How to be an atheist inaugural lecture delivered at the University of Cambridge, 12 October 2001 by Denys Turner

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Published by Cambridge University Press in Cambridge, U.K, New York .

Written in English

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  • Apologetics,
  • Atheism

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Book details

StatementDenys Turner.
LC ClassificationsBT1212 .T87 2002
The Physical Object
Paginationp. cm.
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL3567686M
ISBN 100521526329
LC Control Number2002067078

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