Michael Martin

On this date in 1932, American philosopher Michael Martin was born. Dr. Martin earned a Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1962. He is Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at Boston University. Dr. Martin has authored and edited several important modern works in favor of atheism and against religiosity, including Atheism: A Philosophical Justification (1989), The Case Against Christianity (1991), Atheism, Morality and Meaning (2002), The Impossibility of God (2003), The Improbability of God (2006) and The Cambridge Companion to Atheism (2006).

“My object in presenting the case against Christianity is theoretical, not practical. I am not so naïve as to suppose that the arguments set forth here will induce many people to give up their Christian beliefs. My claim is simply that in light of my discussion rational people should give up these beliefs.”

—Michael Martin in the Introduction to his book, The Case Against Christianity (1991)

Compiled by Bonnie Gutsch

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