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  • Paperback: 26 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (April 23, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 148411213X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1484112137
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,500,585 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Truman is a former evangelical Christian preacher. After being an evangelical Christian for 25 years, he became an atheist. His reasons are primarily scientific and philosophical. As a Christian, he decided to study more science in order to debate atheists, and in so doing, came to see that the naturalistic worldview made much better sense of the world than did his religious worldview. Truman has been involved in many debates in the local Portland Oregon area, first as a Christian, then as an atheist. Many of his debates can be freely viewed at this YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/SecHummer . Truman received a BSEET degree from Oregon Institute of Technology in 1984, and has been working in the computer industry ever since. In 2007 he also earned a Masters in Ministry degree from Luther Rice Seminary in Georgia. He left the faith and became an atheist in 2009. Truman is a humanist minister certified by "The Humanist Society." He teaches free courses in his local community, and works as a volunteer in a prison visitation program. He is also a leader in the atheist diversity group at the large multinational computer company where he works.

Customer Reviews

You know, I was really confused when I first got this book from the author as a freebie.
JP Holding
First, if a collection of writings contains different genres of literature and stories (e.g., parables, legends, poetry, etc.), this does not undermine its integrity.
Steven D. Gregg
You vainly claim the existence of morality without any foundation of right and wrong, good and bad.
Russell E. Kelly

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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Steven D. Gregg on May 28, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I do not consider this booklet to be a serious challenge to Christianity, and would not have taken the time to write a response, except that the author sent me a copy and asked me to post a review. He and I are scheduled to debate on a webcast later this year, so reading his booklet seemed a legitimate use of my time.

Like most atheists, Truman (the author's pen name) takes shots at what many (but not all) Christians believe, but does not address the core claims of the Christian faith, which remain untouched by his critique. This gives the impression that he is not aware of the essential claims of the Christian faith, though he claims to have received theological training. I don't know the quality of theological education he may have received, but I would not question his claim to having received some such training. I have found that formal training--whether in theology or any other subject--can have a deadening effect upon logical thinking skills. It is too often the case that those who go through formal training for any profession learn, not how to think, but how to parrot the things that will get them through their courses and land them the professional status they hope to acquire through such an education.

This is not to say that higher education necessarily deprives a person of thinking skills--only that it does not necessarily produce (nor require) them in the student. Therefore, theologically trained pastors and scholars often affirm nonsensical things--things poorly thought-out, both by the student and by his professors (who were formerly students of the same kind as himself).

This is also true of scientifically and philosophically trained people.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 22, 2013
Format: Paperback
When I tell someone else about a book, I try to not just relate how I experienced it, but how I expect they might experience it. This makes Smith's booklet difficult to review, because I'm not entirely sure who the intended audience is. For an atheist such as myself, these aren't new arguments. They're well presented, but it feels a bit like hearing an 'ok' song I just heard last hour on a different station.

For the true believer (such as the one-star-review at the time of this writing) everything will be simply dismissed as 'lies'.

I think the person who might get the most from this work is one who is in the process of, or has recently left their religion. People with a new outlook are eager to explore every aspect of it, and might enjoy Smith's arguments- even if they're familiar with them.

I do have one specific point of input- in the section of neurology I would add what I think is an even stronger evidence against the doctrine of a human soul. That is some of the work done with people have had their corpus callosum split. Search youtube for "VS Ramachandran Split brain with one half atheist and one half theist".
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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful By JP Holding on June 24, 2013
Format: Paperback
You know, I was really confused when I first got this book from the author as a freebie. Here it was, not even 25 pages long, with such a pretentious title, and obviously amateurish in terms of research and scholarship (he doesn't even know how to spell Bart Ehrman's name right!). I scratched my head and puzzled over it for a while, until it occurred to me: It's meant to be a parody! Of course! Truman Smith is actually a "comic relief" guy pretending to be a deconverted Christian in order to make fundamentalist atheists look really stupid! I mean, why else would anyone be so ignorant as to fail to connect Acts 1:9-11 to Roman propaganda, as a polemical response to imperial apotheosis stories, and think it's some kind of childish lesson about Jesus floating up into the sky because Heaven is literally located there? And good grief, there's no way anyone could be so uneducated as to respond to the point that Mark 16:18 is part of a "later edition" (ha ha! can't even spell "addition"!) to Mark, by saying that it would cause a "scandal in the Church" to admit it was? (I mean, good grief, dozens of Bible editions, not to mention commentaries by scholars like Witherington, et al make this quite clear!)

Good one, Truman! You almost got me there! But I'm only giving you one star because it wasn't funny enough to make me spew milk out of my nose.
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I bought this after speaking with the author who was, I'll admit, a really nice guy. He puts his arguments forward clearly enough, but only someone with a naturalist starting point would buy into them without reservation. It's the arguments from evolution, neuroscience (brain formation), bible myth and the problem of evil.

I'm not saying they're poor arguments. The problem of evil is one that I used to struggle with, but the possible worlds theodicy made it more manageable for me. The other issues Truman raises won't convince anyone with a strong theistic worldview, and anyone who decides to identify themselves as an atheist after reading this would probably have eventually done so anyway.

For me, personally, there are better arguments for atheism out there, but the ones here are simply the ones that worked best for the writer. Yes, I'm a theist, and while I'm open to the possibility of being wrong, I've had my position shaken far more by other arguments such as divine hiddenness and the chore of understanding how divine providence could work, although I'm still a follower of Christ.

Maybe when Mr. Smith writes again, he might try for something wider in scope due to having more to work with.
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