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Atheist Universe: The Thinking Person's Answer to Christian Fundamentalism Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B003ODHOC2
- Publisher : Ulysses Press (August 4, 2006)
- Publication date : August 4, 2006
- Language : English
- File size : 639 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 274 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #787,209 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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"Atheist Universe" is the excellent book that uses sound logic and concise language to methodically counter well-known Christian arguments and positions. Among the arguments he counters include creationism and Intelligent Design. David Mills has written a very sound thought-provoking book that is a lot of fun to read. This 272-page book is composed of the following eleven chapters: 1. Interview with an Atheist, 2. Origin of the Universe: Natural or Supernatural?, 3. God of the Gaps: Does the Universe Show Evidence of Design?, 4. The "Miracle" of Planetary Clockwork, 5. The "Miracle" of Life on Earth, 6. Can Genesis Be Reconciled with Modern Science?, 7. "Miracles" of Christian Perception, 8. The Myth of Hell, 9. Christian Fundamentalists and the "Danger" of Internet P*rn, 10. Was America Really Founded upon Christian Principles?, and 11. "Intelligent Design": Christianity's Newest Cult.
1. A well-written, well-researched book that is characterized by its pleasant tone and conversational prose.
2. Fascinating topic that covers many interesting areas.
3. Great use of sound science and logic that is accessible to the masses.
4. A very quotable book. Great quotes throughout.
5. A great introduction in which the author preps the readers on the contents of the book.
6. An interview that cleverly provides a good overview of atheist philosophy. A lot of good insight into why the author doesn't believe in gods.
7. A look at the First Cause argument and a thorough debunking of it.
8. Creationism...its views, its flaws. Creationist's beliefs versus scientific facts.
9. Creationism versus Evolution...here we go again. The author does a wonderful job of establishing creationist misunderstandings. Also responds to creationist objections to evolution.
10. Rock-solid evidence for evolution, the geologic column. Excellent explanation for the layperson and a thorough debunking of creationism.
11. The book of Genesis gets debunked. One of the most comprehensive debunking of Noah's Ark in just a few pages. Debunks the notion of a "young" Earth.
12. A very helpful section on biblical absurdities.
13. "Miracles" under the microscope.
14. A great rebuttal on the alleged existence of Hell. "The unavoidable conclusion is that the `reason' for Hell's torture is simply to torture, as a purposeless, vengeful end in itself".
15. A very interesting look at why internet censorship is unnecessary and counterproductive. One of the most amusing government commissions ever formed let me not ruin it here.
16. Debunking the notion that America was founded on Christian principles.
17. A look at the cult better known as the Intelligent Design (ID) movement. It's history and how it "evolved".
18. Debunking the Anthropic Principle and other ID follies.
19. Debunking the Kalam argument.
20. Excellent notes section and bibliography.
1. The definition of agnostic was not accurate.
2. Not all atheists are liberals. I agree that the majority is but I would be careful of lumping everyone under the same umbrella.
3. Despite the pleasant overall tone there is some ranting going on...
In summary, I really had a lot of fun with this book. Good use of logic is so refreshing. This book really holds up well after a second read. The author's conversational tone and his command of the topic made this is a treat to read. Many topics within the atheist philosophy is covered while methodically dismantling creationism and Intelligent Design. This book is perfect for anyone interested in the atheist/agnostic philosophy. I highly recommend it!
Further recommendations: " The Religion Virus: Why We Believe in God: An Evolutionist Explains Religion's Incredible Hold on Humanity " by James A. Craig, " 50 Reasons People Give for Believing in a God " by Guy P. Harrison, " The God Delusion " by Richard Dawkins, " The God Virus: How religion infects our lives and culture " by Darrel W. Ray, " The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason " by Sam Harris, " Faith No More: Why People Reject Religion " by Phil Zuckerman, " Atheism Advanced: Further Thoughts of a Freethinker " by David Eller, " Why We Believe in God(s): A Concise Guide to the Science of Faith " by J. Anderson Thomson Jr., " The Believing Brain: From Ghosts and Gods to Politics and Conspiracies---How We Construct Beliefs and Reinforce Them as Truths " by Michael Shermer, and " Why I Became an Atheist: A Former Preacher Rejects Christianity " John W. Loftus.
I am neither a cosmologist nor a nuclear physicist and would have had problems understanding the book if that's who it was intended for but luckily this book was written for someone just like me. There are terms that I had forgotten such as thermodynamics, entropy as well as laws such as conservation of mass / energy, etc. It was nice to be refreshed and it did it so quickly. I can only speak of a few paragraphs where my concentration wavered, the rest of it held my attention pretty well.
One thing that gave me cognitive dissonance was the sexual latency in prepubescent children (I did not know Freud agreed with this). I dont remember this in my psych classes. To say that children who have not entered puberty are not interested in looking at certain things on the internet is hard for me to believe.
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I would recommend it to anyone who would like to learn more about the absurdity of Christian Fundamentalism.
However, if a book explaining how Atheism is such a positive world view is what you are after,
then I can highly recommend Atheism: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)