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An Atheist Defends Religion is a robust response to the numerous recent books by unbelievers - but with a twist. The author, Bruce Sheiman, is an atheist. But unlike most atheists who embrace their rejection of God as a sign of intellectual triumph, he asserts that such disbelief is maladaptive and that some form of religious belief is the overwhelmingly preferable option.
An Atheist Defends Religion provides a more thoughtful interpretation of the theism-atheism debate than has hitherto been offered. This book is not for the dogmatic minority on either side of the religion debate; rather, it is intended for the "moderate majority" of religious America. Reaching beyond the God question, this book explains how religion provides a combination of psychological, moral, emotional, existential, communal, and even physical-health benefits that no other institution can replicate.
This book records the soul searching of an atheist who wants to believe in God - an "aspiring theist." As an atheist sympathetic to religious aspirations, Mr. Sheiman approaches his subject with greater impartiality, sensitivity and perceptiveness than any partisan religious or secular observer. An Atheist Defends Religion reveals that, in its most profound simplicity, religion is about our relationship to the highest values we are able to envision. The author explains how we achieve our fullest humanity only in religion.
In the end, An Atheist Defends Religion cogently explains that the most rational and definitive argument for dismissing atheism is not to be found in the interminable debate over the existence of God, but in elucidating the enduring value of religion itself. An Atheist Defends Religion persuasively shows that atheism is an impoverished belief system, and that, individually and collectively, we are much better off with religion than without it.
This book surprised me with its depth and thoughtfulness. It is hard to believe that the author really doesn't believe in God. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Mark Alan McNeil
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I really enjoyed reading this book. This is, I believe, the closest thing to a "neutral" position that we will find in the never-ending atheism-vs.-theism debate. Read morePublished on November 7, 2011 by Clarinerd85
This is my first review here, but this book of Bruce Sheiman is not the first one I have purchased at Amazon.com. Read morePublished on February 4, 2011 by Timo Tiainen
Sheiman gives excellent arguments showing why the "New Atheists" are wrong in claiming that science can explain everything, wrong in claiming that science "disproves" God, and... Read morePublished on January 24, 2011 by PH Bible Student
I cannot say I am either an atheist or a theist. I do accept that I cannot entirely escape belief, as much as I would like to. Read morePublished on March 13, 2010 by Douglas J. Page
I really enjoyed this atheist perspective, as so many of the popular atheist books are so polemical and imbalanced , seeing very little if any value in religion. Read morePublished on February 18, 2010 by Cormac Brian
"An Atheist Defends Religion" should be read by every believer who must occasionally defend his faith from atheist critics. Read morePublished on September 17, 2009 by Angelo Matera
As a writer of book reviews for a mainstream Christian publication, I enthusiastically recommend Sheiman's book--even though he is an atheist. He makes no arguments for atheism. Read morePublished on September 16, 2009 by John Scott