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Why I am not a Christian
Bertrand Arthur William Russell, born in 1872, Trellech, United Kingdom. The mathemetician, philosopher, logician and essayist engages in a brief yet compelling discussion questioning the practical necessity for religion and theist dogma.
Russell described himself as an agnostic, "speaking popularly" and "in regard to the Christian God", and also "speaking to a purely philosophical audience". For most of his adult life Russell maintained that religion is little more than superstition and, despite any positive effects that religion might have, it is largely harmful to people.
He believed that religion and the religious outlook (he considered Communism, Capitalism, Secular Humanism, Socialism, and other systematic ideologies to be forms of religion) serve to impede knowledge and foster fear and dependency, and are responsible for much of the war, oppression, and misery that have beset the world.