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  • Paperback: 294 pages
  • Publisher: CEK Books; 1 edition (March 31, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615789455
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615789453
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #917,589 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Christopher Krzeminski is 31 years old. He holds a B.A. in Mathematics from Duke University in Durham, NC and a J.D. from The University of Alabama School of Law in Tuscaloosa, AL. He may be contacted for questions or comments on Twitter @marco_iO9 where he writes under the pseudonym, Marco the Atheist.

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Christopher Krzeminski was born in 1981 in Philadelphia, PA and grew up in Cherry Hill, NJ. Acquiring his undergraduate degree from Duke University and JD from The University of Alabama School of Law while working in NYC in between those two stints, he has bounced between the Northeast and Southeast throughout his adult life. His books to date, What Are You Without God? (2013) and I Am (2013), have been critiques of religious thought. With his coming title, All These Quiet Places (2014), he will branch out beyond the subject matter of religion/atheism with a narrative story of domestic violence and survival.

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This book is very well written and was a wonderful read.
Lori W in Florida
This book is highly recommended, whether you are a believer, doubter or atheist.
Michelle Dewell
I feel more liberated and happier about whatever remaining time I have.
Michael

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Shimmy LaRue on May 5, 2013
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Krezminski captures the topic of atheism in a way unlike any other. Not only does he tear down religious ideology with the simple logical arguments of a trained attorney, but he also teaches readers how to rebuild after being liberated from "faith". It is a fantastic read for anyone, atheist or otherwise.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Dewell on June 9, 2013
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This book is highly recommended, whether you are a believer, doubter or atheist. It clearly presents the rational arguments which kick out the shaky foundations beneath religion, in concise and elegant style. However, the author wisely recognises that religion's hold is often more to do with emotional need, and proceeds to offer a path through the discomfiture of letting go of the 'security blanket'. It also explores and explains some common cognitive errors which can serve to reinforce religious thought.
For those having doubts, or already on their journey away from religion, this book would serve as a great companion, ideal for reading cover-to-cover or for revisiting specific sections. For the atheist, especially those who face discrimination or opposition, this book offers clearly stated arguments which will aid in explaining how there can be no other logical position in the absence of any credible evidence to the contrary.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tanner Campbell on July 27, 2013
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I had the opportunity to interview Krzeminski shortly after reading his book - the man is as well spoken as he is written and read.

The first half of the book provides the reader with a succinct and complete logical take-down of religious and faith based thinking. When I say complete I MEAN complete; his presentation seem completely impenetrable. Logic par excellence.

The second half focuses on the incredible psychological toll the loss of faith can take on an individual. It walks you through the process of rebuilding who you are and finding purpose in a life you now realize has no objective meaning - something that, to my knowledge, no other book on this subject has done.

It's a masterpiece, plain and simple. A MUST read.

If you'd like to hear my interview with CK, you can do so in the iTunes podcast application. Search for "No God Cast" and listen to Episode 10 - published 7/26/2013.

Purchase this book, you won't be sorry!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer August on July 17, 2013
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This book will help any atheist or theist understand why and how they think like they do. Using a clinical approach Krzeminski takes the reader step by step through each thread that is woven into the fabric of thought conditioning with a writing style that makes the information retainable.

I came to understand myself better as well as those who continue to believe the supernatural to be fact. An invaluable tool for coexisting empathetically and intelligently with other atheists and theists alike.

I simply can't recommend this book enough. It really needs to be considered as an academic text as well as a therapeutic guide.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By @ofrhymeorreason on June 21, 2013
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This book didn't change my life and I didn't expect it to. I expect it may help instigate change in those who are open to reason and not afraid to challenge their own beliefs and it is the first I have read that lays out the arguments in a clear, concise way. This approach is helpful to those of us who may lack the confidence to challenge religious statements, often voiced as if fact, and lends support to those who wish to join the fray.
I tried to counter the logical arguments as if I were religious and imagined myself as an oppositionist (those who argue for attention)all to no avail.I imagine What are you without Gods? will be a constant reference source in my future discussions both on and off the web.
I would have liked more analogy because where it is used it is effective and this approach helps my aging memory.
Finally I think this book should be re published in a Child friendly format. Children would enjoy and benefit from this discussion in my opinion.
A good read and a book that can stay in the library for reference, after all the debate is likely to last a while yet despite the powerful arguments within.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By @IRaiseUFacts on June 20, 2013
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Chris is a wordsmith. His book deconstructs all religions while it allows readers from all backgrounds the ability to relate from their own experiences in the context of religion.

I've read several books on the subject. This one, I have to say surprised me, as it is one of the most comprehensive. The fact that it is written so eloquently and poetically adds to the readers experience.

A must read for those questioning faith, have walked away from faith, or were never indoctrinated. Highly recommended
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David on May 26, 2014
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Why was this book written? And more importantly why should you read it?

First what it is NOT.
It is not condescending, hateful or mean spirited in any way.
It does not address any religion by name. It is NOT an attack.
It IS a magnifying glass.
Which leads back to the first question.

Why was this book written?
It was written because Chris grew up in a religious environment. He is not the first obviously, many do.
What he did next though is something all of us should do more. He questioned that which most don't.
And asking questions nobody asks about things too few doubt is not easy. Far from it.
That is the "why" this book was written. Because it is difficult to walk against the tide of conformity.
To seek for yourself the truth of the way the world works.

So it was written to help others who have questions. It is a helping hand down the road of self discovery.
Because until you truly know exactly what YOU believe, you are just a smudged carbon copy of others.
And because it is not easy, and it is emotional; having help along the way is critical.

Now the why "YOU" should read it.
It is a step by step guide on how to find the truth about ANYTHING. Not just religion.
But really, if you think about it. If you can see behind the veil of one of the most powerful institutions in the world,
how can it not help you with other possibly more mundane aspects of life.

"But I'm an atheist. Why should I bother?"
This was me, and I'll tell you why you will benefit.
I was born without a religion, and at 50 have yet to acquire one.
What it did for me was open my eyes to the humanity in us all.
Is it wrong to hate both saints & sinners?
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