this book because it gently analyzes reasons for believing in a god or gods
and then attempts to show the weakness of each "proof." In contrast, many of the other books on
Atheism aggressively denigrate theism and belittle believers in god(s).
We strongly recommend this book for people who are keen to learn of the
full range of Atheist beliefs.
The book contains 50 personal stories by academics, scientists, authors,
media personnel and politicians about why they are or became Atheists, Included
are essays by Susan Blackmore, A.C. Grayling, Joe Haldeman, Graham Oppy, Peter
Singer, and Michael Tooley. Two Amazon.com customers rated the book at 5 stars
out of a maximum of 5:
"Hande Z" wrote:
"This is a very refreshing and stimulating book for three reasons. First, It
was written by 50 authors - some philosophers, some physical scientists, some
biologists, some science writers and some journalists. The diversity of the
authors' background provide an exhilarating multiview of the subject, the
non-existence of god. Secondly, the individual contributions were written in
short, precise, and lucid styles. The reader will have his pick as to which
would be his favorite pieces. I like Stephen Law's bold assertion that one can
easily prove the non-existence of god; and he did so in fine surgical manner,
cutting away the assertions of god's existence. Adele Mercier's critical
analysis of the first and second orders of belief was fascinating, pointedly
stating that 'most people who claim to have religious beliefs have scarcely
ever analyzed the contents of their belief, and indeed are reluctant to do so,
even when prompted.' She explained that the belief in the existence of god is
a first order belief; the belief that one's belief in god is a second order
belief. She employed the two orders of belief to explain persuasively why
theists always end up with non-answers when questioned about their god. Victor
Stenger exposed the ignorance of science of some Christian apologists such as
Michael Craig; and in the case of Craig, a stubborn persistence in repeating a
false claim even when proven wrong (see pg.113) Some of the authors like Tamas
Pataki injected a bit of their personal experience and early introduction to
religion, explaining how their came to reject the belief in god. The third
reason I found this book to be refreshing is that none of the 50 voices came
from either Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, Daniel Dennett, or Sam
Harris. This is a very handy book for atheists, born-again atheists, and
people wishing to learn more before they accept or reject the belief in god.
F. Ramos wrote:
"In this rare batch of Atheistic testimonials, you will find insights from
Atheists who are very reasonable to 'religion' and even to the 'religious,'
with some horrible diatribes against 'religion' too. This book can be taken as
a sociological study of Atheism and see manifestations of Atheism in these
people's lives. As can be expected of anyone who is human, some of the
multiple perspectives among fellow Atheists will be complimentary and
contradictory, subjective and objective, rational and irrational, wise and
foolish, great and small, philosophical and 'scientific', insightful and
obsolete, long and short, true and false, tolerant and intolerant, caring and
indifferent, loving and hating, liberating and burdening, even discriminating
and accepting on a few too. What can we say? They are human too of course.
Two really, really, funny books:
Dromedary Hump, "The
Atheist Camel Chronicles: Debate Themes and Arguments for the Non-Believer (and
those who think they might be)."
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Amazon customers rate this book with 4.5 out of 5 stars. Amazon sells it for $15.99 in paperback format, and 9.95 in Kindle Ebook format.
Ms. Hump (or Mr. Hump; we are not sure of the gender of the author) has
produced a hilarious book of humorous and witty descriptions taken from her/his
blog. They are absolutely delightful arguments useful to Atheists, Agnostics ...
and also for Theists who want to be prepared for challenges from secularists. A
real delight! Caution: Be careful where you read this book. You may find
yourself helplessly rolling around on the floor in laughter. So check for sharp
objects in advance.
Bart Centre as Dromedary Hump. "The Atheist Camel Rants Again: More arguments and observations from the atheist front." Read reviews or order this book Amazon customers rate this book with five stars, the maximum rating. List price is $15.99. Amazon sells it for $11.51 in paperback format, and 9.99 in Kindle Ebook format.
"He’s back, and his camelus dromedarius disposition hasn’t mellowed. In this sequel to the popular The Atheist Camel Chronicles, Dromedary Hump (Aka, Bart Centre) delivers one-hundred essays on a medley of religious themes important to freethinkers and atheist activists. Drawn from the best of his writings, each short chapter chronicles real-life observations, poignant commentary on topical issues, and flights of fictional fancy that critically explore the havoc religion-think and the theistically afflicted impose on all of us. Unique in the genre, this book touts no theory or esoterica. Every chapter supplies the reader with easily absorbed, thought-provoking insights designed to educate, stimulate activism, and prepare the freethinker to challenge even some of the most inventive religionist precepts and apologetics. Messrs. Centre’s /Hump’s inimitable style combines sarcasm, humor, irony, unabashed bluntness, and more than a pinch of snarkiness, making The Atheist Camel Rants Again! hard to put down and harder still to forget."
More books by Atheists:
Louise M Antony, Ed., "Philosophers without Gods: Meditations on Atheism
and the Secular Life," Oxford University Press, (2007).
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