A Mathematician Explains Why the Arguments for God Just Don't Add Up


Amazon link to IRRELIGION (book also available in your local non-virtual bookstore, Booksense)

First Chapter of IRRELIGION (read for a flavor of the book - only 3 pages)

Raleigh Durham News & Observer review of IRRELIGION: "He is as sure-footed as a tiger as he prowls through the theocratic landscape pouncing on sloppy thinking. To a large extent he succeeds in demolishing the arguments of believers."

Toronto Star review of IRRELIGION: "Paulos's latest offering is a slim but explosive volume whose title is self-explanatory"

IRRELIGION in Publishers Weekly: "Few of the recent books on atheism have been worth reading just for wit and style, but this is one of them: Paulos is truly funny."

Skeptic Magazine review of IRRELIGION:"Irreligion will, I'm confident, take a distinguished place in what one might call the canonical literature of the New Atheism."

Order in the Universe - No Need to Invoke a God (a Paulos Who's Counting column from

Surveys and Atheists: 1 + 1 = Millions (Los Angeles Times OpEd)

God and Girls in Thailand: (expansion of an anecdote from IRRELIGION)

3 Quarks Daily review of IRRELIGION: "... refutations of twelve arguments for the existence of God ... [presented] with verve, a robust prose, and a very welcome sense of humor."

Some Irreligious Questions for the Presidential Candidates (a Paulos Who's Counting column from

New Scientist review of IRRELIGION: "Readable and concise, with moments of great logical rigour and dry wit."

Amicus Dei review of IRRELIGION: "Paulos ... knocks the props from under the classic arguments for the existence of God. ... strange coming from a Baptist pastor, but let me explain. .... written with a charming skepticism that is not off-putting or arrogant."

Sunday NY Times review of IRRELIGION and Paulos' Response

Daily NY Times review of IRRELIGION (typo - limpid, not lumpy): "Writing in clear, direct prose, Mr. Paulos shows how even everyday references to purpose and intention can be easily reformulated in scientific, nonpurposive terms."

IRRELIGION in Kirkus Review: "He has, thank Someone, considerable wit. ... Reasoned, cool and concise - a good-natured primer for infidels.


John Allen Paulos has done us all a great service. Irreligion is an elegant and timely response to the manifold ignorance that still goes by the name of 'faith' in the 21st century. -- Sam Harris, author of the New York Times best sellers, The End of Faith and Letter to a Christian Nation

He's done it again. John Allen Paulos has written a charming book that takes you on a sojourn of flawless logic, with simple and clear examples drawn from math, science, and pop culture. At journey's end, Paulos has left you with plenty to think about, whether you are religious, irreligious, or anything in between. -- Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist, American Museum of Natural History and author of Death By Black Hole and Other Cosmic Quandaries,

For years John Allen Paulos has been our guide for reading newspapers, playing the stock market, and understanding what all those graphs and charts and formulas really mean. No one knows how to dissect an argument better than Paulos. Now he has turned his rapier wit to the grandest question of them all: is there a God? Those who are religious skeptics will find in Paulos's analysis new ways of looking at both old and new arguments, and those who believe that God's existence can be proven through science, reason, and logic will have to answer to this mathematician's penetrating analysis. -- Michael Shermer, Publisher of Skeptic magazine, monthly columnist for Scientific American, and the author of How We Believe, The Science of Good and Evil, and Why Darwin Matters

Using the methods of mathematics, reason and logic, Paulos wrestles religious belief systems to the ground and in the process proves he is as good a writer as he is a mathematician. The book is short, to the point and humorous, and God knows, this subject could use more humor. -- Joan Konner, Dean Emerita of the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and editor of The Atheist's Bible

Another virtuoso performance from a master in the use of mathematics to explore the conundrums and mysteries of everyday life.--Sylvia Nasar, author of A Beautiful Mind

Freakonomics comment on the new atheistic books, including Irreligion

Amazon link to Irreligion

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