Why I Am Not a Christian - Bertrand Russell

Why I Am Not a Christian

By Bertrand Russell

  • Release Date: 2013-01-21
  • Genre: Philosophy
Score: 4.5
From 568 Ratings


This is a famous but very controversial piece by Bertrand Russell. It was a lecture delivered in 1927 at National Secular Society, London. Later in 1957 it was part of a book with the same title and reached international fame. He examines one by one several highly regarded arguments for the existence (or necessity) of God. His main point however is the possibility of morality based on another principle than God. It is quite a challenging reading and one we must all face, regardless of our belief or lack of it, thereof. Enjoy!


  • A favorite of undergraduates rebelling against their parents

    By MrFlavin
    Comforts atheists and annoys Christians by using straw man arguments.
  • Shallow diatribe from a deep thinker

    By Filter75
    Russell condemning christianity because of certain Roman Catholic practices is like a soccer fan condemning the NFL because the Cleveland Browns play poorly.
  • Eroding away the unchanging "rock".

    By Emeraldhavok
    The most disappointing aspect of this work is that the arguments attempting to be made for religion then AND now (please see the one star comments) still fail. Please believers, can you present arguments (I'll take just ONE at this point), that are new and original? Russell is great. So is Ingersoll. Paine is fantastic. Voices from the past echoing into eternity. The constantly flowing river of enlightenment eroding away the steadfast rock of ignorance and superstition.
  • Religion or Politics?, What’s the Difference?

    By antjonesdid
    Its funny that people will invest time in other views that knock their own, as an axe hitting a tree. The fear of coming down from the tree with help leaves chance little leverage to do bone crushing damage when the axe takes its final bite. What are those who inflate themselves with religious belief so afraid of? Bertrand Russell holds the axe of intellect, will you come out of the tree in which Russell is trying to save you from or will you send a form of gratitude to the light shining through the clouds, hoping that your imagination will send a set of wings to save you from shattering your bones in order to save your dignity?
  • Well-written

    By Rjpro81
    I think this book is short but well-written and the author's views are clearly stated. This was an excellent read.
  • Why I am not a Christian

    By Honbeam
    Great book. Quick read. He asks the same questions I do. He reads the bible using logic. Why did Jesus tell his disciples that he would return in their lifetime? I never hear anyone ask that question, and most Christians don't even know that Jesus said that. Please read the bible. It will give you more questions than answers.
  • Insightful

    By Ayanachew
  • Worthless drivel

    By Doctormiller
    Nothing here with sharing
  • Well written

    By Sgt Satch
    I enjoyed the arguments and how they are presented. Sometimes it is difficult to get followers to see past their blind devotion. Their fear of death binds them to this delusion that once they go, they will live forever in some celestial paradise. Thank you.
  • Interesting

    By Wrichman
    Raises points that those of us who consider ourselves Christians need to look at more closely.