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My doubts took root in the suffering and traumas of life I witnessed, tried to address, and in my own psychological dysfunctions. I left the ministry in 1987, but it took me another 9 years before i rejected all my religious beliefs and the existence of 'God'.
I have a constant interested in reading and learning about the big questions of life - of science, philosophy and belief systems. I am sickened by violence and sexism evident across the world today and often encouraged by religious fanatics. I regret that it took me so many years to embrace atheism.
I have found so much help and support in Armin Navabi's book, "Why There Is No God". His explanations have reinforced my own convictions and given me some new insights to apply to my own life. I have especially appreciated the links to books, articles and internet web pages that are found in the pages of this book. "Why There Is No God" has launched me into new territory to explore.
“Why There Is No God" is a basic counterargument book to twenty popular arguments for the existence of “God”. Former Muslim from Iran and founder of Atheist Republic, Armin Navabi provides readers with an introductory-level book that can use more refinement and stronger analysis. There is a lot to like here but it has been done before and much better. This average 77-page book includes twenty chapters each covering an argument for the existence of “God” followed up by the author’s response.
1. A brief, accessible book.
2. The fascinating topic of religion.
3. In general, I agree with all the conclusions made by the author.
4. The book is laid out fairly well; it’s very easy to follow. Each chapter covers an argument for the existence of “God” followed by a counterargument.
5. Unlike most atheist books this one ventures out to Islam as well. The author is a former Muslim and his background helps shed light to another form of belief.
6. Sensible quotes. “This is perhaps the greatest problem with the idea of complexity by design. Invoking a deity doesn't solve the problem of complexity; it introduces a new problem.”
7. Demonstrates inconsistencies in scripture.
8. Problems with supernatural causes. “Another problem with ascribing supernatural causes to mysterious events is that they are unfalsifiable, meaning that they can’t be disproved. Unfalsifiable claims hold no merit without evidence.”
9. The Morality of “God” questioned. “An all-loving god would surely not damn his children to an eternity of torture simply for being born into a culture that believes in the wrong deity, follows the wrong holy book or attends the wrong type of church services.”
10. Debunks the populum fallacy. “Simply stated, the truth is true even if no one believes it, and untrue claims are still untrue even if everyone believes them.”
11. The problem with confirmation bias.
12. The problem with subjective experiences. “The burden of proof is always on the person making a claim, not on the person that the claim is being made to. So in order for an individual's personal relationship with God to act as proof of God's existence, it's up to the person making this claim to substantiate it.”
13. The “god of the gaps” rears its unsubstantiated head. “God is used as an answer, but in reality, the issue of God simply raises new questions. You cannot solve a mystery by using a bigger mystery as the answer.”
14. So does “God” help people? “There is no evidence to suggest that God helps people. There is, however, ample evidence that people can help themselves and each other.”
15. Defining “God”. “If the word “god” can mean anything to anyone, then it essentially carries no meaning.”
16. At the heart of religion. “As there is no evidence that any of that is true, religion, in effect, is creating an imaginary problem simply so that it can sell an imaginary solution.”
17. Has atheism killed more people than religion? Find out.
18. The use of fear in perspective. “The idea that fear could drive you toward the belief in God only goes to suggest that religious claims are commonly fear-based and not rooted in actual logic or evidence.”
19. Interesting look at intelligence. “Intelligence relates to the way one processes information, not necessarily what she knows or believes.”
20. Science in perspective. “Science doesn’t claim to have absolute certainty about the world; it creates models that provide the best explanation based on the available evidence. If additional evidence is found, the model can be changed.”
1. There are better books on the market that cover this topic.
2. Low production value hurts this book.
3. Not always the best and strongest arguments for the existence of “God” and likewise not the strongest rebuttals.
4. Lacks depth and scientific rigor.
5. In need of a professional editor.
6. Nothing really new here other than some perspectives of his former faith.
7. Lack of charts, diagrams or any visual material.
8. Sources are provided but a separate formal bibliography is preferred.
In summary, this is an average, introductory book as atheist books go. There are better books on the market that cover this same topic with much more rigor and expertise. I like the idea and encourage the author to continue on his admirable and much-needed quest to educate the populace as I agree with the merit of his journey. Some good material here and his unique perspective is appreciated but would recommend more scholarship and rigor. Average book.
Further recommendations: “50 popular beliefs that people think are true” by Guy P. Harrison, “The Invention of Religion” by Alexander Drake, “Why I’m Not a Christian” by Richard Carrier, “Nonbeliever Nation” by David Niose, “Atheism for Dummies” by Dale McGowan, “The End of Christianity” by John Loftus, “The Atheist Universe” by David Mills, “Nailed” by David Fitzgerald, “The God Argument” by A.C. Grayling, “Godless” by Dan Barker, “God is not Great” by Christopher Hitchens, “Freethinkers” by Susan Jacoby, “Moral Combat” by Sikivu Hutchinson, “The Religion Virus” Craig A. James, “American Fascists” by Chris Hedges, “Doubt” by Jennifer Michael Hecht, and “Society Without God” by Phil Zuckerman.