The Necessity of Atheism

David Marshall BROOKS (1902 - 1994)

Plain speaking is necessary in any discussion of religion, for if the freethinker attacks the religious dogmas with hesitation, the orthodox believer assumes that it is with regret that the freethinker would remove the crutch that supports the orthodox. And all religious beliefs are "crutches" hindering the free locomotive efforts of an advancing humanity. There are no problems related to human progress and happiness in this age which any theology can solve, and which the teachings of freethought cannot do better and without the aid of encumbrances. (Summary from the preface)

Genre(s): Religion

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 00 - Preface Wesseling
00:16:41
Play 01 01 - The Evolution of Religious Beliefs Wesseling
00:22:11
Play 02 02 - The Koran and the Old and New Testaments Wesseling
01:13:18
Play 03 03 - The Prophets Mohammed, Jesus and Moses; Charlatans or Victims of Mental and Physical Disease Wesseling
01:00:20
Play 04 04 - Soundness of a Foundation for a Belief in a Deity Wesseling
00:45:19
Play 05 05 - The Persistence of Religion Wesseling
00:09:20
Play 06 06 - Religion and Science Wesseling
00:13:37
Play 07 07 - Religion and Medicine Wesseling
00:49:59
Play 08 08 - Religion and Astronomy Wesseling
00:05:36
Play 09 09 - Religion and Geography Wesseling
00:05:15
Play 10 10 - Religion and Chemistry and Physics Wesseling
00:06:11
Play 11 11 - Religion and Geology, Philology and Evolution Wesseling
00:12:40
Play 12 12 - Religion and Witchcraft Wesseling
01:06:13
Play 13 13 - Religion and Morality Wesseling
00:39:20
Play 14 14 - Christianity and War Wesseling
00:06:20
Play 15 15 - Christianity and Slavery Wesseling
00:22:11
Play 16 16 - Christianity and Labor Wesseling
00:39:12
Play 17 17 - Religion and Woman Wesseling
00:19:55
Play 18 18 - The Philosophers and The Great Illusion Wesseling
00:40:29
Play 19 19 - The Doom of Religion; The Necessity of Atheism - Part 1 Wesseling
00:46:53
Play 20 19 - The Doom of Religion; The Necessity of Atheism - Part 2 Wesseling
00:45:03
Play 21 20 - Contemporary Opinion Wesseling
00:27:18