Why I Am Not a Christian

Why I Am Not a Christian Summary

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!

Book Reviews


Very Weak...1 star

...arguments for not being a Christian. Before I read this book I was fearful that it would dissuade me from being a Christian. Having read the book not only did the author present a very weak case for why he’s not a Christian he did even less to convince me to not be a Christian.15

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Why I am not a Christian5 star

I found this a powerful read, even though it is dated! The all to short story 47 pages, packs quite a punch. Very much for today’s reader! I highly recommend it for those of us walking the fine line between pagan and Christian.55


Fine lecture, poor philosophy2 star

Russell starts with an implied bias and builds from there. He argues against Theistic principles which are falsely constructed. This lecture would be handled very easily by Chesterton, CSLewis, or any recent seminary graduate. I’m certain as a lecture it presented well to his audience, but as a philosophical work it is significantly lacking.25


Quite illogical2 star

This essay, supposedly by an educated man, is quite illogical at its core. It presents no cogent or complete arguments and picks and chooses biblical verses without reference and conveniently removes the bulk of Jesus’s teaching about love. The author attacks the church, and therefore its members, as being imperfect - which seems to also omit that the fact that only requirement to be a Christian is to not be perfect. If one was perfect, one does not need Jesus to save them.25


a glimpse of past and future enlightenment5 star

a simple dialogue of a deeply human being searching for the truth .55


No stars1 star

Mr. Russell’s argument is decent, but he has not read the correct or complete story. As a result, his argument and reason are incomplete. See LDS.org15

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Its Faith!3 star

It is an interesting read, my question is, why is it that it seems one who tries to disprove the existence of God almost never is knowledgeable of both sides? They are quick to explain why God is fiction yet, never take the time to do the necessary research (Bible) to ensure He is not? This author bares his ignorance on many occasions in this book.35


It may hurt but it's all true5 star

A must read for everyone, believers and atheists alike.55


Still Relevant5 star

Anyone who only watches snippets of the news or knows just a bit of the history or current state of religion will see quite quickly that Russell's words are still relevant for today. Particularly in America where we are a few decades behind England, or in the case of belief in Hell, about a century. There was no god when Russell delivered this address, and nothing has changed since then that would convince a reasonable person that there is. Russell's arguments against such a being are still valid to this day and I don't see them becoming less valid over time, only, hopefully, less required.55


A favorite of undergraduates rebelling against their parents1 star

Comforts atheists and annoys Christians by using straw man arguments.15

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