Sense and Goodness Without God: A Defense of Metaphysical Naturalism

Sense and Goodness Without God: A Defense of Metaphysical Naturalism

by Richard Carrier

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If God does not exist, then what does? Is there good and evil, and should we care? How do we know what’s true anyway? And can we make any sense of this universe, or our own lives? Sense and Goodness answers all these questions in lavish detail, without complex jargon. A complete worldview is presented and defended, covering every subject from knowledge to art, from metaphysics to morality, from theology to politics. Topics include free will, the nature of the universe, the meaning of life, and much more, arguing from scientific evidence that there is only a physical, natural world without gods or spirits, but that we can still live a life of love, meaning, and joy.

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ISBN-13: 9781452059266
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Publication date: 02/23/2005
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 444
Sales rank: 578,624
File size: 603 KB

About the Author

Dr. Richard Carrier is a philosopher and historian with a Ph.D. in ancient history from Columbia University. His work in history and philosophy had been published in Biology&Philosophy, The History Teacher, German Studies Review, The Skeptical Inquirer, Philo, the Encyclopedia of the Ancient World and more. He is a veteran of the United States Coast Guard and emeritus Editor in Chief of the Secular Web, where he has long been one of their most frequently read authors. You can learn more about him and his work at

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Sense and Goodness Without God 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have to confess right off the bat that I am a huge fan of Columbia historian Richard Carrier. His essays posted on the Secular Web are some of the best written on a wide range of historical subjects and philosophical topics. His new book, Sense and Goodness Without God is a brilliant addition to an already impressive body of work. Here he takes on the nature of the universe itself and our place in it, and explores the questions all of us have about making sense of morality, existence, and the meaning of life. The range of subjects he covers here is truly astounding, and he delves into them deeply without ever losing his audience with jargon or philosobabble. On top of this, his investigation is informed by a powerful commitment to intellectual honesty, and infused with a rare sense of true love for life. A remarkable, readable book that I recommend whole-heartedly to anyone interested in the question of finding meaning and joy in life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Doesn't examine his own presuppositions critically.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
It's interesting how books at the polar ends of dogmatic theism and dogmatic atheism pretend to have all of the answers to the 'big' questions in life. The criticisms of theism are often simplistic (e.g. because some Christians have done bad things therefore the whole religion is bad) and little of it is new or original not to mention you can find them on the internet for free. A large part of the book is devoted to esoteric musings by the author on topics from beauty to income taxes. OK for Carrier fans but hardly essential reading.