this time he takes on about all the arguments for the existence of God, at least in any of the forms envisioned by mainstream religions. Some other authors writing on this topic have taken tones ranging from urgent to strident. ...

    God does not compute...or at least the belief in a divine power does not logically withstand scrutiny according to Paulos, who systematically refutes all the extant arguments for the supernatural from his perspective as Professor of Mathematics at Temple University. This is a subject P...

    I really enjoyed this book. It introduced me to some interesting arguments that I hadn't heard previously. I really liked Paulos' random humor sprinkled throughout as well. There were some concepts that I felt were beyond my understanding but I don't think that detracted from the re...

    Over all a good read. I don't know if I would put it up as something for a philosopher per se to read. But, anyone interested in a mathematical glean on the proofs for god could benefit from this book. It is a short engaging work. Which I think would be only slightly offensive to any ...

    Easier to read than most books of this genre, at times the author does wander off a bit with difficult references. However, for the most part, this concise text evaluates and debunks (not always successfully) most of the arguments for the existence of God. A good read that is more appr...

    A less than original but concise and approachable summary of rebuttals to arguments for the existence of god. Read my full review at my book review blog, Em and Emm Expound on Exposition. ...

    It's me, over here in the choir robes. Nothing in this book I didn't already embrace, I mean. The geeky mathematical angle was a huge bonus. I found this audio book fun, funny and comforting. If you like this sort of thing, this is the sort of thing you like. And I do. ...

    Short and sweet, like a Beatles song. If a Beatles song were to describe the logical fallacies underlying belief in a god, that is. The author is a mathematician, but no math is involved in this book, just logic. ...

    This is a fun take on debunking the arguments for the existence of God from a mathematician's point of view. This a short book and a fairly easy read. ...

    Good, short book, but it didn't really cover any new ground or re-cover ground in a new way. Nothing new here for people already decently well-read in the genre. ...

  • Adam
    Feb 01, 2008

    Written by a mathematician who went out of his way to refrain altogether from using formulas and equations and stick strictly to prose, this charming book is a humble refutation of a collection of the most common arguments in favor of the existence of god. Paulos goes through these arg...

    I've been through this one two and a half times and still haven't figured out for whom this book was written. This book takes a few of the classic arguments for the existence of God and refutes them. He refutes them effectively but in the standard manner. Your average atheist or ag...

    Why I read this book: I saw a mention of it online, either on a website or Amazon. As an atheist married to a mathematics major, I was curious to see Paulos's take. This was a good book for me to read on the airplane; it was (mostly) interesting, but not too challenging. (As I get o...

    If Dawkins or Dennett are a little too hardcore for you, Paulos might be the one to truly deflect the mainstream meme that has placed the poorly thought out label of 'fundamentalist atheism' on this movement. He's thorough in his debunking of 'God Exist' arguments without being arrogan...

  • Shelley
    Feb 24, 2009

    Written by a mathematician who went out of his way to refrain altogether from using formulas and equations and stick strictly to prose, this charming book is a humble refutation of a collection of the most common arguments in favor of the existence of god. Paulos goes through these arg...

    I've been through this one two and a half times and still haven't figured out for whom this book was written. This book takes a few of the classic arguments for the existence of God and refutes them. He refutes them effectively but in the standard manner. Your average atheist or ag...

    Why I read this book: I saw a mention of it online, either on a website or Amazon. As an atheist married to a mathematics major, I was curious to see Paulos's take. This was a good book for me to read on the airplane; it was (mostly) interesting, but not too challenging. (As I get o...

    If Dawkins or Dennett are a little too hardcore for you, Paulos might be the one to truly deflect the mainstream meme that has placed the poorly thought out label of 'fundamentalist atheism' on this movement. He's thorough in his debunking of 'God Exist' arguments without being arrogan...

    Paulos playfully takes on 12 alleged 'proofs' of the existence of a deity - proofs that range from the subtly fallacious to the downright silly. The thing I liked most about the book was that Paulos summarized most of the proofs in syllogistic form, to help expose the flaws in the proo...

    Here it is: This book will explain WHY the arguments for God just don't add up. Once i'm done this collection I'll never have to go to church again, no more religious studies, no more pondering theological issues that are spread throughout the globe and history, no more praying, or hop...

    For some unknowable reason, when you give a negative review to a book, Goodreads goes ahead and recommends more of them. You'd think it would understand that my negative rating means I don't care for this junk. Nevertheless here is something else someone thought I should try. So here g...

    Like a person with no ability to appreciate art writing about painting, Paulos writes about religion from the perspective of a strong, early intuitive feeling toward materialism. Paulos conflates the idea of explanation with the idea of meaning, thus missing the richness of life. Towar...

    This is a nifty little (150 pages) book that takes the major arguments for the existence of God and dispatches them quickly and more or less painlessly, simply by examining the logic behind them. All of the hoary favorites are here (Argument from First Cause, Ontological Argument, etc....

    My 16 year old son read it and told me "don't read it!" as my sister had loaned it to me. Well, now I know why, because I didn't get it (and neither did he). I didn't understand the logic in it. What's the need for all these huge words throughout? Making it easier to read would have ma...

  • Dale
    May 12, 2009

    Written by a mathematician who went out of his way to refrain altogether from using formulas and equations and stick strictly to prose, this charming book is a humble refutation of a collection of the most common arguments in favor of the existence of god. Paulos goes through these arg...

    I've been through this one two and a half times and still haven't figured out for whom this book was written. This book takes a few of the classic arguments for the existence of God and refutes them. He refutes them effectively but in the standard manner. Your average atheist or ag...

    Why I read this book: I saw a mention of it online, either on a website or Amazon. As an atheist married to a mathematics major, I was curious to see Paulos's take. This was a good book for me to read on the airplane; it was (mostly) interesting, but not too challenging. (As I get o...

    If Dawkins or Dennett are a little too hardcore for you, Paulos might be the one to truly deflect the mainstream meme that has placed the poorly thought out label of 'fundamentalist atheism' on this movement. He's thorough in his debunking of 'God Exist' arguments without being arrogan...

    Paulos playfully takes on 12 alleged 'proofs' of the existence of a deity - proofs that range from the subtly fallacious to the downright silly. The thing I liked most about the book was that Paulos summarized most of the proofs in syllogistic form, to help expose the flaws in the proo...

  • Rod
    Apr 18, 2015

    Written by a mathematician who went out of his way to refrain altogether from using formulas and equations and stick strictly to prose, this charming book is a humble refutation of a collection of the most common arguments in favor of the existence of god. Paulos goes through these arg...

    I've been through this one two and a half times and still haven't figured out for whom this book was written. This book takes a few of the classic arguments for the existence of God and refutes them. He refutes them effectively but in the standard manner. Your average atheist or ag...

    Why I read this book: I saw a mention of it online, either on a website or Amazon. As an atheist married to a mathematics major, I was curious to see Paulos's take. This was a good book for me to read on the airplane; it was (mostly) interesting, but not too challenging. (As I get o...

    If Dawkins or Dennett are a little too hardcore for you, Paulos might be the one to truly deflect the mainstream meme that has placed the poorly thought out label of 'fundamentalist atheism' on this movement. He's thorough in his debunking of 'God Exist' arguments without being arrogan...

    Paulos playfully takes on 12 alleged 'proofs' of the existence of a deity - proofs that range from the subtly fallacious to the downright silly. The thing I liked most about the book was that Paulos summarized most of the proofs in syllogistic form, to help expose the flaws in the proo...

    Here it is: This book will explain WHY the arguments for God just don't add up. Once i'm done this collection I'll never have to go to church again, no more religious studies, no more pondering theological issues that are spread throughout the globe and history, no more praying, or hop...

  • Preeti
    Apr 01, 2010

    Written by a mathematician who went out of his way to refrain altogether from using formulas and equations and stick strictly to prose, this charming book is a humble refutation of a collection of the most common arguments in favor of the existence of god. Paulos goes through these arg...

    I've been through this one two and a half times and still haven't figured out for whom this book was written. This book takes a few of the classic arguments for the existence of God and refutes them. He refutes them effectively but in the standard manner. Your average atheist or ag...

    Why I read this book: I saw a mention of it online, either on a website or Amazon. As an atheist married to a mathematics major, I was curious to see Paulos's take. This was a good book for me to read on the airplane; it was (mostly) interesting, but not too challenging. (As I get o...

    If Dawkins or Dennett are a little too hardcore for you, Paulos might be the one to truly deflect the mainstream meme that has placed the poorly thought out label of 'fundamentalist atheism' on this movement. He's thorough in his debunking of 'God Exist' arguments without being arrogan...

    Paulos playfully takes on 12 alleged 'proofs' of the existence of a deity - proofs that range from the subtly fallacious to the downright silly. The thing I liked most about the book was that Paulos summarized most of the proofs in syllogistic form, to help expose the flaws in the proo...

    Here it is: This book will explain WHY the arguments for God just don't add up. Once i'm done this collection I'll never have to go to church again, no more religious studies, no more pondering theological issues that are spread throughout the globe and history, no more praying, or hop...

    For some unknowable reason, when you give a negative review to a book, Goodreads goes ahead and recommends more of them. You'd think it would understand that my negative rating means I don't care for this junk. Nevertheless here is something else someone thought I should try. So here g...

    Like a person with no ability to appreciate art writing about painting, Paulos writes about religion from the perspective of a strong, early intuitive feeling toward materialism. Paulos conflates the idea of explanation with the idea of meaning, thus missing the richness of life. Towar...

    This is a nifty little (150 pages) book that takes the major arguments for the existence of God and dispatches them quickly and more or less painlessly, simply by examining the logic behind them. All of the hoary favorites are here (Argument from First Cause, Ontological Argument, etc....

    My 16 year old son read it and told me "don't read it!" as my sister had loaned it to me. Well, now I know why, because I didn't get it (and neither did he). I didn't understand the logic in it. What's the need for all these huge words throughout? Making it easier to read would have ma...

    This won't convince anyone not already convinced, but Paulos does apply a mathematical edge to the analysis. The most telling chapter was the last - Athiests, Agnostics, and "Brights". I agree with Paulos in that I am also not too fond of the name "Brights", but maybe it'll catc...

    This is a wonderful book! It is short, elegant with a sometimes humorous angle. Some of the arguments are subtle, so subtle that you need to think "between the lines". But that is fine, because unlike other books on this subject, Paulos does not throw things in your face. His writing i...

    Quite fun, but skates very fast over a lot of the arguments. I can't imagine it being persuasive to anyone who wasn't an atheist already. I must have been given this as a present years ago, and forgotten I had it. I found it on my shelves and read it as I enjoyed other more mathematica...

    for fans only Librettino che riordina e riesamina le varie prove logiche che nei secoli hanno tentato di "dimostrare" l'esistenza di dio. Limitandosi quasi unicamente al dio dei monoteismi trascendenti, ovvero a quello cristiano. La lettura veloce, lo stile garbato e ironico,...

    Atheist authors such as John Allen Paulos strive to bring out a contrarian streak in their readers, but they may get more than they bargain for - though I've been living religion-free for over a year now, I have yet to find an atheist book that doesn't disappoint me in some way. Books ...

    This small, breezy book covers many of the main arguments for god. Most of the refutations aren't original, but Paulos doesn't claim they are - he just thinks it'd be useful to have them all in one place. Fair enough. He's generally pretty careful, as you'd expect a mathematician to be...

    I have been a long time fan of John Allen Paulos's Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences where he talks about the harm to society of a population that does not know how to do math. When I saw this book, couldn't help picking it up. Gave it four stars because it is...

    John Allen Paulos takes a thoroughly interesting look at the arguments for god from the perspective of a mathematician. However, have no fear! You will not be facing page after page of complex equations. Instead, Paulos offers us plain old English. What a relief! I found it interest...

    I borrowed the book from my neighbourhood library, curious about how a Mathematician might perceive believers' reasons for their faith. While the author attempts to argue against the reasons given for the existence of God, there is a lack of consistency in the train of thought and...

    Another excellent book from the author of 'Innumeracy' - this time he takes on about all the arguments for the existence of God, at least in any of the forms envisioned by mainstream religions. Some other authors writing on this topic have taken tones ranging from urgent to strident. ...

    God does not compute...or at least the belief in a divine power does not logically withstand scrutiny according to Paulos, who systematically refutes all the extant arguments for the supernatural from his perspective as Professor of Mathematics at Temple University. This is a subject P...

    I really enjoyed this book. It introduced me to some interesting arguments that I hadn't heard previously. I really liked Paulos' random humor sprinkled throughout as well. There were some concepts that I felt were beyond my understanding but I don't think that detracted from the re...

  • D. Parker
    Oct 03, 2009

    Written by a mathematician who went out of his way to refrain altogether from using formulas and equations and stick strictly to prose, this charming book is a humble refutation of a collection of the most common arguments in favor of the existence of god. Paulos goes through these arg...

  • Eric Hendrixson
    Apr 28, 2011

    Written by a mathematician who went out of his way to refrain altogether from using formulas and equations and stick strictly to prose, this charming book is a humble refutation of a collection of the most common arguments in favor of the existence of god. Paulos goes through these arg...

    I've been through this one two and a half times and still haven't figured out for whom this book was written. This book takes a few of the classic arguments for the existence of God and refutes them. He refutes them effectively but in the standard manner. Your average atheist or ag...

  • Saeed
    Jan 10, 2010

    Written by a mathematician who went out of his way to refrain altogether from using formulas and equations and stick strictly to prose, this charming book is a humble refutation of a collection of the most common arguments in favor of the existence of god. Paulos goes through these arg...

    I've been through this one two and a half times and still haven't figured out for whom this book was written. This book takes a few of the classic arguments for the existence of God and refutes them. He refutes them effectively but in the standard manner. Your average atheist or ag...

    Why I read this book: I saw a mention of it online, either on a website or Amazon. As an atheist married to a mathematics major, I was curious to see Paulos's take. This was a good book for me to read on the airplane; it was (mostly) interesting, but not too challenging. (As I get o...

    If Dawkins or Dennett are a little too hardcore for you, Paulos might be the one to truly deflect the mainstream meme that has placed the poorly thought out label of 'fundamentalist atheism' on this movement. He's thorough in his debunking of 'God Exist' arguments without being arrogan...

    Paulos playfully takes on 12 alleged 'proofs' of the existence of a deity - proofs that range from the subtly fallacious to the downright silly. The thing I liked most about the book was that Paulos summarized most of the proofs in syllogistic form, to help expose the flaws in the proo...

    Here it is: This book will explain WHY the arguments for God just don't add up. Once i'm done this collection I'll never have to go to church again, no more religious studies, no more pondering theological issues that are spread throughout the globe and history, no more praying, or hop...

    For some unknowable reason, when you give a negative review to a book, Goodreads goes ahead and recommends more of them. You'd think it would understand that my negative rating means I don't care for this junk. Nevertheless here is something else someone thought I should try. So here g...

    Like a person with no ability to appreciate art writing about painting, Paulos writes about religion from the perspective of a strong, early intuitive feeling toward materialism. Paulos conflates the idea of explanation with the idea of meaning, thus missing the richness of life. Towar...

    This is a nifty little (150 pages) book that takes the major arguments for the existence of God and dispatches them quickly and more or less painlessly, simply by examining the logic behind them. All of the hoary favorites are here (Argument from First Cause, Ontological Argument, etc....

    My 16 year old son read it and told me "don't read it!" as my sister had loaned it to me. Well, now I know why, because I didn't get it (and neither did he). I didn't understand the logic in it. What's the need for all these huge words throughout? Making it easier to read would have ma...

    This won't convince anyone not already convinced, but Paulos does apply a mathematical edge to the analysis. The most telling chapter was the last - Athiests, Agnostics, and "Brights". I agree with Paulos in that I am also not too fond of the name "Brights", but maybe it'll catc...

    This is a wonderful book! It is short, elegant with a sometimes humorous angle. Some of the arguments are subtle, so subtle that you need to think "between the lines". But that is fine, because unlike other books on this subject, Paulos does not throw things in your face. His writing i...

    Quite fun, but skates very fast over a lot of the arguments. I can't imagine it being persuasive to anyone who wasn't an atheist already. I must have been given this as a present years ago, and forgotten I had it. I found it on my shelves and read it as I enjoyed other more mathematica...

    for fans only Librettino che riordina e riesamina le varie prove logiche che nei secoli hanno tentato di "dimostrare" l'esistenza di dio. Limitandosi quasi unicamente al dio dei monoteismi trascendenti, ovvero a quello cristiano. La lettura veloce, lo stile garbato e ironico,...

    Atheist authors such as John Allen Paulos strive to bring out a contrarian streak in their readers, but they may get more than they bargain for - though I've been living religion-free for over a year now, I have yet to find an atheist book that doesn't disappoint me in some way. Books ...

    This small, breezy book covers many of the main arguments for god. Most of the refutations aren't original, but Paulos doesn't claim they are - he just thinks it'd be useful to have them all in one place. Fair enough. He's generally pretty careful, as you'd expect a mathematician to be...

    I have been a long time fan of John Allen Paulos's Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences where he talks about the harm to society of a population that does not know how to do math. When I saw this book, couldn't help picking it up. Gave it four stars because it is...

    John Allen Paulos takes a thoroughly interesting look at the arguments for god from the perspective of a mathematician. However, have no fear! You will not be facing page after page of complex equations. Instead, Paulos offers us plain old English. What a relief! I found it interest...

    I borrowed the book from my neighbourhood library, curious about how a Mathematician might perceive believers' reasons for their faith. While the author attempts to argue against the reasons given for the existence of God, there is a lack of consistency in the train of thought and...

    Another excellent book from the author of 'Innumeracy' - this time he takes on about all the arguments for the existence of God, at least in any of the forms envisioned by mainstream religions. Some other authors writing on this topic have taken tones ranging from urgent to strident. ...

    God does not compute...or at least the belief in a divine power does not logically withstand scrutiny according to Paulos, who systematically refutes all the extant arguments for the supernatural from his perspective as Professor of Mathematics at Temple University. This is a subject P...

    I really enjoyed this book. It introduced me to some interesting arguments that I hadn't heard previously. I really liked Paulos' random humor sprinkled throughout as well. There were some concepts that I felt were beyond my understanding but I don't think that detracted from the re...

    Over all a good read. I don't know if I would put it up as something for a philosopher per se to read. But, anyone interested in a mathematical glean on the proofs for god could benefit from this book. It is a short engaging work. Which I think would be only slightly offensive to any ...

    Easier to read than most books of this genre, at times the author does wander off a bit with difficult references. However, for the most part, this concise text evaluates and debunks (not always successfully) most of the arguments for the existence of God. A good read that is more appr...

  • Martin Crim
    Nov 27, 2010

    Written by a mathematician who went out of his way to refrain altogether from using formulas and equations and stick strictly to prose, this charming book is a humble refutation of a collection of the most common arguments in favor of the existence of god. Paulos goes through these arg...

    I've been through this one two and a half times and still haven't figured out for whom this book was written. This book takes a few of the classic arguments for the existence of God and refutes them. He refutes them effectively but in the standard manner. Your average atheist or ag...

    Why I read this book: I saw a mention of it online, either on a website or Amazon. As an atheist married to a mathematics major, I was curious to see Paulos's take. This was a good book for me to read on the airplane; it was (mostly) interesting, but not too challenging. (As I get o...

    If Dawkins or Dennett are a little too hardcore for you, Paulos might be the one to truly deflect the mainstream meme that has placed the poorly thought out label of 'fundamentalist atheism' on this movement. He's thorough in his debunking of 'God Exist' arguments without being arrogan...

    Paulos playfully takes on 12 alleged 'proofs' of the existence of a deity - proofs that range from the subtly fallacious to the downright silly. The thing I liked most about the book was that Paulos summarized most of the proofs in syllogistic form, to help expose the flaws in the proo...

    Here it is: This book will explain WHY the arguments for God just don't add up. Once i'm done this collection I'll never have to go to church again, no more religious studies, no more pondering theological issues that are spread throughout the globe and history, no more praying, or hop...

    For some unknowable reason, when you give a negative review to a book, Goodreads goes ahead and recommends more of them. You'd think it would understand that my negative rating means I don't care for this junk. Nevertheless here is something else someone thought I should try. So here g...

    Like a person with no ability to appreciate art writing about painting, Paulos writes about religion from the perspective of a strong, early intuitive feeling toward materialism. Paulos conflates the idea of explanation with the idea of meaning, thus missing the richness of life. Towar...

  • Keith Swenson
    Aug 08, 2012

    Written by a mathematician who went out of his way to refrain altogether from using formulas and equations and stick strictly to prose, this charming book is a humble refutation of a collection of the most common arguments in favor of the existence of god. Paulos goes through these arg...

    I've been through this one two and a half times and still haven't figured out for whom this book was written. This book takes a few of the classic arguments for the existence of God and refutes them. He refutes them effectively but in the standard manner. Your average atheist or ag...

    Why I read this book: I saw a mention of it online, either on a website or Amazon. As an atheist married to a mathematics major, I was curious to see Paulos's take. This was a good book for me to read on the airplane; it was (mostly) interesting, but not too challenging. (As I get o...

    If Dawkins or Dennett are a little too hardcore for you, Paulos might be the one to truly deflect the mainstream meme that has placed the poorly thought out label of 'fundamentalist atheism' on this movement. He's thorough in his debunking of 'God Exist' arguments without being arrogan...

    Paulos playfully takes on 12 alleged 'proofs' of the existence of a deity - proofs that range from the subtly fallacious to the downright silly. The thing I liked most about the book was that Paulos summarized most of the proofs in syllogistic form, to help expose the flaws in the proo...

    Here it is: This book will explain WHY the arguments for God just don't add up. Once i'm done this collection I'll never have to go to church again, no more religious studies, no more pondering theological issues that are spread throughout the globe and history, no more praying, or hop...

    For some unknowable reason, when you give a negative review to a book, Goodreads goes ahead and recommends more of them. You'd think it would understand that my negative rating means I don't care for this junk. Nevertheless here is something else someone thought I should try. So here g...

    Like a person with no ability to appreciate art writing about painting, Paulos writes about religion from the perspective of a strong, early intuitive feeling toward materialism. Paulos conflates the idea of explanation with the idea of meaning, thus missing the richness of life. Towar...

    This is a nifty little (150 pages) book that takes the major arguments for the existence of God and dispatches them quickly and more or less painlessly, simply by examining the logic behind them. All of the hoary favorites are here (Argument from First Cause, Ontological Argument, etc....

    My 16 year old son read it and told me "don't read it!" as my sister had loaned it to me. Well, now I know why, because I didn't get it (and neither did he). I didn't understand the logic in it. What's the need for all these huge words throughout? Making it easier to read would have ma...

    This won't convince anyone not already convinced, but Paulos does apply a mathematical edge to the analysis. The most telling chapter was the last - Athiests, Agnostics, and "Brights". I agree with Paulos in that I am also not too fond of the name "Brights", but maybe it'll catc...

    This is a wonderful book! It is short, elegant with a sometimes humorous angle. Some of the arguments are subtle, so subtle that you need to think "between the lines". But that is fine, because unlike other books on this subject, Paulos does not throw things in your face. His writing i...

    Quite fun, but skates very fast over a lot of the arguments. I can't imagine it being persuasive to anyone who wasn't an atheist already. I must have been given this as a present years ago, and forgotten I had it. I found it on my shelves and read it as I enjoyed other more mathematica...

    for fans only Librettino che riordina e riesamina le varie prove logiche che nei secoli hanno tentato di "dimostrare" l'esistenza di dio. Limitandosi quasi unicamente al dio dei monoteismi trascendenti, ovvero a quello cristiano. La lettura veloce, lo stile garbato e ironico,...

    Atheist authors such as John Allen Paulos strive to bring out a contrarian streak in their readers, but they may get more than they bargain for - though I've been living religion-free for over a year now, I have yet to find an atheist book that doesn't disappoint me in some way. Books ...

    This small, breezy book covers many of the main arguments for god. Most of the refutations aren't original, but Paulos doesn't claim they are - he just thinks it'd be useful to have them all in one place. Fair enough. He's generally pretty careful, as you'd expect a mathematician to be...

    I have been a long time fan of John Allen Paulos's Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences where he talks about the harm to society of a population that does not know how to do math. When I saw this book, couldn't help picking it up. Gave it four stars because it is...

  • Jerrod
    Jul 10, 2010

    Written by a mathematician who went out of his way to refrain altogether from using formulas and equations and stick strictly to prose, this charming book is a humble refutation of a collection of the most common arguments in favor of the existence of god. Paulos goes through these arg...

    I've been through this one two and a half times and still haven't figured out for whom this book was written. This book takes a few of the classic arguments for the existence of God and refutes them. He refutes them effectively but in the standard manner. Your average atheist or ag...

    Why I read this book: I saw a mention of it online, either on a website or Amazon. As an atheist married to a mathematics major, I was curious to see Paulos's take. This was a good book for me to read on the airplane; it was (mostly) interesting, but not too challenging. (As I get o...

    If Dawkins or Dennett are a little too hardcore for you, Paulos might be the one to truly deflect the mainstream meme that has placed the poorly thought out label of 'fundamentalist atheism' on this movement. He's thorough in his debunking of 'God Exist' arguments without being arrogan...

    Paulos playfully takes on 12 alleged 'proofs' of the existence of a deity - proofs that range from the subtly fallacious to the downright silly. The thing I liked most about the book was that Paulos summarized most of the proofs in syllogistic form, to help expose the flaws in the proo...

    Here it is: This book will explain WHY the arguments for God just don't add up. Once i'm done this collection I'll never have to go to church again, no more religious studies, no more pondering theological issues that are spread throughout the globe and history, no more praying, or hop...

    For some unknowable reason, when you give a negative review to a book, Goodreads goes ahead and recommends more of them. You'd think it would understand that my negative rating means I don't care for this junk. Nevertheless here is something else someone thought I should try. So here g...

    Like a person with no ability to appreciate art writing about painting, Paulos writes about religion from the perspective of a strong, early intuitive feeling toward materialism. Paulos conflates the idea of explanation with the idea of meaning, thus missing the richness of life. Towar...

    This is a nifty little (150 pages) book that takes the major arguments for the existence of God and dispatches them quickly and more or less painlessly, simply by examining the logic behind them. All of the hoary favorites are here (Argument from First Cause, Ontological Argument, etc....

    My 16 year old son read it and told me "don't read it!" as my sister had loaned it to me. Well, now I know why, because I didn't get it (and neither did he). I didn't understand the logic in it. What's the need for all these huge words throughout? Making it easier to read would have ma...

    This won't convince anyone not already convinced, but Paulos does apply a mathematical edge to the analysis. The most telling chapter was the last - Athiests, Agnostics, and "Brights". I agree with Paulos in that I am also not too fond of the name "Brights", but maybe it'll catc...

    This is a wonderful book! It is short, elegant with a sometimes humorous angle. Some of the arguments are subtle, so subtle that you need to think "between the lines". But that is fine, because unlike other books on this subject, Paulos does not throw things in your face. His writing i...

    Quite fun, but skates very fast over a lot of the arguments. I can't imagine it being persuasive to anyone who wasn't an atheist already. I must have been given this as a present years ago, and forgotten I had it. I found it on my shelves and read it as I enjoyed other more mathematica...

    for fans only Librettino che riordina e riesamina le varie prove logiche che nei secoli hanno tentato di "dimostrare" l'esistenza di dio. Limitandosi quasi unicamente al dio dei monoteismi trascendenti, ovvero a quello cristiano. La lettura veloce, lo stile garbato e ironico,...

    Atheist authors such as John Allen Paulos strive to bring out a contrarian streak in their readers, but they may get more than they bargain for - though I've been living religion-free for over a year now, I have yet to find an atheist book that doesn't disappoint me in some way. Books ...

    This small, breezy book covers many of the main arguments for god. Most of the refutations aren't original, but Paulos doesn't claim they are - he just thinks it'd be useful to have them all in one place. Fair enough. He's generally pretty careful, as you'd expect a mathematician to be...

    I have been a long time fan of John Allen Paulos's Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences where he talks about the harm to society of a population that does not know how to do math. When I saw this book, couldn't help picking it up. Gave it four stars because it is...

    John Allen Paulos takes a thoroughly interesting look at the arguments for god from the perspective of a mathematician. However, have no fear! You will not be facing page after page of complex equations. Instead, Paulos offers us plain old English. What a relief! I found it interest...

    I borrowed the book from my neighbourhood library, curious about how a Mathematician might perceive believers' reasons for their faith. While the author attempts to argue against the reasons given for the existence of God, there is a lack of consistency in the train of thought and...

    Another excellent book from the author of 'Innumeracy' - this time he takes on about all the arguments for the existence of God, at least in any of the forms envisioned by mainstream religions. Some other authors writing on this topic have taken tones ranging from urgent to strident. ...

    God does not compute...or at least the belief in a divine power does not logically withstand scrutiny according to Paulos, who systematically refutes all the extant arguments for the supernatural from his perspective as Professor of Mathematics at Temple University. This is a subject P...

    I really enjoyed this book. It introduced me to some interesting arguments that I hadn't heard previously. I really liked Paulos' random humor sprinkled throughout as well. There were some concepts that I felt were beyond my understanding but I don't think that detracted from the re...

    Over all a good read. I don't know if I would put it up as something for a philosopher per se to read. But, anyone interested in a mathematical glean on the proofs for god could benefit from this book. It is a short engaging work. Which I think would be only slightly offensive to any ...

  • Emma
    Nov 17, 2010

    Written by a mathematician who went out of his way to refrain altogether from using formulas and equations and stick strictly to prose, this charming book is a humble refutation of a collection of the most common arguments in favor of the existence of god. Paulos goes through these arg...

    I've been through this one two and a half times and still haven't figured out for whom this book was written. This book takes a few of the classic arguments for the existence of God and refutes them. He refutes them effectively but in the standard manner. Your average atheist or ag...

    Why I read this book: I saw a mention of it online, either on a website or Amazon. As an atheist married to a mathematics major, I was curious to see Paulos's take. This was a good book for me to read on the airplane; it was (mostly) interesting, but not too challenging. (As I get o...

    If Dawkins or Dennett are a little too hardcore for you, Paulos might be the one to truly deflect the mainstream meme that has placed the poorly thought out label of 'fundamentalist atheism' on this movement. He's thorough in his debunking of 'God Exist' arguments without being arrogan...

    Paulos playfully takes on 12 alleged 'proofs' of the existence of a deity - proofs that range from the subtly fallacious to the downright silly. The thing I liked most about the book was that Paulos summarized most of the proofs in syllogistic form, to help expose the flaws in the proo...

    Here it is: This book will explain WHY the arguments for God just don't add up. Once i'm done this collection I'll never have to go to church again, no more religious studies, no more pondering theological issues that are spread throughout the globe and history, no more praying, or hop...

    For some unknowable reason, when you give a negative review to a book, Goodreads goes ahead and recommends more of them. You'd think it would understand that my negative rating means I don't care for this junk. Nevertheless here is something else someone thought I should try. So here g...

    Like a person with no ability to appreciate art writing about painting, Paulos writes about religion from the perspective of a strong, early intuitive feeling toward materialism. Paulos conflates the idea of explanation with the idea of meaning, thus missing the richness of life. Towar...

    This is a nifty little (150 pages) book that takes the major arguments for the existence of God and dispatches them quickly and more or less painlessly, simply by examining the logic behind them. All of the hoary favorites are here (Argument from First Cause, Ontological Argument, etc....

    My 16 year old son read it and told me "don't read it!" as my sister had loaned it to me. Well, now I know why, because I didn't get it (and neither did he). I didn't understand the logic in it. What's the need for all these huge words throughout? Making it easier to read would have ma...

    This won't convince anyone not already convinced, but Paulos does apply a mathematical edge to the analysis. The most telling chapter was the last - Athiests, Agnostics, and "Brights". I agree with Paulos in that I am also not too fond of the name "Brights", but maybe it'll catc...

    This is a wonderful book! It is short, elegant with a sometimes humorous angle. Some of the arguments are subtle, so subtle that you need to think "between the lines". But that is fine, because unlike other books on this subject, Paulos does not throw things in your face. His writing i...

    Quite fun, but skates very fast over a lot of the arguments. I can't imagine it being persuasive to anyone who wasn't an atheist already. I must have been given this as a present years ago, and forgotten I had it. I found it on my shelves and read it as I enjoyed other more mathematica...

    for fans only Librettino che riordina e riesamina le varie prove logiche che nei secoli hanno tentato di "dimostrare" l'esistenza di dio. Limitandosi quasi unicamente al dio dei monoteismi trascendenti, ovvero a quello cristiano. La lettura veloce, lo stile garbato e ironico,...

    Atheist authors such as John Allen Paulos strive to bring out a contrarian streak in their readers, but they may get more than they bargain for - though I've been living religion-free for over a year now, I have yet to find an atheist book that doesn't disappoint me in some way. Books ...

    This small, breezy book covers many of the main arguments for god. Most of the refutations aren't original, but Paulos doesn't claim they are - he just thinks it'd be useful to have them all in one place. Fair enough. He's generally pretty careful, as you'd expect a mathematician to be...

    I have been a long time fan of John Allen Paulos's Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences where he talks about the harm to society of a population that does not know how to do math. When I saw this book, couldn't help picking it up. Gave it four stars because it is...

    John Allen Paulos takes a thoroughly interesting look at the arguments for god from the perspective of a mathematician. However, have no fear! You will not be facing page after page of complex equations. Instead, Paulos offers us plain old English. What a relief! I found it interest...

    I borrowed the book from my neighbourhood library, curious about how a Mathematician might perceive believers' reasons for their faith. While the author attempts to argue against the reasons given for the existence of God, there is a lack of consistency in the train of thought and...

    Another excellent book from the author of 'Innumeracy' - this time he takes on about all the arguments for the existence of God, at least in any of the forms envisioned by mainstream religions. Some other authors writing on this topic have taken tones ranging from urgent to strident. ...

    God does not compute...or at least the belief in a divine power does not logically withstand scrutiny according to Paulos, who systematically refutes all the extant arguments for the supernatural from his perspective as Professor of Mathematics at Temple University. This is a subject P...

    I really enjoyed this book. It introduced me to some interesting arguments that I hadn't heard previously. I really liked Paulos' random humor sprinkled throughout as well. There were some concepts that I felt were beyond my understanding but I don't think that detracted from the re...

    Over all a good read. I don't know if I would put it up as something for a philosopher per se to read. But, anyone interested in a mathematical glean on the proofs for god could benefit from this book. It is a short engaging work. Which I think would be only slightly offensive to any ...

    Easier to read than most books of this genre, at times the author does wander off a bit with difficult references. However, for the most part, this concise text evaluates and debunks (not always successfully) most of the arguments for the existence of God. A good read that is more appr...

    A less than original but concise and approachable summary of rebuttals to arguments for the existence of god. Read my full review at my book review blog, Em and Emm Expound on Exposition. ...

  • Yupa
    Nov 18, 2010

    Written by a mathematician who went out of his way to refrain altogether from using formulas and equations and stick strictly to prose, this charming book is a humble refutation of a collection of the most common arguments in favor of the existence of god. Paulos goes through these arg...

    I've been through this one two and a half times and still haven't figured out for whom this book was written. This book takes a few of the classic arguments for the existence of God and refutes them. He refutes them effectively but in the standard manner. Your average atheist or ag...

    Why I read this book: I saw a mention of it online, either on a website or Amazon. As an atheist married to a mathematics major, I was curious to see Paulos's take. This was a good book for me to read on the airplane; it was (mostly) interesting, but not too challenging. (As I get o...

    If Dawkins or Dennett are a little too hardcore for you, Paulos might be the one to truly deflect the mainstream meme that has placed the poorly thought out label of 'fundamentalist atheism' on this movement. He's thorough in his debunking of 'God Exist' arguments without being arrogan...

    Paulos playfully takes on 12 alleged 'proofs' of the existence of a deity - proofs that range from the subtly fallacious to the downright silly. The thing I liked most about the book was that Paulos summarized most of the proofs in syllogistic form, to help expose the flaws in the proo...

    Here it is: This book will explain WHY the arguments for God just don't add up. Once i'm done this collection I'll never have to go to church again, no more religious studies, no more pondering theological issues that are spread throughout the globe and history, no more praying, or hop...

    For some unknowable reason, when you give a negative review to a book, Goodreads goes ahead and recommends more of them. You'd think it would understand that my negative rating means I don't care for this junk. Nevertheless here is something else someone thought I should try. So here g...

    Like a person with no ability to appreciate art writing about painting, Paulos writes about religion from the perspective of a strong, early intuitive feeling toward materialism. Paulos conflates the idea of explanation with the idea of meaning, thus missing the richness of life. Towar...

    This is a nifty little (150 pages) book that takes the major arguments for the existence of God and dispatches them quickly and more or less painlessly, simply by examining the logic behind them. All of the hoary favorites are here (Argument from First Cause, Ontological Argument, etc....

    My 16 year old son read it and told me "don't read it!" as my sister had loaned it to me. Well, now I know why, because I didn't get it (and neither did he). I didn't understand the logic in it. What's the need for all these huge words throughout? Making it easier to read would have ma...

    This won't convince anyone not already convinced, but Paulos does apply a mathematical edge to the analysis. The most telling chapter was the last - Athiests, Agnostics, and "Brights". I agree with Paulos in that I am also not too fond of the name "Brights", but maybe it'll catc...

    This is a wonderful book! It is short, elegant with a sometimes humorous angle. Some of the arguments are subtle, so subtle that you need to think "between the lines". But that is fine, because unlike other books on this subject, Paulos does not throw things in your face. His writing i...

    Quite fun, but skates very fast over a lot of the arguments. I can't imagine it being persuasive to anyone who wasn't an atheist already. I must have been given this as a present years ago, and forgotten I had it. I found it on my shelves and read it as I enjoyed other more mathematica...

    for fans only Librettino che riordina e riesamina le varie prove logiche che nei secoli hanno tentato di "dimostrare" l'esistenza di dio. Limitandosi quasi unicamente al dio dei monoteismi trascendenti, ovvero a quello cristiano. La lettura veloce, lo stile garbato e ironico,...

  • Joel Sassone
    Jul 30, 2011

    Written by a mathematician who went out of his way to refrain altogether from using formulas and equations and stick strictly to prose, this charming book is a humble refutation of a collection of the most common arguments in favor of the existence of god. Paulos goes through these arg...

    I've been through this one two and a half times and still haven't figured out for whom this book was written. This book takes a few of the classic arguments for the existence of God and refutes them. He refutes them effectively but in the standard manner. Your average atheist or ag...

    Why I read this book: I saw a mention of it online, either on a website or Amazon. As an atheist married to a mathematics major, I was curious to see Paulos's take. This was a good book for me to read on the airplane; it was (mostly) interesting, but not too challenging. (As I get o...

    If Dawkins or Dennett are a little too hardcore for you, Paulos might be the one to truly deflect the mainstream meme that has placed the poorly thought out label of 'fundamentalist atheism' on this movement. He's thorough in his debunking of 'God Exist' arguments without being arrogan...

    Paulos playfully takes on 12 alleged 'proofs' of the existence of a deity - proofs that range from the subtly fallacious to the downright silly. The thing I liked most about the book was that Paulos summarized most of the proofs in syllogistic form, to help expose the flaws in the proo...

    Here it is: This book will explain WHY the arguments for God just don't add up. Once i'm done this collection I'll never have to go to church again, no more religious studies, no more pondering theological issues that are spread throughout the globe and history, no more praying, or hop...

    For some unknowable reason, when you give a negative review to a book, Goodreads goes ahead and recommends more of them. You'd think it would understand that my negative rating means I don't care for this junk. Nevertheless here is something else someone thought I should try. So here g...

    Like a person with no ability to appreciate art writing about painting, Paulos writes about religion from the perspective of a strong, early intuitive feeling toward materialism. Paulos conflates the idea of explanation with the idea of meaning, thus missing the richness of life. Towar...

    This is a nifty little (150 pages) book that takes the major arguments for the existence of God and dispatches them quickly and more or less painlessly, simply by examining the logic behind them. All of the hoary favorites are here (Argument from First Cause, Ontological Argument, etc....

    My 16 year old son read it and told me "don't read it!" as my sister had loaned it to me. Well, now I know why, because I didn't get it (and neither did he). I didn't understand the logic in it. What's the need for all these huge words throughout? Making it easier to read would have ma...

    This won't convince anyone not already convinced, but Paulos does apply a mathematical edge to the analysis. The most telling chapter was the last - Athiests, Agnostics, and "Brights". I agree with Paulos in that I am also not too fond of the name "Brights", but maybe it'll catc...

    This is a wonderful book! It is short, elegant with a sometimes humorous angle. Some of the arguments are subtle, so subtle that you need to think "between the lines". But that is fine, because unlike other books on this subject, Paulos does not throw things in your face. His writing i...

    Quite fun, but skates very fast over a lot of the arguments. I can't imagine it being persuasive to anyone who wasn't an atheist already. I must have been given this as a present years ago, and forgotten I had it. I found it on my shelves and read it as I enjoyed other more mathematica...

    for fans only Librettino che riordina e riesamina le varie prove logiche che nei secoli hanno tentato di "dimostrare" l'esistenza di dio. Limitandosi quasi unicamente al dio dei monoteismi trascendenti, ovvero a quello cristiano. La lettura veloce, lo stile garbato e ironico,...

    Atheist authors such as John Allen Paulos strive to bring out a contrarian streak in their readers, but they may get more than they bargain for - though I've been living religion-free for over a year now, I have yet to find an atheist book that doesn't disappoint me in some way. Books ...

    This small, breezy book covers many of the main arguments for god. Most of the refutations aren't original, but Paulos doesn't claim they are - he just thinks it'd be useful to have them all in one place. Fair enough. He's generally pretty careful, as you'd expect a mathematician to be...

    I have been a long time fan of John Allen Paulos's Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences where he talks about the harm to society of a population that does not know how to do math. When I saw this book, couldn't help picking it up. Gave it four stars because it is...

    John Allen Paulos takes a thoroughly interesting look at the arguments for god from the perspective of a mathematician. However, have no fear! You will not be facing page after page of complex equations. Instead, Paulos offers us plain old English. What a relief! I found it interest...

    I borrowed the book from my neighbourhood library, curious about how a Mathematician might perceive believers' reasons for their faith. While the author attempts to argue against the reasons given for the existence of God, there is a lack of consistency in the train of thought and...

    Another excellent book from the author of 'Innumeracy' - this time he takes on about all the arguments for the existence of God, at least in any of the forms envisioned by mainstream religions. Some other authors writing on this topic have taken tones ranging from urgent to strident. ...

    God does not compute...or at least the belief in a divine power does not logically withstand scrutiny according to Paulos, who systematically refutes all the extant arguments for the supernatural from his perspective as Professor of Mathematics at Temple University. This is a subject P...

    I really enjoyed this book. It introduced me to some interesting arguments that I hadn't heard previously. I really liked Paulos' random humor sprinkled throughout as well. There were some concepts that I felt were beyond my understanding but I don't think that detracted from the re...

    Over all a good read. I don't know if I would put it up as something for a philosopher per se to read. But, anyone interested in a mathematical glean on the proofs for god could benefit from this book. It is a short engaging work. Which I think would be only slightly offensive to any ...

    Easier to read than most books of this genre, at times the author does wander off a bit with difficult references. However, for the most part, this concise text evaluates and debunks (not always successfully) most of the arguments for the existence of God. A good read that is more appr...

    A less than original but concise and approachable summary of rebuttals to arguments for the existence of god. Read my full review at my book review blog, Em and Emm Expound on Exposition. ...

    It's me, over here in the choir robes. Nothing in this book I didn't already embrace, I mean. The geeky mathematical angle was a huge bonus. I found this audio book fun, funny and comforting. If you like this sort of thing, this is the sort of thing you like. And I do. ...

    Short and sweet, like a Beatles song. If a Beatles song were to describe the logical fallacies underlying belief in a god, that is. The author is a mathematician, but no math is involved in this book, just logic. ...

  • Jim Razinha
    Aug 04, 2011

    Written by a mathematician who went out of his way to refrain altogether from using formulas and equations and stick strictly to prose, this charming book is a humble refutation of a collection of the most common arguments in favor of the existence of god. Paulos goes through these arg...

    I've been through this one two and a half times and still haven't figured out for whom this book was written. This book takes a few of the classic arguments for the existence of God and refutes them. He refutes them effectively but in the standard manner. Your average atheist or ag...

    Why I read this book: I saw a mention of it online, either on a website or Amazon. As an atheist married to a mathematics major, I was curious to see Paulos's take. This was a good book for me to read on the airplane; it was (mostly) interesting, but not too challenging. (As I get o...

    If Dawkins or Dennett are a little too hardcore for you, Paulos might be the one to truly deflect the mainstream meme that has placed the poorly thought out label of 'fundamentalist atheism' on this movement. He's thorough in his debunking of 'God Exist' arguments without being arrogan...

    Paulos playfully takes on 12 alleged 'proofs' of the existence of a deity - proofs that range from the subtly fallacious to the downright silly. The thing I liked most about the book was that Paulos summarized most of the proofs in syllogistic form, to help expose the flaws in the proo...

    Here it is: This book will explain WHY the arguments for God just don't add up. Once i'm done this collection I'll never have to go to church again, no more religious studies, no more pondering theological issues that are spread throughout the globe and history, no more praying, or hop...

    For some unknowable reason, when you give a negative review to a book, Goodreads goes ahead and recommends more of them. You'd think it would understand that my negative rating means I don't care for this junk. Nevertheless here is something else someone thought I should try. So here g...

    Like a person with no ability to appreciate art writing about painting, Paulos writes about religion from the perspective of a strong, early intuitive feeling toward materialism. Paulos conflates the idea of explanation with the idea of meaning, thus missing the richness of life. Towar...

    This is a nifty little (150 pages) book that takes the major arguments for the existence of God and dispatches them quickly and more or less painlessly, simply by examining the logic behind them. All of the hoary favorites are here (Argument from First Cause, Ontological Argument, etc....

    My 16 year old son read it and told me "don't read it!" as my sister had loaned it to me. Well, now I know why, because I didn't get it (and neither did he). I didn't understand the logic in it. What's the need for all these huge words throughout? Making it easier to read would have ma...

    This won't convince anyone not already convinced, but Paulos does apply a mathematical edge to the analysis. The most telling chapter was the last - Athiests, Agnostics, and "Brights". I agree with Paulos in that I am also not too fond of the name "Brights", but maybe it'll catc...

  • Prospero
    Nov 27, 2011

    Written by a mathematician who went out of his way to refrain altogether from using formulas and equations and stick strictly to prose, this charming book is a humble refutation of a collection of the most common arguments in favor of the existence of god. Paulos goes through these arg...

    I've been through this one two and a half times and still haven't figured out for whom this book was written. This book takes a few of the classic arguments for the existence of God and refutes them. He refutes them effectively but in the standard manner. Your average atheist or ag...

    Why I read this book: I saw a mention of it online, either on a website or Amazon. As an atheist married to a mathematics major, I was curious to see Paulos's take. This was a good book for me to read on the airplane; it was (mostly) interesting, but not too challenging. (As I get o...

    If Dawkins or Dennett are a little too hardcore for you, Paulos might be the one to truly deflect the mainstream meme that has placed the poorly thought out label of 'fundamentalist atheism' on this movement. He's thorough in his debunking of 'God Exist' arguments without being arrogan...

    Paulos playfully takes on 12 alleged 'proofs' of the existence of a deity - proofs that range from the subtly fallacious to the downright silly. The thing I liked most about the book was that Paulos summarized most of the proofs in syllogistic form, to help expose the flaws in the proo...

    Here it is: This book will explain WHY the arguments for God just don't add up. Once i'm done this collection I'll never have to go to church again, no more religious studies, no more pondering theological issues that are spread throughout the globe and history, no more praying, or hop...

    For some unknowable reason, when you give a negative review to a book, Goodreads goes ahead and recommends more of them. You'd think it would understand that my negative rating means I don't care for this junk. Nevertheless here is something else someone thought I should try. So here g...

    Like a person with no ability to appreciate art writing about painting, Paulos writes about religion from the perspective of a strong, early intuitive feeling toward materialism. Paulos conflates the idea of explanation with the idea of meaning, thus missing the richness of life. Towar...

    This is a nifty little (150 pages) book that takes the major arguments for the existence of God and dispatches them quickly and more or less painlessly, simply by examining the logic behind them. All of the hoary favorites are here (Argument from First Cause, Ontological Argument, etc....

    My 16 year old son read it and told me "don't read it!" as my sister had loaned it to me. Well, now I know why, because I didn't get it (and neither did he). I didn't understand the logic in it. What's the need for all these huge words throughout? Making it easier to read would have ma...

    This won't convince anyone not already convinced, but Paulos does apply a mathematical edge to the analysis. The most telling chapter was the last - Athiests, Agnostics, and "Brights". I agree with Paulos in that I am also not too fond of the name "Brights", but maybe it'll catc...

    This is a wonderful book! It is short, elegant with a sometimes humorous angle. Some of the arguments are subtle, so subtle that you need to think "between the lines". But that is fine, because unlike other books on this subject, Paulos does not throw things in your face. His writing i...

    Quite fun, but skates very fast over a lot of the arguments. I can't imagine it being persuasive to anyone who wasn't an atheist already. I must have been given this as a present years ago, and forgotten I had it. I found it on my shelves and read it as I enjoyed other more mathematica...

    for fans only Librettino che riordina e riesamina le varie prove logiche che nei secoli hanno tentato di "dimostrare" l'esistenza di dio. Limitandosi quasi unicamente al dio dei monoteismi trascendenti, ovvero a quello cristiano. La lettura veloce, lo stile garbato e ironico,...

    Atheist authors such as John Allen Paulos strive to bring out a contrarian streak in their readers, but they may get more than they bargain for - though I've been living religion-free for over a year now, I have yet to find an atheist book that doesn't disappoint me in some way. Books ...

    This small, breezy book covers many of the main arguments for god. Most of the refutations aren't original, but Paulos doesn't claim they are - he just thinks it'd be useful to have them all in one place. Fair enough. He's generally pretty careful, as you'd expect a mathematician to be...

    I have been a long time fan of John Allen Paulos's Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences where he talks about the harm to society of a population that does not know how to do math. When I saw this book, couldn't help picking it up. Gave it four stars because it is...

    John Allen Paulos takes a thoroughly interesting look at the arguments for god from the perspective of a mathematician. However, have no fear! You will not be facing page after page of complex equations. Instead, Paulos offers us plain old English. What a relief! I found it interest...

    I borrowed the book from my neighbourhood library, curious about how a Mathematician might perceive believers' reasons for their faith. While the author attempts to argue against the reasons given for the existence of God, there is a lack of consistency in the train of thought and...

    Another excellent book from the author of 'Innumeracy' - this time he takes on about all the arguments for the existence of God, at least in any of the forms envisioned by mainstream religions. Some other authors writing on this topic have taken tones ranging from urgent to strident. ...

    God does not compute...or at least the belief in a divine power does not logically withstand scrutiny according to Paulos, who systematically refutes all the extant arguments for the supernatural from his perspective as Professor of Mathematics at Temple University. This is a subject P...

  • Iris
    Mar 17, 2015

    Written by a mathematician who went out of his way to refrain altogether from using formulas and equations and stick strictly to prose, this charming book is a humble refutation of a collection of the most common arguments in favor of the existence of god. Paulos goes through these arg...

    I've been through this one two and a half times and still haven't figured out for whom this book was written. This book takes a few of the classic arguments for the existence of God and refutes them. He refutes them effectively but in the standard manner. Your average atheist or ag...

    Why I read this book: I saw a mention of it online, either on a website or Amazon. As an atheist married to a mathematics major, I was curious to see Paulos's take. This was a good book for me to read on the airplane; it was (mostly) interesting, but not too challenging. (As I get o...

    If Dawkins or Dennett are a little too hardcore for you, Paulos might be the one to truly deflect the mainstream meme that has placed the poorly thought out label of 'fundamentalist atheism' on this movement. He's thorough in his debunking of 'God Exist' arguments without being arrogan...

    Paulos playfully takes on 12 alleged 'proofs' of the existence of a deity - proofs that range from the subtly fallacious to the downright silly. The thing I liked most about the book was that Paulos summarized most of the proofs in syllogistic form, to help expose the flaws in the proo...

    Here it is: This book will explain WHY the arguments for God just don't add up. Once i'm done this collection I'll never have to go to church again, no more religious studies, no more pondering theological issues that are spread throughout the globe and history, no more praying, or hop...

    For some unknowable reason, when you give a negative review to a book, Goodreads goes ahead and recommends more of them. You'd think it would understand that my negative rating means I don't care for this junk. Nevertheless here is something else someone thought I should try. So here g...

    Like a person with no ability to appreciate art writing about painting, Paulos writes about religion from the perspective of a strong, early intuitive feeling toward materialism. Paulos conflates the idea of explanation with the idea of meaning, thus missing the richness of life. Towar...

    This is a nifty little (150 pages) book that takes the major arguments for the existence of God and dispatches them quickly and more or less painlessly, simply by examining the logic behind them. All of the hoary favorites are here (Argument from First Cause, Ontological Argument, etc....

    My 16 year old son read it and told me "don't read it!" as my sister had loaned it to me. Well, now I know why, because I didn't get it (and neither did he). I didn't understand the logic in it. What's the need for all these huge words throughout? Making it easier to read would have ma...

    This won't convince anyone not already convinced, but Paulos does apply a mathematical edge to the analysis. The most telling chapter was the last - Athiests, Agnostics, and "Brights". I agree with Paulos in that I am also not too fond of the name "Brights", but maybe it'll catc...

    This is a wonderful book! It is short, elegant with a sometimes humorous angle. Some of the arguments are subtle, so subtle that you need to think "between the lines". But that is fine, because unlike other books on this subject, Paulos does not throw things in your face. His writing i...

    Quite fun, but skates very fast over a lot of the arguments. I can't imagine it being persuasive to anyone who wasn't an atheist already. I must have been given this as a present years ago, and forgotten I had it. I found it on my shelves and read it as I enjoyed other more mathematica...

    for fans only Librettino che riordina e riesamina le varie prove logiche che nei secoli hanno tentato di "dimostrare" l'esistenza di dio. Limitandosi quasi unicamente al dio dei monoteismi trascendenti, ovvero a quello cristiano. La lettura veloce, lo stile garbato e ironico,...

    Atheist authors such as John Allen Paulos strive to bring out a contrarian streak in their readers, but they may get more than they bargain for - though I've been living religion-free for over a year now, I have yet to find an atheist book that doesn't disappoint me in some way. Books ...

    This small, breezy book covers many of the main arguments for god. Most of the refutations aren't original, but Paulos doesn't claim they are - he just thinks it'd be useful to have them all in one place. Fair enough. He's generally pretty careful, as you'd expect a mathematician to be...

    I have been a long time fan of John Allen Paulos's Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences where he talks about the harm to society of a population that does not know how to do math. When I saw this book, couldn't help picking it up. Gave it four stars because it is...

    John Allen Paulos takes a thoroughly interesting look at the arguments for god from the perspective of a mathematician. However, have no fear! You will not be facing page after page of complex equations. Instead, Paulos offers us plain old English. What a relief! I found it interest...

    I borrowed the book from my neighbourhood library, curious about how a Mathematician might perceive believers' reasons for their faith. While the author attempts to argue against the reasons given for the existence of God, there is a lack of consistency in the train of thought and...

  • Mike de la Flor
    Apr 30, 2012

    Written by a mathematician who went out of his way to refrain altogether from using formulas and equations and stick strictly to prose, this charming book is a humble refutation of a collection of the most common arguments in favor of the existence of god. Paulos goes through these arg...

    I've been through this one two and a half times and still haven't figured out for whom this book was written. This book takes a few of the classic arguments for the existence of God and refutes them. He refutes them effectively but in the standard manner. Your average atheist or ag...

    Why I read this book: I saw a mention of it online, either on a website or Amazon. As an atheist married to a mathematics major, I was curious to see Paulos's take. This was a good book for me to read on the airplane; it was (mostly) interesting, but not too challenging. (As I get o...

    If Dawkins or Dennett are a little too hardcore for you, Paulos might be the one to truly deflect the mainstream meme that has placed the poorly thought out label of 'fundamentalist atheism' on this movement. He's thorough in his debunking of 'God Exist' arguments without being arrogan...

    Paulos playfully takes on 12 alleged 'proofs' of the existence of a deity - proofs that range from the subtly fallacious to the downright silly. The thing I liked most about the book was that Paulos summarized most of the proofs in syllogistic form, to help expose the flaws in the proo...

    Here it is: This book will explain WHY the arguments for God just don't add up. Once i'm done this collection I'll never have to go to church again, no more religious studies, no more pondering theological issues that are spread throughout the globe and history, no more praying, or hop...

    For some unknowable reason, when you give a negative review to a book, Goodreads goes ahead and recommends more of them. You'd think it would understand that my negative rating means I don't care for this junk. Nevertheless here is something else someone thought I should try. So here g...

    Like a person with no ability to appreciate art writing about painting, Paulos writes about religion from the perspective of a strong, early intuitive feeling toward materialism. Paulos conflates the idea of explanation with the idea of meaning, thus missing the richness of life. Towar...

    This is a nifty little (150 pages) book that takes the major arguments for the existence of God and dispatches them quickly and more or less painlessly, simply by examining the logic behind them. All of the hoary favorites are here (Argument from First Cause, Ontological Argument, etc....

    My 16 year old son read it and told me "don't read it!" as my sister had loaned it to me. Well, now I know why, because I didn't get it (and neither did he). I didn't understand the logic in it. What's the need for all these huge words throughout? Making it easier to read would have ma...

    This won't convince anyone not already convinced, but Paulos does apply a mathematical edge to the analysis. The most telling chapter was the last - Athiests, Agnostics, and "Brights". I agree with Paulos in that I am also not too fond of the name "Brights", but maybe it'll catc...

    This is a wonderful book! It is short, elegant with a sometimes humorous angle. Some of the arguments are subtle, so subtle that you need to think "between the lines". But that is fine, because unlike other books on this subject, Paulos does not throw things in your face. His writing i...

    Quite fun, but skates very fast over a lot of the arguments. I can't imagine it being persuasive to anyone who wasn't an atheist already. I must have been given this as a present years ago, and forgotten I had it. I found it on my shelves and read it as I enjoyed other more mathematica...

    for fans only Librettino che riordina e riesamina le varie prove logiche che nei secoli hanno tentato di "dimostrare" l'esistenza di dio. Limitandosi quasi unicamente al dio dei monoteismi trascendenti, ovvero a quello cristiano. La lettura veloce, lo stile garbato e ironico,...

    Atheist authors such as John Allen Paulos strive to bring out a contrarian streak in their readers, but they may get more than they bargain for - though I've been living religion-free for over a year now, I have yet to find an atheist book that doesn't disappoint me in some way. Books ...

    This small, breezy book covers many of the main arguments for god. Most of the refutations aren't original, but Paulos doesn't claim they are - he just thinks it'd be useful to have them all in one place. Fair enough. He's generally pretty careful, as you'd expect a mathematician to be...

    I have been a long time fan of John Allen Paulos's Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences where he talks about the harm to society of a population that does not know how to do math. When I saw this book, couldn't help picking it up. Gave it four stars because it is...

    John Allen Paulos takes a thoroughly interesting look at the arguments for god from the perspective of a mathematician. However, have no fear! You will not be facing page after page of complex equations. Instead, Paulos offers us plain old English. What a relief! I found it interest...

    I borrowed the book from my neighbourhood library, curious about how a Mathematician might perceive believers' reasons for their faith. While the author attempts to argue against the reasons given for the existence of God, there is a lack of consistency in the train of thought and...

    Another excellent book from the author of 'Innumeracy' - this time he takes on about all the arguments for the existence of God, at least in any of the forms envisioned by mainstream religions. Some other authors writing on this topic have taken tones ranging from urgent to strident. ...

    God does not compute...or at least the belief in a divine power does not logically withstand scrutiny according to Paulos, who systematically refutes all the extant arguments for the supernatural from his perspective as Professor of Mathematics at Temple University. This is a subject P...

    I really enjoyed this book. It introduced me to some interesting arguments that I hadn't heard previously. I really liked Paulos' random humor sprinkled throughout as well. There were some concepts that I felt were beyond my understanding but I don't think that detracted from the re...

    Over all a good read. I don't know if I would put it up as something for a philosopher per se to read. But, anyone interested in a mathematical glean on the proofs for god could benefit from this book. It is a short engaging work. Which I think would be only slightly offensive to any ...

    Easier to read than most books of this genre, at times the author does wander off a bit with difficult references. However, for the most part, this concise text evaluates and debunks (not always successfully) most of the arguments for the existence of God. A good read that is more appr...

    A less than original but concise and approachable summary of rebuttals to arguments for the existence of god. Read my full review at my book review blog, Em and Emm Expound on Exposition. ...

    It's me, over here in the choir robes. Nothing in this book I didn't already embrace, I mean. The geeky mathematical angle was a huge bonus. I found this audio book fun, funny and comforting. If you like this sort of thing, this is the sort of thing you like. And I do. ...

    Short and sweet, like a Beatles song. If a Beatles song were to describe the logical fallacies underlying belief in a god, that is. The author is a mathematician, but no math is involved in this book, just logic. ...

    This is a fun take on debunking the arguments for the existence of God from a mathematician's point of view. This a short book and a fairly easy read. ...

  • Ciaran
    Oct 22, 2017

    Written by a mathematician who went out of his way to refrain altogether from using formulas and equations and stick strictly to prose, this charming book is a humble refutation of a collection of the most common arguments in favor of the existence of god. Paulos goes through these arg...

    I've been through this one two and a half times and still haven't figured out for whom this book was written. This book takes a few of the classic arguments for the existence of God and refutes them. He refutes them effectively but in the standard manner. Your average atheist or ag...

    Why I read this book: I saw a mention of it online, either on a website or Amazon. As an atheist married to a mathematics major, I was curious to see Paulos's take. This was a good book for me to read on the airplane; it was (mostly) interesting, but not too challenging. (As I get o...

    If Dawkins or Dennett are a little too hardcore for you, Paulos might be the one to truly deflect the mainstream meme that has placed the poorly thought out label of 'fundamentalist atheism' on this movement. He's thorough in his debunking of 'God Exist' arguments without being arrogan...

    Paulos playfully takes on 12 alleged 'proofs' of the existence of a deity - proofs that range from the subtly fallacious to the downright silly. The thing I liked most about the book was that Paulos summarized most of the proofs in syllogistic form, to help expose the flaws in the proo...

    Here it is: This book will explain WHY the arguments for God just don't add up. Once i'm done this collection I'll never have to go to church again, no more religious studies, no more pondering theological issues that are spread throughout the globe and history, no more praying, or hop...

    For some unknowable reason, when you give a negative review to a book, Goodreads goes ahead and recommends more of them. You'd think it would understand that my negative rating means I don't care for this junk. Nevertheless here is something else someone thought I should try. So here g...

    Like a person with no ability to appreciate art writing about painting, Paulos writes about religion from the perspective of a strong, early intuitive feeling toward materialism. Paulos conflates the idea of explanation with the idea of meaning, thus missing the richness of life. Towar...

    This is a nifty little (150 pages) book that takes the major arguments for the existence of God and dispatches them quickly and more or less painlessly, simply by examining the logic behind them. All of the hoary favorites are here (Argument from First Cause, Ontological Argument, etc....

    My 16 year old son read it and told me "don't read it!" as my sister had loaned it to me. Well, now I know why, because I didn't get it (and neither did he). I didn't understand the logic in it. What's the need for all these huge words throughout? Making it easier to read would have ma...

    This won't convince anyone not already convinced, but Paulos does apply a mathematical edge to the analysis. The most telling chapter was the last - Athiests, Agnostics, and "Brights". I agree with Paulos in that I am also not too fond of the name "Brights", but maybe it'll catc...

    This is a wonderful book! It is short, elegant with a sometimes humorous angle. Some of the arguments are subtle, so subtle that you need to think "between the lines". But that is fine, because unlike other books on this subject, Paulos does not throw things in your face. His writing i...

    Quite fun, but skates very fast over a lot of the arguments. I can't imagine it being persuasive to anyone who wasn't an atheist already. I must have been given this as a present years ago, and forgotten I had it. I found it on my shelves and read it as I enjoyed other more mathematica...

  • Eliot Parulidae
    Jan 04, 2014

    Written by a mathematician who went out of his way to refrain altogether from using formulas and equations and stick strictly to prose, this charming book is a humble refutation of a collection of the most common arguments in favor of the existence of god. Paulos goes through these arg...

    I've been through this one two and a half times and still haven't figured out for whom this book was written. This book takes a few of the classic arguments for the existence of God and refutes them. He refutes them effectively but in the standard manner. Your average atheist or ag...

    Why I read this book: I saw a mention of it online, either on a website or Amazon. As an atheist married to a mathematics major, I was curious to see Paulos's take. This was a good book for me to read on the airplane; it was (mostly) interesting, but not too challenging. (As I get o...

    If Dawkins or Dennett are a little too hardcore for you, Paulos might be the one to truly deflect the mainstream meme that has placed the poorly thought out label of 'fundamentalist atheism' on this movement. He's thorough in his debunking of 'God Exist' arguments without being arrogan...

    Paulos playfully takes on 12 alleged 'proofs' of the existence of a deity - proofs that range from the subtly fallacious to the downright silly. The thing I liked most about the book was that Paulos summarized most of the proofs in syllogistic form, to help expose the flaws in the proo...

    Here it is: This book will explain WHY the arguments for God just don't add up. Once i'm done this collection I'll never have to go to church again, no more religious studies, no more pondering theological issues that are spread throughout the globe and history, no more praying, or hop...

    For some unknowable reason, when you give a negative review to a book, Goodreads goes ahead and recommends more of them. You'd think it would understand that my negative rating means I don't care for this junk. Nevertheless here is something else someone thought I should try. So here g...

    Like a person with no ability to appreciate art writing about painting, Paulos writes about religion from the perspective of a strong, early intuitive feeling toward materialism. Paulos conflates the idea of explanation with the idea of meaning, thus missing the richness of life. Towar...

    This is a nifty little (150 pages) book that takes the major arguments for the existence of God and dispatches them quickly and more or less painlessly, simply by examining the logic behind them. All of the hoary favorites are here (Argument from First Cause, Ontological Argument, etc....

    My 16 year old son read it and told me "don't read it!" as my sister had loaned it to me. Well, now I know why, because I didn't get it (and neither did he). I didn't understand the logic in it. What's the need for all these huge words throughout? Making it easier to read would have ma...

    This won't convince anyone not already convinced, but Paulos does apply a mathematical edge to the analysis. The most telling chapter was the last - Athiests, Agnostics, and "Brights". I agree with Paulos in that I am also not too fond of the name "Brights", but maybe it'll catc...

    This is a wonderful book! It is short, elegant with a sometimes humorous angle. Some of the arguments are subtle, so subtle that you need to think "between the lines". But that is fine, because unlike other books on this subject, Paulos does not throw things in your face. His writing i...

    Quite fun, but skates very fast over a lot of the arguments. I can't imagine it being persuasive to anyone who wasn't an atheist already. I must have been given this as a present years ago, and forgotten I had it. I found it on my shelves and read it as I enjoyed other more mathematica...

    for fans only Librettino che riordina e riesamina le varie prove logiche che nei secoli hanno tentato di "dimostrare" l'esistenza di dio. Limitandosi quasi unicamente al dio dei monoteismi trascendenti, ovvero a quello cristiano. La lettura veloce, lo stile garbato e ironico,...

    Atheist authors such as John Allen Paulos strive to bring out a contrarian streak in their readers, but they may get more than they bargain for - though I've been living religion-free for over a year now, I have yet to find an atheist book that doesn't disappoint me in some way. Books ...

  • Raja99
    Sep 26, 2008

    Written by a mathematician who went out of his way to refrain altogether from using formulas and equations and stick strictly to prose, this charming book is a humble refutation of a collection of the most common arguments in favor of the existence of god. Paulos goes through these arg...

    I've been through this one two and a half times and still haven't figured out for whom this book was written. This book takes a few of the classic arguments for the existence of God and refutes them. He refutes them effectively but in the standard manner. Your average atheist or ag...

    Why I read this book: I saw a mention of it online, either on a website or Amazon. As an atheist married to a mathematics major, I was curious to see Paulos's take. This was a good book for me to read on the airplane; it was (mostly) interesting, but not too challenging. (As I get o...

  • Jay Cole
    Aug 05, 2015

    Written by a mathematician who went out of his way to refrain altogether from using formulas and equations and stick strictly to prose, this charming book is a humble refutation of a collection of the most common arguments in favor of the existence of god. Paulos goes through these arg...

    I've been through this one two and a half times and still haven't figured out for whom this book was written. This book takes a few of the classic arguments for the existence of God and refutes them. He refutes them effectively but in the standard manner. Your average atheist or ag...

    Why I read this book: I saw a mention of it online, either on a website or Amazon. As an atheist married to a mathematics major, I was curious to see Paulos's take. This was a good book for me to read on the airplane; it was (mostly) interesting, but not too challenging. (As I get o...

    If Dawkins or Dennett are a little too hardcore for you, Paulos might be the one to truly deflect the mainstream meme that has placed the poorly thought out label of 'fundamentalist atheism' on this movement. He's thorough in his debunking of 'God Exist' arguments without being arrogan...

    Paulos playfully takes on 12 alleged 'proofs' of the existence of a deity - proofs that range from the subtly fallacious to the downright silly. The thing I liked most about the book was that Paulos summarized most of the proofs in syllogistic form, to help expose the flaws in the proo...

    Here it is: This book will explain WHY the arguments for God just don't add up. Once i'm done this collection I'll never have to go to church again, no more religious studies, no more pondering theological issues that are spread throughout the globe and history, no more praying, or hop...

    For some unknowable reason, when you give a negative review to a book, Goodreads goes ahead and recommends more of them. You'd think it would understand that my negative rating means I don't care for this junk. Nevertheless here is something else someone thought I should try. So here g...

    Like a person with no ability to appreciate art writing about painting, Paulos writes about religion from the perspective of a strong, early intuitive feeling toward materialism. Paulos conflates the idea of explanation with the idea of meaning, thus missing the richness of life. Towar...

    This is a nifty little (150 pages) book that takes the major arguments for the existence of God and dispatches them quickly and more or less painlessly, simply by examining the logic behind them. All of the hoary favorites are here (Argument from First Cause, Ontological Argument, etc....

    My 16 year old son read it and told me "don't read it!" as my sister had loaned it to me. Well, now I know why, because I didn't get it (and neither did he). I didn't understand the logic in it. What's the need for all these huge words throughout? Making it easier to read would have ma...

    This won't convince anyone not already convinced, but Paulos does apply a mathematical edge to the analysis. The most telling chapter was the last - Athiests, Agnostics, and "Brights". I agree with Paulos in that I am also not too fond of the name "Brights", but maybe it'll catc...

    This is a wonderful book! It is short, elegant with a sometimes humorous angle. Some of the arguments are subtle, so subtle that you need to think "between the lines". But that is fine, because unlike other books on this subject, Paulos does not throw things in your face. His writing i...

    Quite fun, but skates very fast over a lot of the arguments. I can't imagine it being persuasive to anyone who wasn't an atheist already. I must have been given this as a present years ago, and forgotten I had it. I found it on my shelves and read it as I enjoyed other more mathematica...

    for fans only Librettino che riordina e riesamina le varie prove logiche che nei secoli hanno tentato di "dimostrare" l'esistenza di dio. Limitandosi quasi unicamente al dio dei monoteismi trascendenti, ovvero a quello cristiano. La lettura veloce, lo stile garbato e ironico,...

    Atheist authors such as John Allen Paulos strive to bring out a contrarian streak in their readers, but they may get more than they bargain for - though I've been living religion-free for over a year now, I have yet to find an atheist book that doesn't disappoint me in some way. Books ...

    This small, breezy book covers many of the main arguments for god. Most of the refutations aren't original, but Paulos doesn't claim they are - he just thinks it'd be useful to have them all in one place. Fair enough. He's generally pretty careful, as you'd expect a mathematician to be...

    I have been a long time fan of John Allen Paulos's Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences where he talks about the harm to society of a population that does not know how to do math. When I saw this book, couldn't help picking it up. Gave it four stars because it is...

    John Allen Paulos takes a thoroughly interesting look at the arguments for god from the perspective of a mathematician. However, have no fear! You will not be facing page after page of complex equations. Instead, Paulos offers us plain old English. What a relief! I found it interest...

  • Kokelector
    Jan 31, 2018

    Written by a mathematician who went out of his way to refrain altogether from using formulas and equations and stick strictly to prose, this charming book is a humble refutation of a collection of the most common arguments in favor of the existence of god. Paulos goes through these arg...

    I've been through this one two and a half times and still haven't figured out for whom this book was written. This book takes a few of the classic arguments for the existence of God and refutes them. He refutes them effectively but in the standard manner. Your average atheist or ag...

    Why I read this book: I saw a mention of it online, either on a website or Amazon. As an atheist married to a mathematics major, I was curious to see Paulos's take. This was a good book for me to read on the airplane; it was (mostly) interesting, but not too challenging. (As I get o...

    If Dawkins or Dennett are a little too hardcore for you, Paulos might be the one to truly deflect the mainstream meme that has placed the poorly thought out label of 'fundamentalist atheism' on this movement. He's thorough in his debunking of 'God Exist' arguments without being arrogan...

    Paulos playfully takes on 12 alleged 'proofs' of the existence of a deity - proofs that range from the subtly fallacious to the downright silly. The thing I liked most about the book was that Paulos summarized most of the proofs in syllogistic form, to help expose the flaws in the proo...

    Here it is: This book will explain WHY the arguments for God just don't add up. Once i'm done this collection I'll never have to go to church again, no more religious studies, no more pondering theological issues that are spread throughout the globe and history, no more praying, or hop...

    For some unknowable reason, when you give a negative review to a book, Goodreads goes ahead and recommends more of them. You'd think it would understand that my negative rating means I don't care for this junk. Nevertheless here is something else someone thought I should try. So here g...

    Like a person with no ability to appreciate art writing about painting, Paulos writes about religion from the perspective of a strong, early intuitive feeling toward materialism. Paulos conflates the idea of explanation with the idea of meaning, thus missing the richness of life. Towar...

    This is a nifty little (150 pages) book that takes the major arguments for the existence of God and dispatches them quickly and more or less painlessly, simply by examining the logic behind them. All of the hoary favorites are here (Argument from First Cause, Ontological Argument, etc....

    My 16 year old son read it and told me "don't read it!" as my sister had loaned it to me. Well, now I know why, because I didn't get it (and neither did he). I didn't understand the logic in it. What's the need for all these huge words throughout? Making it easier to read would have ma...

    This won't convince anyone not already convinced, but Paulos does apply a mathematical edge to the analysis. The most telling chapter was the last - Athiests, Agnostics, and "Brights". I agree with Paulos in that I am also not too fond of the name "Brights", but maybe it'll catc...

    This is a wonderful book! It is short, elegant with a sometimes humorous angle. Some of the arguments are subtle, so subtle that you need to think "between the lines". But that is fine, because unlike other books on this subject, Paulos does not throw things in your face. His writing i...

    Quite fun, but skates very fast over a lot of the arguments. I can't imagine it being persuasive to anyone who wasn't an atheist already. I must have been given this as a present years ago, and forgotten I had it. I found it on my shelves and read it as I enjoyed other more mathematica...

    for fans only Librettino che riordina e riesamina le varie prove logiche che nei secoli hanno tentato di "dimostrare" l'esistenza di dio. Limitandosi quasi unicamente al dio dei monoteismi trascendenti, ovvero a quello cristiano. La lettura veloce, lo stile garbato e ironico,...

    Atheist authors such as John Allen Paulos strive to bring out a contrarian streak in their readers, but they may get more than they bargain for - though I've been living religion-free for over a year now, I have yet to find an atheist book that doesn't disappoint me in some way. Books ...

    This small, breezy book covers many of the main arguments for god. Most of the refutations aren't original, but Paulos doesn't claim they are - he just thinks it'd be useful to have them all in one place. Fair enough. He's generally pretty careful, as you'd expect a mathematician to be...

    I have been a long time fan of John Allen Paulos's Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences where he talks about the harm to society of a population that does not know how to do math. When I saw this book, couldn't help picking it up. Gave it four stars because it is...

    John Allen Paulos takes a thoroughly interesting look at the arguments for god from the perspective of a mathematician. However, have no fear! You will not be facing page after page of complex equations. Instead, Paulos offers us plain old English. What a relief! I found it interest...

    I borrowed the book from my neighbourhood library, curious about how a Mathematician might perceive believers' reasons for their faith. While the author attempts to argue against the reasons given for the existence of God, there is a lack of consistency in the train of thought and...

    Another excellent book from the author of 'Innumeracy' - this time he takes on about all the arguments for the existence of God, at least in any of the forms envisioned by mainstream religions. Some other authors writing on this topic have taken tones ranging from urgent to strident. ...

    God does not compute...or at least the belief in a divine power does not logically withstand scrutiny according to Paulos, who systematically refutes all the extant arguments for the supernatural from his perspective as Professor of Mathematics at Temple University. This is a subject P...

    I really enjoyed this book. It introduced me to some interesting arguments that I hadn't heard previously. I really liked Paulos' random humor sprinkled throughout as well. There were some concepts that I felt were beyond my understanding but I don't think that detracted from the re...

    Over all a good read. I don't know if I would put it up as something for a philosopher per se to read. But, anyone interested in a mathematical glean on the proofs for god could benefit from this book. It is a short engaging work. Which I think would be only slightly offensive to any ...

    Easier to read than most books of this genre, at times the author does wander off a bit with difficult references. However, for the most part, this concise text evaluates and debunks (not always successfully) most of the arguments for the existence of God. A good read that is more appr...

    A less than original but concise and approachable summary of rebuttals to arguments for the existence of god. Read my full review at my book review blog, Em and Emm Expound on Exposition. ...

    It's me, over here in the choir robes. Nothing in this book I didn't already embrace, I mean. The geeky mathematical angle was a huge bonus. I found this audio book fun, funny and comforting. If you like this sort of thing, this is the sort of thing you like. And I do. ...

    Short and sweet, like a Beatles song. If a Beatles song were to describe the logical fallacies underlying belief in a god, that is. The author is a mathematician, but no math is involved in this book, just logic. ...

    This is a fun take on debunking the arguments for the existence of God from a mathematician's point of view. This a short book and a fairly easy read. ...

    Good, short book, but it didn't really cover any new ground or re-cover ground in a new way. Nothing new here for people already decently well-read in the genre. ...

    Me declaro ateo desde hace a lo menos 8 aos y siempre estoy buscando literatura afn para poder darle sustento terico a mi ?no creencia?. Podrn decir lo mismo los creyentes verbosos? Sin caer en descalificaciones innecesarias para quienes profesan alguna creencia religiosa...

  • Michelle B
    Nov 12, 2017

    Written by a mathematician who went out of his way to refrain altogether from using formulas and equations and stick strictly to prose, this charming book is a humble refutation of a collection of the most common arguments in favor of the existence of god. Paulos goes through these arg...

    I've been through this one two and a half times and still haven't figured out for whom this book was written. This book takes a few of the classic arguments for the existence of God and refutes them. He refutes them effectively but in the standard manner. Your average atheist or ag...

    Why I read this book: I saw a mention of it online, either on a website or Amazon. As an atheist married to a mathematics major, I was curious to see Paulos's take. This was a good book for me to read on the airplane; it was (mostly) interesting, but not too challenging. (As I get o...

    If Dawkins or Dennett are a little too hardcore for you, Paulos might be the one to truly deflect the mainstream meme that has placed the poorly thought out label of 'fundamentalist atheism' on this movement. He's thorough in his debunking of 'God Exist' arguments without being arrogan...

    Paulos playfully takes on 12 alleged 'proofs' of the existence of a deity - proofs that range from the subtly fallacious to the downright silly. The thing I liked most about the book was that Paulos summarized most of the proofs in syllogistic form, to help expose the flaws in the proo...

    Here it is: This book will explain WHY the arguments for God just don't add up. Once i'm done this collection I'll never have to go to church again, no more religious studies, no more pondering theological issues that are spread throughout the globe and history, no more praying, or hop...

    For some unknowable reason, when you give a negative review to a book, Goodreads goes ahead and recommends more of them. You'd think it would understand that my negative rating means I don't care for this junk. Nevertheless here is something else someone thought I should try. So here g...