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The Big Domino in the Sky: And Other Atheistic Tales Paperback – December 1, 1996
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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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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.
Also recommended: How to Lose Your Faith in Divinity School
Anyone who has read Dr. Martin's other books such as Atheism: A
Philosophical Justification, and The Case Against Christianity agree that these critiques on theism set the benchmark by which all other works critiquing theism should be measured by. Unfortunately, "The Big Domino in the Sky" does not merit the praise that his other works so rightly deserve.
As mentioned earlier the inclusion of too many features in any piece of work is more of a liability than an asset. According to this book's synopsis, its purpose is to explicate certain metaphysical, moralistic, pragmatic, and epistemological objections against the theistic worldview. Furthermore, it is supposed to accomplish this task in a non-technical and entertaining manner, which will in some way appeal to the philosophical neophyte.
This is a noble task to say the least. However, even if it is a commendable endeavor, that hardly makes it a practical one. Philosophy in my mind is intrinsically a complicated issue. Though it is not impossible to convey certain facets of philosophy, such as the philosophy of religion, in an entertaining fashion, it is impossible to present a certain philosophical viewpoint, with all the emphasis on detail, without in someway impeding upon the entertainment value of the prose. Unfortunately Martin seemed to be blissfully unaware of this when he wrote "The Big Domino in the Sky". It seems as if he took pages out of his highly acclaimed technical works and merely assigned characters to represent different points of view. This sort of technique of story writing hardly makes for interesting reading. I may be no aficionado on the subject but I do believe that a story needs a plot to go along with those characters. So for anyone who wants an introduction to Atheism that is entertaining the book "The Big Domino in the Sky" is definitely not the book for you.
Maybe next time Dr. Martin will heed to the old saying that "Less is
More". Though this may be trite it is very much true.
Beware though, his book "ATHEISM:A Philosophical Justification" is for the heavyweights. Symbolic logic to the max. However when you understand one of his suppositions it is powerful and irrefutable.
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