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If you want a history of the debate between skeptics and believers told essentially from the believers' point of view, this lecture series does a good job. My impression is that Professor Roberts includes just enough of the skeptics to show how they affected the arguments of the believers. But if you're looking for a robust summation of Hume, Nietzsche, Marx, Freud, etc. presented with an emphasis equal to that given the other side, this is not it. In fact, I'd say it's at best 1/3 skeptics and 2/3 believers.
At the very least, the title of the series is misleading. It might have more appropriately been something like: "Religious Debates in the Western Intellectual Tradition: The Response of Believers to their Critics." But then, I would not have purchased it.
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It's not that Prof. Roberts reinforced my own beliefs; he didn't. But he does provide atheists and theists alike fodder for grand cogitation. Fundamentalists, both religious and antitheist, beware.
This was a really great course to have gone through. Such a wide range of coverage and no biase by the author. highly recommended for anyone looking at understanding different perspectives on religion. Well worth it!