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Why Atheism Will Replace Religion: The triumph of earthly pleasures over pie in the sky [Kindle Edition]

nigel barber
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Why Atheism Will Replace Religion sees organized religion as a dodo. Religion evolved to help our ancestors cope with anxiety and insecurity. Supernatural belief is in decline everywhere that ordinary people enjoy a decent standard of living and are secure in their health and finances. The market for formal religion is also being squeezed by modern substitutes such as sports and entertainment. Even Facebook is killing religion because it provides answers for peculiarly modern narcissistic anxieties for which religion has no answer.

This book focuses on the emotional benefits of religion that favored its evolution amongst hunter gatherers. It links the cause of religion’s emergence with the reason for its terminal decline. The writing style is similar to the author’s popular blogs on Psychology Today and Huffington Post.

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  • File Size: 407 KB
  • Print Length: 218 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00886ZSJ6
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3.0 out of 5 stars An invasion of time travelers from the future June 22, 2012
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Aldous Huxley in his science fiction novel Brave New World, a story about a secular-humanist utopia set in a time several centuries from now, seems to have anticipated the decline of religious beliefs and practices we have seen in developed countries in recent years, a trend which has generated much scholarly investigation into its causes. In Chapter 17 of that novel, the World Controller Mustapha Mond reads from his collection of forbidden ancient books a couple of passages by philosophers which supposedly explain the religious sentiment in man as he realizes his existential vulnerability. Mond then says:

>"One of the numerous things in heaven and earth that these philosophers didn't dream about was this" (he waved his hand), "us, the modern world. 'You can only be independent of God while you've got youth and prosperity; independence won't take you safely to the end.' Well, we've now got youth and prosperity right up to the end. What follows? Evidently, that we can be independent of God. 'The religious sentiment will compensate us for all our losses.' But there aren't any losses for us to compensate; religious sentiment is superfluous. And why should we go hunting for a substitute for youthful desires, when youthful desires never fail? A substitute for distractions, when we go on enjoying all the old fooleries to the very last? What need have we of repose when our minds and bodies continue to delight in activity? of consolation, when we have soma? of something immovable, when there is the social order?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Why Atheism will replace Religion August 29, 2012
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An intriguing and multi-disciplinary approach to a hot topic.Well written and cogently argued ,it's a fascinating read and deserves a wide audience.
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Nigel Barber analyzes the origin of Religion and informs us why Religion loosing the ground in this world. By comparing and analyzing the atheist (most of the people) countries with high Human Development Index, he strongly and systematically presents that when people have a peaceful life with security, he never see towards supernatural power in the sky. Out Top 10 countries 7 countries are having higher percentage of atheists. It shows development of education, health and standard of living people move away from the religion. Sports, Social networking like Facebook will work as alternative to religion and Globalization work speed up the process.

He arguments are strong and affirmative. His projection 2035 when more than 50% of world population doesn't give importance to religion somehow looks possible. Anyhow prepone or postpone of year doesn't make the arguments wrong.

A must read book for Atheists and challenging book for Believers to think again.
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