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Atheist Universe: The Thinking Person's Answer to Christian Fundamentalism Paperback – August 4, 2006
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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.
People who act like sheep and simply follow the herd?
You think atheist is a bad word? Well, you are an atheist to all
god's except yours. Try not being so closed minded and read
this. I suspect you'll be pleasantly surprised!
He cites many quotations from several known American figures(scientists, politicians, writers, presidents).
He provides many Creationist arguments and responses to several of the most popular topics concerning the Bible.
He provides many references from which one can further research.
If you're already an Atheist, get it.
If you're open-minded, get it.
If you're dubious about Christianity, get it.
Even if you've been taught and coerced into believing Christianity is "the one true religion", get it.
After reading it, even if a God does exist, it most definitely is not the Christian one.
As always, I would encourage everyone to think for themselves. Don't be quick to mindlessly believe pastors, rabbis, professors, and certainly not me. Read the book (or not) and decide for yourselves. Believer and Non-Believer (honest ones at least) can get a lot out of this relatively quick and informative read.