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 954 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!


  • Anthropocism

    By daylasims
    Humans are the center and the highest order of intelligence. Those not human like us, do not have to be treated humanely or justly. Excellent overall picture of why we have religion.
  • Sublime. Must-Read.

    By vai.thoughts
    Everything a sceptic needs to finally break free from the chains of religion.
  • Boo

    By dmlimited
    He’s based, but kinda a dumb dumb on certain opinions.
  • Very Weak...

    By SSJ1970
    ...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.
  • Why I am not a Christian

    By writer of pulp fiction
    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.
  • Fine lecture, poor philosophy

    By cloudofunknowing
    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.
  • Quite illogical

    By mcpenguin88
    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.
  • a glimpse of past and future enlightenment

    By aghoneimy
    a simple dialogue of a deeply human being searching for the truth .
  • No stars

    By Xoron2
    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.org
  • Its Faith!

    By Brows dodo
    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.