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Ten Tough Problems in Christian Thought and Belief: A Minister-Turned-Atheist Shows Why You Should Ditch the Faith Paperback – August 7, 2016
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People like you really irritate me. I bought your ebook knowing it was relatively inexpensive and anticipating it might be good. Upon reading the book I found it to be well reasoned, highly informative and surprisingly entertaining. Which brings me to my irritation: The book was so good I must now buy a hardcopy for my bookshelves (an ebook is rarely a substitute for as fine a book as you wrote).
As most everyone already knows, the only "problem" with atheist literature is that the people who would benefit most from reading it are the 6 billion theists in the world who refuse to read it. So sad, but that's religion for ya!
Keep up the excellent writing, Mr Madison. I whole-heartedly recommend this tome to all open minded people. The observations on Paul are especially insightful.
I can't wait to add the hardcopy to my library.
Madison draws from several versions of the Bible (KJV, NASB, CEV, NIV to name a few) and I found it helpful to have a Bible handy to understand more fully the material he inexorably shoots down. (It always helps to refresh your memory on the Gospels and Epistles.) While Dawkins and others certainly give examples from the Bible, this is the first book on atheism I've seen where it's saturated with the Bible. If you're a Christian, this book can't help but make you think what an awful intellectual mess Christianity is. (And remind you that based solely on what he said, Jesus is not some cosmic comforting lap to sit in.) But, of course, few Christians like demanding challenges to their beliefs and so few will ever read this book.
There are some marks against this book. At times, he comes across as condescending and harshly glib. There are a noticeable number of typos, which I always find annoying. And Madison makes weird references to things in pop culture that I could have done without. Despite this "Ten Tough Problems" is one of the better books on atheism I've read. Recommended.
I wish to have had a book like this one by David Madison to guide me when I was trying to find my way out of the religions quagmire. It would have made my journey faster and less painful to know there was a kindred spirit. His clear, easy style is deep yet approachable to anyone who can read and think critically. What makes it, for me, even more meaningful is that David shares the struggles he went through and the intellectual quest that helped him pinpoint what, to him, are the “Ten Tough Problems in Christian Thought and Belief.”
While the ten problems that David focuses on are specific to Christian scriptures, the underlying problem of “believing in what ain’t true” applies to some aspects of all the religions I’ve studied or practiced, including 25 years of Zen. Be it the magic stories, reincarnation, visions and the “afterlife.”
This is a wonderful work, to be read and re-read. It will join my other books on the subject of belief and faith I treasure by Twain, Paine, Voltaire, Hitchens and Dawkins, among others.
Thank you, David, from a devout atheist.