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7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

Reassuring!

I have always felt strange about theism. Something has not been right about it. With this fascinating book, I´m finally coming to my senses. I work in health-care and I have always asked myself how does god allow so much suffering and pain?. The answer is quite simple: ...
I have always felt strange about theism. Something has not been right about it. With this fascinating book, I´m finally coming to my senses. I work in health-care and I have always asked myself how does god allow so much suffering and pain?. The answer is quite simple: suffering exists and if god doesn´t know about it, he cannot be omniscient. If god knows about suffering but is not able to make changes, he cannot be omnipotent. And if god is well aware of the suffering and choses not to intervene, than he cannot be omnibenevolent. If the above characteristics of god are true, he cannot be a god (nor a superhuman being), and therefore it is logical to infere that such a being cannot exist! In any case, I don´t want to beleive in a supreme being that allows so much suffering and evil in the world. Until proven otherwise, I´ll remain being a non believer!

posted by Anonymous on December 6, 2004

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2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

completely unconvincing

If one is to search for truth in hopes of even finding it, one must put claims to the test of opposing arguments and evidence. Smith presents arguments against theism, but does not argue against hardly any of the objections and then claims 'truth'. Take his first argum...
If one is to search for truth in hopes of even finding it, one must put claims to the test of opposing arguments and evidence. Smith presents arguments against theism, but does not argue against hardly any of the objections and then claims 'truth'. Take his first argument against God. Smith claims that for anything to have meaning it must have a limitation. The only way a thing can have being is if it is limited. Note what the implications are of this. It means that words such as infinity, limitless and so on are either self contradictions or meaningless on further analysis. Smith argues the latter because the former is false on its face. Philosphers have known that something cannot come from nothing, because it is an evident contradiction. If no God created the universe, then it must be eternal. But eternal implies infinity. What Smith is implying then is that the eternal must be limited to fit his arguments for meaning. Its either this or the universe came from nothing. His argument is full of absurdities and is nothing more than verbal juggling. He then analyzes the negative traits of God such as immutable, ineffable, and others and and writes that since they describe what God is not, God therefore doesnt exist. This is the same as saying that if a horse is not a man, a lion or a mouse therefore the horse doesnt exist! It seems there is no such thing as deductive logic either. Since deductive logic tries to find what a thing is by eliminating what it is not. These are only a few of the numerous fallacies in this book. It is unconvincing at the very least. Although it is unrelated to the arguments about Gods existance, I suggest the interested reader go through the book Economics in one lesson by Hazlitt. He shows how to reason well and especially shows how logic is also the science of tracing the implications of arguments. Smiths book could use a lesson in that.

posted by Anonymous on September 18, 2003

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2006

    Very Nice

    Im curious as to how the previous reviewer can make a comparison between standing in front of a truck and thinking your belief will evaporate the truck and not believing in god with resultant happiness. Those two arguments are no parallel in the least--additionally the conclusion alludes not to the unhappiness of theists, but the contradictions inherent in religion and the hypocrisy of most religious heads. If you want to laugh, check out the Life of Brian in addition to this book.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2012

    Recommended

    A demonstration that belief in god is irrational and the havoc has been caused by religion.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2011

    Solid

    With a philosophical flair, Smith attacks Christianity in a thorough and effective manner

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2006

    Very Useful Critique of Theism

    Smith's book is quite effective at deconstructing and refuting numerous arguments for theism. If one desires succinct yet forceful responses to Judeo-Christian apologetics, 'Atheism: The Case Against God' is a great place the look. On a side note: you will have noticed that I gave this book 4/5 stars rather than a perfect score. This is for two main reasons: 1. Smith's favorable citation of Ayn Rand, Nathaniel Branden and Objectivism in general, 2. The language used in this book can get rather stuffy at times. Overall, though, I would recommend this work to anyone interested on the so-called 'God question.'

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2004

    What a relief ! Great arguments, Easy read.

    This is the first book on atheism I have read and while I'm a bit of a novice to this subject matter I am very impressed by the variety and craft of its arguments. I suspect this book would be a poignant introduction to philosophy as well as an effective deprogramming tool for the fundamentally delusional. I'm unsure how this book rates compared with arguments on 'the other side of the fence', but it's sheer intellectual, rational, brute force affect on the uninitiated faithful should be taken seriously as a challenge. Just as a side note, it is clear some of the negative reviews below reveal an incomprehension which may or may not be an indicator of the readers prerequisite grasp of philosophical understanding; ie: Certain concepts take time and rereading to comprehend, dependent on your experience with this depth of thinking. Highly recommend if you have suspicions or are disgruntled with your faith! Daring and refreshing! Prepare to be challenged and liberated!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted April 23, 2011

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