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50 Reasons People Give for Believing in a God

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2008

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    Guy Harrison has written a good book for the non-technically oriented person interested in the God hypothesis. It's to this audience I rate it with 5 stars. If you are an average person who has trouble with deep philosophical and scientific arguments this book is a good place to start thinking critically about your faith. Harrison does a wonderful job of articulating why it makes little sense to believe in the face of 50 of the real reasons why the average person in the pew believes. There are many gems of wisdom in this book as Harrison offers up intelligent answers that everyone can understand against the claims of believers. --- John W. Loftus, author of 'Why I Became an Atheist.'

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  • Posted June 23, 2009

    Wonderful book!

    Easy and thought provoking read, went through it in a day!

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  • Posted April 7, 2009

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    Guy Harrison gives us fifty common reasons that people give for believing in a god. Then he raises questions regarding these reasons in his attempt to convince believers that they are wrong.

    I do like the book. I enjoyed it immensely. As a believer, I also like to engage in critical thinking. And while I have heard of the arguments presented in this book, I appreciated the tone and general lack of bile that is often present in the modern day atheist tomes. For reference see, delusion and god is not great.

    In addition, I generally agree with Harrison's questioning the authority of sacred books. Anyone would questions the validity of most of these writing if they would only take an open-minded approach.

    However, I must be critical of this book also in that it was far too redundant. That is, it continually used the same arguments over and over. I understand that the arguments and questions fit the topic but I would have edited the book in a way to minimize the overuse of the same questions.

    In addition, I would have suggested that the list be pared down to maybe 10 or 15 reasons rather than the 50. Again, it gets a little redundant. If fact, the first half of the book was a delight to read. The second half begin to become more like work as I skipped repeated questions and phrases. I would have preferred for the author to go deeper into the subject matter. Trying to cover 50 reasons in one book results in a top- of-the-wave approach.

    Harrison has provided us with an optimistic view of life in this universe. While I do not advocate the abolition of religion (well, maybe organized religion) it would be wonderful to have the major religions to read and fully understand this book. Maybe then we could escape the hostilities, bigotry , and abhorrence caused by conflicting doctrines. As this book is one of many that has convinced me that religion is not a basis for morality I can heartily recommend it.

    I hope you find this review helpful.

    Michael L. Gooch - Author of Wingtips with Spurs: Cowboy Wisdom for Today's Business Leaders.

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