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Atheism: What's it all about? Paperback – April 8, 2015
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About the Author
Larry S. Rhodes was born into a Christian family, but is now a 40-year Atheist. He is the Founder and President of the Atheists Society of Knoxville as well as the President of the Rationalists of East Tennessee. For 4 years he was the Executive Producer of Freethought Forum, a public access call-in Atheist TV show that is still airing in the Knoxville. He Hosted the program dozens of times and his on-air interviews have included Annie-Laurie Gaylor, Eugenie Scott, Teresa McBain, Jerry DeWitt and James A. Lindsay. Mr. Rhodes is also the Author and Webmaster of DigitalFreethought.com and it's Blog.
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I would say the people who would benefit the most from reading this book are those who feel conflicted about their religious upbringing and how it clashes with reality/facts. If you struggle with religious dogma and the bizarre (at best) and evil (at worst) biblical events caused by a deity to whom people still bow their heads in the 21st century, you will find a friend in this book. Every one of these essays clarified some question already in my mind - what a relief to finally put these mental struggles to rest. Moreover, to know that I am not alone in my doubt (and frankly, anger -- read Chapter 40, "Belief Comes With Some Very Real Costs, Don't Ignore Them) and that people like Larry Rhodes have resolved the issue by simply walking out of the chains that are all religions. This book is a great place to start your journey into freedom, reality, and the wonder of life. And if you have already read works from authors such as Christopher Hitchens, Daniel Dennett, and Sam Harris, you will like this too.
One thing I really love about this book is its plain-language approach. If you've ever been bogged down for days deciphering the [purposefully?] arcane language of a philosophy book, you will appreciate what I mean. The author succeeds at one of his stated goals: to provide a framework for calm rational conversation between believers and non-believers (especially friends and loved ones). His plain-language conversational approach achieves that goal perfectly.
Everyone looks for defensible logic, articulated language and, yes, validation for their belief system. For me, this book hits the spot perfectly. I strongly recommend this book to anyone wanting a comprehensive and thoughtful introduction to Atheist philosophy.
"When mankind learns that there are no gods, it will be as important to human development as the discovery of fire." -Larry S. Rhodes
It would be a good book especially for a beginning Atheist (Which was the author's point to writing the book) as each section very carefully covers one complete argument.
I definitely recommend it.
As the graduate of a major seminary where responsible professors often guided us toward questions that should not be avoided, I learned to appreciate honest and challenging scholarship. Larry Rhodes strikes me as an equally earnest seeker of truth and insight. Like my seminary professors, he does not evade questions that need to be faced and explored by sensitive minds and hearts. His engaging style exemplifies respect for his readers’ intelligence and integrity.
Far from being a work of sensational polemics designed to demean opponents and inflate the writer’s ego, this very readable book is a polite invitation to join the author in an adventure to become involved with fascinating ideas, images, models, and religious metaphors. In short, it is a moral, intellectual, and emotional tour with an author whose ambiance is more that of a friendly fellow investigator than an authoritarian guide. It is an enriching and captivating journey. I wish every seminary student and busy minister and priest could find time to become engrossed in each chapter.
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It's not about anything. That's the whole point.