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How "God" Works: A Logical Inquiry on Faith Hardcover – January 6, 2015
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Mr. Brain boldly claims one can PROVE something is imaginary. He introduces the tools and process employed to do so ... and the foibles that derail our thinking. He provides real-world examples applying the tools. Then he employs them to lay bare with stark reality "How God Works". He closes with assessing/recommending how "waking up in the real world" impacts our ethics, meaning, and significance.
That said, there were several things that annoyed me. First, Brain continually defines even the most basic of words throughout the entire book - words like "absurd", "blessing", "evil", "love", "miracle", "prayer", and many more. These definitions appear indented in the text and are quoted from dictionaries or Wikipedia. A new definition appears every few pages. I'm not sure what the intention was, but it evoked two conflicting impressions for me. On the one hand it feels as if he is writing to a less educated audience, and it's almost insulting; on the other hand, I get the impression he is trying to be objective in his usage of the words, which is good, but distracting at times, breaking the flow of the text a little too much. My second complaint is that he takes too much time developing his arguments.Read more ›
The book goes through the standard characteristics Christians believe about God and then looks at each of them using critical thinking skills. One of the most important points the book makes is that we never see any real world evidence for God or his supposed interaction with human beings. For example, what Christians consider to be evidence of favoritism by God, such as being cured of an illness, is merely a coincidence and completely explainable as a natural process that does not statistically happen to Christians any more often than it does to anyone else.
Overall, this is one of the best books I have read about God, and both believers and non-believers will enjoy this book and think about ideas they have not thought about previously. It sparked my own interest again in this topic, which I had not thought about much in a number of years.
Proving the bible was written decades after the supposed death of Jesus, the contradictions and discrepancies will open the eyes of most believers if they can step back and think. While most prayers go unanswered, these simple facts cannot go unnoticed if people would just be honest with themselves and try to break free of the shackles of religion that most people have been exposed to since childhood.
While this book does present a lot of good information, the author does occasionally repeat himself but that does not take away from the message that believers should consider.
Thank you for trying to make the world and our future a better place. Imagine all the people...living for today.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I read the entire book, and was very disappointed. All the concepts the author uses to explain "how god work" are extremelly simplistic, its as if its treating the reader... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Ana
Excellent read. Applies logic and critical thinking to help readers work past beliefs ingrained in them since child hood. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Sarah Wapelhorst
Easily understood even by readers with no scientific education or knowledge. The author has shown clearly how easy it really is to grasp reality without the preconceived beliefs... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Karl R. Schneider
I hoped this would be the book to recommend to believing friends who were willing to question their faith. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Steve Cuno
I liked the book, but like listening to him in interviews or reading his website better. If you're interested in his viewpoints, check out his site "why doesn't god heal... Read morePublished 9 months ago by T. Johnston
It certainly lived up to another review that I read about it. In the end, I learned that I am not an "atheist",but simply a rational person who doesn't believe in an... Read morePublished 10 months ago by sven
I wish everybody would read this book and others like it. It confirms the logical-thinker's (atheist's in my case) view of religion and will hopefully be persuasive in causing one... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Brandon
The book was reviewed in "Free inquiry," so I was looking forward to reading it as this magazine has (generally) very reliable evaluations. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Philippe Lebelge