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About the Author

Michael Martin (Boston, MA) is professor of philosophy emeritus at Boston University and the author of many books on philosophy, including Atheism: A Philosophical Justification and The Case against Christianity. He is also the author of the short-story collection The Big Domino in the Sky and Other Atheistic Tales.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books (December 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573921114
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573921114
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,915,993 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By DEAN STRETTON on September 1, 1998
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Martin's book essentially consists of large slabs of text copied from his _Atheism: A Philosophical Justification_, and pasted (as dialogue) into simple short stories. I suppose this is not, in itself, objectionable. Indeed, given that some of the stories are quite interesting even besides their philosophical content, Martin has surely succeeded in presenting the case for atheism in a way that uninitiated lay readers will find very palatable. However, those who have already read _Atheism_ have utterly no reason to buy _The Big Domino in the Sky_. The philosophical content is not new: the arguments were presented more thoroughly and systematically in _Atheism_. The fictional element is, of course, new; but Martin is a philosopher, not a writer, and the book is hardly worth buying for its fictional content alone. As such, _The Big Domino in the Sky_ would make an excellent _introduction_ to atheism -- but beyond this, its usefulness very quickly reaches a plateau.
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By A Customer on April 29, 1998
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Michael Martin's collection of short stories is unique, there can be no doubt. I cannot name another popular fictional book that is inspired by the same subject matter - atheism. There are probably other books that do have an atheistic theme, but Martin attempts to make a case for non belief through entertaining short stories that ranged from absolutely touching to incredibly clever. Unfortunately, one may be forced to think a great deal while reading, and a dogmatic orientation will render this book impossible to read. That's their problem. For those who do not mind a challenge, in a number of ways, try this rational alternative to CS Lewis. THIS will make sense.
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I liked the book overall - and I went in to it with the attitude that there are few fictional books that are written from an atheistic perspective and being an atheist I enjoyed the stories just for that fact alone.

As for David Scott Roberts comment, I thought that is was obvious that the point of "The Free Will Improvement Project" wasn't that this is a good idea, or that it was something we should do - it was simply that if we could do it - and prevent harm to others by using this rather extreme technology - then why doesn't god do something similar(since anything we could do should be easy for god to do)? Or is it the case that if god exists it could certainly do such an activity - and this is further evidence that god doesn't exist? Or is it that god certainly isn't benevolent - if he does exist and doesn't implement something like this?

In defence of the comment indicated on page 229 - I don't believe he just wrote that comment down - there are statistics to back that statement up - it would just take a little research to find the primary resource. Not that if a person's is less educated that means anything else about the person. My personal experience has indicated that the level of education effects how the person believes in christianity(or anything) - and how it should be applied to others. The less educated - the more towards intolerance of others with different beliefs. As for most of the book being ad hominem arguments , when I read it I didn't get that feeling. Some things might feel like ad hominem arguments simply from the perspective of the reader, but not the intentions of the writer. Still, if you provided more evidence of this, perhaps you could sway me on this opinion; however, saying that most of a book is ad hominem arguments against theists and the providing one example is not proof.
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Looking for a book to summarize arguements for atheism? This is the place. Prof. Martin's book 'The Big Domino in the Sky' is loaded with stories, both funny and sad, that challenge theistic belief. There's no easier book to read than this one. Those looking for a more in-depth study of atheistic arguements should consult 'Atheism: A Philosophical Justification', also by Martin. However, if you're pressed for time, this is your book.

Also recommended: How to Lose Your Faith in Divinity School
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The Big Domino in the Sky is a needed addition to the world of fiction. Very few authors take the side of the athiest defending his point of view and/or attacking the theistic point of view. Martin crafts a series of tales that debunk myths about athiests, destroy fallacies in religious thinking, and allow you to lose yourself in his worlds. Although this is not the best book of fiction ever written, it is the best, and one of the only, attempts at athiestic fiction. The Christians have C. S. Lewis, we atheists have Michael Martin. A quick read, but a must for non-believers
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For years, Christians have promoted the fictional works of C.S. Lewis (e.g., "The Chronicles of Narnia", "The Screwtape Letters", etc.) as an entertaining and insightful presentation of the Christian worldview. Thanks to respected philosopher Michael Martin, atheists finally have a fictional book of their own. The Big Domino in the Sky and Other Atheistic Tales is a fun and thought-provoking collection of short stories in the form of science fiction, historical fiction, and fantasy.
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By A Customer on July 24, 2003
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Michael Martin's collection of short stories is unique, there can be no doubt. I cannot name another popular fictional book that is inspired by the same subject matter - atheism. There are probably other books that do have an atheistic theme, but Martin attempts to make a case for non belief through entertaining short stories that ranged from absolutely touching to incredibly clever. Unfortunately, one may be forced to think a great deal while reading, and a dogmatic orientation will render this book impossible to read. That's their problem. For those who do not mind a challenge, in a number of ways, try this rational alternative to CS Lewis. THIS will make sense.
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