Peter Boghossian, Atheist Tactician: A Preliminary Response To "A Manual For Creating Atheists" Kindle Edition
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Understanding the counters presented in this book may help defend against the weak arguments within it. Know thy enemy. (I say this in love)
1. The author comes pretty close to making a good arguement for the word "faith", taken in context within the realm of Christianity. That, however, is always the problem with Christian apologetics. They are very "religio-centric". I.E. They don't think outside the realm of Christianity. Of course you can find "evidence" for Christian faith in the bible, since it is the basis of Christianity. It is a circular argument: There is evidence in the bible for faith/Christianity/existence of God and the evidence in the bible is true because it is the word of God and we know there is a God because there is evidence in the bible and etc. etc. Take a step back. Boghossian's book is about taking a step back from a religious bubble and seeing the larger picture of religions. The "evidence" that Gilson presents in this book would not amount to a hill of beans to a Muslim or a Hebrew or a Hindu or a etc. etc. Boghossian's book is not centered on debunking Christianity, it is broad based to cover all religions. It is not about changing beliefs, but changing the way people think. What makes Tom's arguments any more true than Islam's claim to be the one true faith?
2. Tom is very centered on the word Faith and Peter's definition of faith. Most of Peter's book, again, is challenging how people think. His chapter on faith is importnant, but is not the whole of the book. I get the feeling that Tom read the first 2 chapters and then penned his book. Maybe that is why part of the title is "A Preliminary Response"
A brief mentioning of poor proof reading also needs to be stated. I also like the evidence analogy of the murder scene with faith. Some how finger prints on a gun and bullet wounds on a victim are as strong as a story written down 2000 years ago by an unknown author with bias towards Christianity that was subsequently retranslated 3 or 4 times. Um... yeah.
Here are 3 facts that Peter outlines in his book that are a good starting point for "stepping out of the bubble" when thinking about religion. (I am paraphrasing. Peter does a more eloquent job). I don't think you can make a logical/sensible arguement against them:
a. There are many, many religions in the world.
b. Most, if not all, religions claim to be the true word of God with the proper way to get to heaven
c. Many claims of one religion disagree with, or are in direct contradiction with, the claims of other religions
What can you say to those facts? All religions can't be right. But they all can be wrong...
SO, is it worth one star? I guess for the fact that it doesn't really negate Peter's book and, hence, fails at what it sets out to do. It falls into the trap of religious people all over the world. "My religion is true because I believe it to be true. And here is my "evidence" from my holy book! (Evidence that all other religions can also produce to prove their religion is true.)
I wouldn't recommend this to an atheist looking for a good retort to religious views. It is too focused on the Christian point of view.
I think the author needs to un-focus on Christianity and find more broad based reasons for faith that don't need to rely on the Bible (which the majority of people don't belive is the definitive religious book) I'd be interested to read the author's response on the rest of Peter's book. The critical thinking aspects especially.
"Live like today is your last but learn as though you will live forever." - Ghandi (Paraphrased)
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