Remarkably relevant, beautifully written, and filled with wit and wisdom, these three essays by Bertrand Russell allow the listener to test the concepts of the good life, morality, the existence of God, Christianity, and human nature.
"What I Believe" was used prominently in the 1940 New York court proceedings in which Russell was judicially declared unfit to teach philosophy at City College of New York.
"Why I Am Not a Christian" concludes that churches throughout history have retarded progress and states that we should instead "look to our own efforts here below to make this world a fit place to live in."
"A Free Man's Worship," perhaps the most famous single essay written by Russell, considers whether humans operate from free will.
This is a classic of atheism and modern philosophy, both well-read and convenient. Highly recommended for anyone who is questioning faith, has abandoned their faith, is trying to understand global politics, is trying to think for oneself and break away from society's mind-grip, or simply wants to think about philosophy as it is relevent in this century.
What I believe
This is a good book for the individual who is approaching enlightenment on the subject of superstitious belief-systems. Anyone familiar with the four horse men otherwise known as Harris, Dennet, Hitchens and the intellectual to top all intellectuals Richard Dawkins will find the book elementary for today’s zeitgeist. There are a few good reminders in this work that some of us anti-theists tend to forget since today’s politics is so engrained in much of this subject matter. I can describe this work as the “God Delusion” of its time. A bit grainy sounding, but it will do for the price.
I encourage that you read more Russell once you've accomplished reading this book. Lord Russell's works are brilliant and delightful.