Against All Gods: Six Polemics on Religion and an Essay on Kindness


Do religions have an inherent right to be respected? Is atheism itself a form of religion, and can there be such a thing as a “fundamentalist atheist”? Are we witnessing a global revival in religious zeal, or do the signs point instead to religion’s ultimate decline?

In a series of bold, unsparing polemics, A. C. Grayling exposes the dangerous unreason he sees at the heart of religious faith and highlights the urgent need we have to reject it in all its forms, without compromise. In its place he argues for a set of values based on reason, reflection, and sympathy, taking his cue from the great ethical tradition of Western philosophy.


“This short volume is a powerful antidote to religious propaganda. All who would like a better world should read.”

“Brief but lucid and direct – cuts to the profound issues surrounding religion. I particularly found the final essay concerning humanism excellent.”

“Succinct and to the point. Written with wit and eloquence. If Dawkins has a powerful right hook, Grayling simply knocks the opposition down with a few short jabs and then walks away without even rubbing his knuckles.”