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The Necessity of Atheism

David Marshall Brooks (1902-1994)

1. 00 - Preface
2. 01 - The Evolution of Religious Beliefs
3. 02 - The Koran, the Old and New Testaments
4. 03 - The Prophets Mohammed, Jesus, and Moses; Charlatans or Victims of Mental and Physical Disease
5. 04 - Soundness of a Foundation for a Belief in a Deity
6. 05 - The Persistence of Religion
7. 06 - Religion and Science
8. 07 - Religion and Medicine
9. 08 - Religion and Astronomy
10. 09 - Religion and Geography
11. 10 - Religion and Chemistry and Physics
12. 11 - Religion and Geology, Philology and Evolution
13. 12 - Religion and Witchcraft
14. 13 - Religion and Morality
15. 14 - Christianity and War
16. 15 - Christianity and Slavery
17. 16 - Christianity and Labour
18. 17 - Religion and Woman
19. 18 - The Philosophers and the Great Illusion
20. 19 - The Doom of Religion; The Necessity of Atheism - Part 1
21. 20 - The Doom of Religion; The Necessity of Atheism - Part 2
22. 21 - Contemporary Opinion

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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.