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Atheist Answers: Rational Responses to Religious Questions Paperback – December 12, 2016
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This latest work is a veritable cornucopia of questions he has received over the years from theists and fellow non-believers who seek advice, education and clarification on what atheism is and is not, what atheists think and why; and in some cases what comes across as proselytizing attempts from believers out to "stump the godless heathen." The latter are no match for Mr. McAfee's in depth education on comparative religions and the theist perspective and world view.
As a life long atheist,anti-theist, and student of religion myself, I did not necessarily agree with every answer to every question. That only makes sense, since there is no common dogma or doctrine for atheists. Ask fifty atheists what God/gods is/are and why they have no belief in them, and I'd bet dollars to donuts you'll get fifty-one or more answers. Nevertheless, there will always be a thread of commonality in those answers, and Mr. McAfee presents and summarizes that tread very effectively. For the "beginning" or intermediate atheist, or people who think they are, it will prove to be a good basis to handle questions from religious friends and relatives. For the life long atheist it gives another perspective on how a fellow long time atheist thinks and responds, and further...provides a foundation for ones own /personalized answers which may vary.
The wide span of questions and answers pretty much covers the gamut. I looked for gaps and could find none. To say it is comprehensive is an understatement. If you're an atheist or agnostic (even if you don't understand the difference) who has questions on your own non-beliefs or could use some support in religious debate; or if you are what the Pew Research Foundation refers to as the growing segment of "Nones" (people having no distinct religion or religious belief) and want to explore what atheism is all about; or if you are a casual believer or bible-banging-fundamentalist-born again-washed-in the Blood of Jesus Christian trying to understand how secular people can "be so blind"..well, this is the book to read.
A short, albeit fully packed read, easy to understand it will be a book you'll go back to often as reference.
But in all seriousness, this book was straight logic. I agreed with everything because hey! Facts! Also really enjoyed some of the anecdotes, particularly on why any God who is an atheist probably has a self esteem issue. Would recommend to anyone who's uncertain on what atheism is or how to justify it to friends and fam. Enjoyable, quick read.
The only con I really had with it was the print quality, the cover and and pages were not super high quality but I can understand that as a smaller non-profit like the Atheist Republic they probably need to keep cost down. I would totally be willing to pay a little more for a higher quality or hard cover version in the future.
I like David's easy to read and easy to understand style.
The book, to me, is more than just atheist answers. It's really skeptics answers to many questions, most of which center on religion. It promotes a rational, logical, fact-based, secular, humanist way of looking at both the world and religion.
This is the second book of David's that I've bought for myself.
Whether an atheist, someone with doubts, or a believer who wants to see how non-bellievers think, I would recommend the read.
Oh, and David is non-confrontational throughout. He may sometimes be humorous, which may be off-putting to some, but he never seems condescending.
His writing style is casual and easy to read-- but not dumbed down for the "layperson".