- Hardcover: 300 pages
- Publisher: Xlibris (April 6, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1413434827
- ISBN-13: 978-1413434828
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (294 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,248,371 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Although Mills is a self styled atheist, he was once a fervently religious Baptist, "selling" the Bible to all those who would stop to listen. But then, at an early age he discovered, after careful study of Christian-apologist writer's books that all their arguments boiled down to, "We know the Bible is true because it's the Bible". In 11 chapters and 255 pages, Mills breaks down and destroys all the Creationist and IDers (Intelligent Design) arguments against Evolution and for the existance of God.
Creationists believe in a literal translation of the Bible. That the earth and universe were created in 6 days 6000 years ago and that Adam and Eve were the first humans that lived on earth 4000 years ago. Mills points out the many conflicts and discrepancies that occur in the NT Bible. For instance, on P.146 the genealogy of Christ back from David is listed. Matthew lists 28 ancestors, while Luke lists 43 ancestors, and they are not the same people. Mills also points out that if some material in the Bible is wrong, how can we depend on the rest of it to be true?
The Atheist Universe is a very interesting well written and well researched book that will turn off many Christians. However, the rest of us can explore the atheist's world and how it differs from Christian Fundamentalism.
The rest of the book was quite interesting and seemed to be well researched. I will use some of the arguments in the book when next confronted by theists.
When asked by an interviewer the difference between an atheist and an agnostic, he replied, "The words atheist and agnostic have totally disparate origins. But the real answer to your question is GUTS. It is more socially acceptable to be an agnostic than an atheist... atheism... represents a more specific and firmly-held position than agnosticism, which ... can mean a hundred different things." (Pg. 40) He argues that people believe in God because "they were taught to believe as small children and because almost everybody they know believes in God also. We should recognize that all children are born as atheists. There is no child born with a religious belief." (Pg. 43-44)
About the age of the earth, he observes, "Creationists sometimes respond that the Genesis flood somehow 'reset Earth's radioactive time clock.' If so, then why do the oldest lunar and Martian rocks also test at 4.5 billion years (the same age as earth)? Did Noah's flood 'reset the radioactive time clocks' on the moon and Mars too?" (Pg. 152)
Responding to the argument that astronaut John Glenn was an intelligent man of science, he replied, "John Glenn is certainly no coward or halfwit. And clearly, there are MILLIONS of other highy intelligent, competent, talented, courageous and admirable people who, like Glenn, believe in God... And, for the most part, the evidence cited by these believers is real, rather than imagined. The Earth IS remarkably beautiful from space. Nature DOES show a degree of underlying order. But I also recall vividly that, at the very moment Glenn uttered his oft-repeated words about a Creator, the Shuttle was flying over Central America, where Hurricane Mitch had just destroyed the infrastructure of five entire nations. Thousands of people had just been killed and hundreds of thousands left homeless." (Pg. 181)
More focused on science than many other Atheist books, this book will be of considerable interest to atheists, skeptics, and other freethinkers---and perhaps also to those who just want to get a glimpse into the mind of an intelligent and popular atheist.
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