As the editor states in his introduction, a volume like this shouldn't be necessary. But given that religion and the belief in God still persists, and permeates all aspects of our life, this is an excellent collection of ammunition, old and new. From the existence of God to Christianity's demeaning influence on women's social status, life after death, and modern American fundamentalism, a battery of heavy-hitters weigh over 350 pages. Names you'll recognize include Emma Goldman, Bertrand Russell, A.J. Ayer, Nietzsche, Shelley, Gore Vidal, David Hume, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Spinoza, Clarence Darrow, H.L. Mencken, Tom Paine, H.P. Lovecraft, Carl Sagan, Charles Darwin, John Stuart Mill, George Eliot, and Anthony Flew.