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Why I Am Not a Christian: Four Conclusive Reasons to Reject the Faith Paperback – February 28, 2011
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Having said that, Carrier's confidence this time seems very well-placed. Not only is his reasoning sound, but his arguments are forceful. Having been an educated evangelical Christian for a couple of decades, I could hear the still small voice in my head formulating arguments contra some of the things Carrier was stating, but at some point it's all too obvious that those "arguments" amount to little more than fancy rhetorical footwork. Any idea that must be propped up by an ever more Byzantine, bizarre Rube-Goldberg scaffolding of ad hoc speculation should perhaps best be permitted to topple.
Nowhere in the book was I more impressed than when Carrier took what might have been a labored and complex argument about the authorship and credibility of the New Testament and through the skillful use of analogy successfully set aside that entire argument. It was a brilliant conceit that anyone could follow, regardless their state of biblical literacy, and only those hopelessly committed to nonsense could fail to be swayed by it.
Let me praise the book, too, for its admirable brevity. We atheists, being mostly rather (and maybe rather TOO) cerebral, create these often dry, complicated tomes...for each other.Read more ›
Why I am Not a Christian is a fantastic brief account of why Dr. Carrier rejects the Christian religion. His four main reasons are: God's silence, God's inaction, the lack of evidence, and the debunking of the fine tuning argument. This short book of less than 90 pages is composed of the following six chapters: Why This Book, God is Silent, God is Inert, Wrong Evidence, Wrong Universe and a Conclusion.
1. It's a book by Dr. Carrier so you know it's well written and well thought out.
2. A brief intellectual appetizer. I like that.
3. A direct logical response to the question, "Why I am not a Christian."
4. Great quotes. One thing that I admire most about Dr. Carrier is his ability to convey his thoughts in a lucid manner. Consider the following thought, "The fact that believers can't agree on the content of God's message or desires also refutes the theory that he wants us to be clear on these things." You see what I mean.
5. Great defense of all his positions.
6. I always learn something new from Dr. Carrier. Always thought-provoking.
7. Priced right, an eloquent essay at a fair price. Worth it!
1. Having to wait for Dr. Carrier's next book, " On the Historicity of Jesus Christ."
In summary, I enjoyed this short book. It should be placed at every hotel and motel room. I think people would get a lot more out of it. Dr. Carrier proposes four reasons why he is not a Christian and they all hit the mark. A short but satisfactory book as every great appetizer should be.
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His fourth chapter, "Wrong Universe" is reminiscent of the very best of Victor Stenger in his "God: The Failed Hypothesis," which I consider to be the best explication of the thesis that "this universe is exactly the one we would expect if there were no God."
And still, my "Yeah, Richard, but" objections seem to ring hollow. Atheism appears to be the very best explanation possible for the universe in which we live. It would indeed be "nice" if we could believe in an omni-benevolent God who cares for us, hears our prayers, and relieves our suffering. But as Carrier amply demonstrates in chapter 2, "God is Inert," all of the available evidence indicates that God, at least in a Christian definition, does not exist.
I agree with the publisher's back cover blurb: "Ideal for door-to-door missionaries." This tract is a near-perfect answer for all believers in a Bible-based, evangelical Christianity.
Read it, absorb it, memorize it, and make it your own. Why? Because the good believers in this world deserve all of our love and compassion in pointing out that it is not we but they who are deceived. May we all see the light of reason!
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Very clear and straightforward arguments. Concise yet very thought provoking. Highly recommended for religious or non-religious alike.Published 2 months ago by Jonah D. Conner
Nice summary of the main arguments that are used for both sides of this debate. Very readable and enjoyable.Published 2 months ago by William C. Dreisbach
Spot on. Clear, well, presented argumentation. Pretty much irrefutable if you hold logic to be of any value as a concept.Published 2 months ago by Vedran Krizek
Clear explanation, maybe a little bit too long but interesting to read, I would probably skip the intro "why this book" part, it sounds more like self propaganda than a... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
At one time, I believed in God, and I compared that belief to a fire's flame, burning bright. Several years ago, the flame turned into a dim, small bit of heat. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
it's a quick and easy read, but you have to get over the feeling that this seems more like a speech than a book. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Ellen Rutherford
What This Book Is:
It is meant to be a overview on why Dr. Carrier believes (or rather, doesn't believe) what he does about the idea of a Christian God. Read more
In this brief book, the author Richard Carrier gives us his reasons why he is not a Christian and does not believe in God. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Robert Williams