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  • Paperback: 166 pages
  • Publisher: Dangerous Little Books; 2nd Revised edition edition (January 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956427685
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956427687
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #268,505 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Gregory McAfee (February 23, 1989) -- known as David G. McAfee -- is an American author, journalist and religious studies graduate. Born in Roseville, California, on February 23, 1989, David Gregory McAfee moved to Santa Barbara, CA at the age of eighteen in order to pursue multiple degrees, in English and Religious Studies, from the University of California, Santa Barbara. After graduating with two BAs, McAfee republished his first book under the new title, Disproving Christianity and Other Secular Writings. In December 2012, McAfee published Mom, Dad, I'm an Atheist: The Guide to Coming Out as a Non-Believer.

McAfee is an outspoken atheist who opposes biblical literalism. He is a columnist for Canadian Freethinker Magazine and a contributor to American Atheist Magazine. As a result of his atheist activism, he was rejected by a public university from entering its religious studies graduate program. His first published book, Disproving Christianity and Other Secular Writings, is a critique of biblical literalism. McAfee's newest title, Mom, Dad, I'm an Atheist, is a guide to living as an atheist in a society that's largely intolerant of disbelief.

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David G. McAfee hit the mark dead-on with this book!
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It's incredibly easy to read because the ideas are drafted very carefully and displayed in a manner that makes the information easy to understand and easy to follow.
A. Lawson
I recommend everyone give this book a read, be you of religious background or not.
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52 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Robert Szekely on July 29, 2012
Format: Paperback
I have three Bibles, three Qurans, the Jehovah's Witnesses bible, and the Books of Mormon. I have an academic interest in comparative religions and religious criticism, and am myself, a syncretic Deist. I found McAfee's book "Disproving Christianity", although a potentially controversial title, a refreshing and insightful read. Unlike Dawkins, McAfee does not make a mocking diatribe of religion, but instead, presents a fascinating critical study of The Bible, as viewed through the lens of Christianity.

Overall, McAfee presents his arguments logically and rationally, while addressing issues of dogma. McAfee doesn't attack the existence of God or Christianity, but merely points out the many shortcomings in scripture particularly as they have been exacerbated by the growth of fundamentalism over the last century or so.

If we accept the premise that God created humankind as rational beings, then why would He present his message in such a manner as to require a continual suspension of disbelief and reason for human beings to understand?

If we were to view the picture of the Old Testament God as painted in The Bible objectively, we would see a profile emerge of a bi-polar, vindictive and petty deity, who can't seem to make up His mind. Then in the New Testament, He manifests himself in human form as Jesus, preaching peace and sacrificing himself for humankind's sins.

Yet, as McAfee points out, if we accept the premise that Jesus was the human form of the all-knowing, almighty God, where is the actual sacrifice in a divine being who knows beforehand that His death is temporary? Does it truly constitute a "sacrifice" in giving what you are certain will be returned?
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A. Lawson on April 18, 2012
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If you're non-theistic and have theists badgering you about your lack of beliefs, get this book for them. It's incredibly easy to read because the ideas are drafted very carefully and displayed in a manner that makes the information easy to understand and easy to follow. Sure, it may still ruffle some theistic feathers but, that certainly wouldn't be because of belittling remarks in the book itself. The points that are given are hard to dispute!

If you happen to be a theist, please don't be turned away. You need to read this book more than any of us do. The fact of the matter is that most Christians have no idea what's REALLY in the Bible that they cling to so tightly. This needs to change and "Disproving Christianity" will offer some places to start when it comes to really investigating the Bible itself.

Knowledge is power my friends. This book is a quick read with plenty of info packed in its pages. :)
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Guy P. Harrison on December 27, 2011
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This accessible and fascinating book manages to pack an abundance of key information into less than 200 pages. It's an invaluable resource for those who are unafraid to think for themselves and ask the hard questions.

David G. McAfee's "Disproving Christianity and other Secular Writings" is a welcome and important addition to the body of literature that dares to stand up for humankind and oppose those who claim that religion, magic and mysticism are required for one to lead a happy, purposeful and good life.

Christians who rely on the Bible to defend their positions will find plenty to think about here as McAfee turns their own book against them. By pointing out numerous contradictions, errors and just plain outrageous passages, McAfee shows that the Bible falls far short of perfection and fails as a foundation for basing morality upon. Unlike some books critical of the Bible, this one never bogs down in mind-numbing detail or becomes too complex for laypersons. It's the perfect book to hand a friend or family member who needs a nudge toward reason and reality.

"Disproving Christianity and other Secular Writings" is great stuff, a must-read for skeptics and believers alike!

-Guy P. Harrison, author of 50 Popular Beliefs That People Think are True and 50 Reasons People Give for Believing in a God
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Sciple on May 6, 2012
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David G. McAfee has put together a great, concise, easy to read book for disproving one of the world's largest religions. I like that the author tackles a single task. Rather than a book on disproving all religions or promoting atheism in general, McAfee aims his attention towards Christianity to highlight some logical flaws within the doctrines. This logical, non-emotional approach used in the book makes for an enlightening read.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dan on November 10, 2012
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Both parts (part 1, disproving Christianity) and part 2 (other secular essays) are, in my opinion, an excellent presentation of the true face of Christianity according to the bible. David McAfee knows the bible very well coming himself from Christianity, and consequently, his knowledge cannot be ignored by believers and non-believers alike. There are deep illogical and very rooted contradictions in the bible, enough proof to be aware (or at least suspicious) of its divine inspiration. The god portrayed in the pages of the bible is far from a loving, merciful, and fair deity; and David sustains his claim with a very rich presentation of evidence. As an atheist coming from Christianity as well, I found in this book not only knowledge and understanding of the true face of Christianity, but also a very respectful work for believers who dare to look critically to their own faith.
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