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Atheist Universe: The Thinking Person's Answer to Christian Fundamentalism

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14 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

Best Atheist Book in 50 Years!

Not since Bertrand Russell's historic volume half a century ago have I read such an on-target, direct bull's-eye piercing Christian mythology. Atheist Universe says what every freethinker knows but lacks the eloquence and technical knowledge to successfully articulate. ...
Not since Bertrand Russell's historic volume half a century ago have I read such an on-target, direct bull's-eye piercing Christian mythology. Atheist Universe says what every freethinker knows but lacks the eloquence and technical knowledge to successfully articulate. The book is supremely well-written and pristine in logic -- contrary to the misquotes and distortions of Christian and 'professional' reviewers who are themselves enslaved by religion. There are eleven independent chapters, each of which would make a devastating attack on mysticism by itself. Taken together, however, the book provides evidence lambasting the God myth unlike any other atheist book in my memory. No wonder Dawkins quotes from it extensively in The God Delusion. In ways, it is superior even to Russell's work because this book contains up-to-date science rebutting the newest nonsense of the Intelligent Design and Creationist movements. By the author's own account, he required over three years to write this volume. His focus on meticulous detail truly shows throughout the book. Chapter 1, 'Interview with an Atheist,' is, in my opinion, the single best defense of the atheist philosophy available in print today. This book is scholarly yet friendly and popular in tone. It is easy to read but leaves the reader satisfied intellectually. I learned a great deal from this book, even though I previously considered myself quite knowledgeable on the subject of science-versus-religion. This book is a fascinating and enjoyable course in rationalism, science, logic, good humor, and clear thinking. Lucas Johnston

posted by Anonymous on January 9, 2007

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5 out of 43 people found this review helpful.

A challenge to all freethinking individuals

I am not writing this review to start an argument¿I¿m not looking for a fight. I have better things to do in life than to look for disagreements. I would like to help people recognize that this is one of the greatest issues of our time¿God is or He is not. This book ...
I am not writing this review to start an argument¿I¿m not looking for a fight. I have better things to do in life than to look for disagreements. I would like to help people recognize that this is one of the greatest issues of our time¿God is or He is not. This book makes a case that He is not and from what I have seen so far all of the reviewers of this book agree with Mills. What can happen with books like this is that you end up getting the opinion of one persons philosophical bent which can end up making absolutely no difference in your life at all. As open minded and freethinking people we must be honest with ourselves and understand that there is intellectual material available for both sides on the issue. Anyone who thinks that he has either accepted it or rejected it purely for intellectual reasons betrays a prejudice and a lack of understand of the subject. There have been giants (people much smarter than David Mils) in their thinking capacities who have been skeptics and there have been giants (much smarter than myself) who have been believers committed to the Christian perspective. This book needs to have the subtitle renamed from ¿The Thinking Person¿s Answer to Christian Fundamentalism¿ to ¿Telling Atheist¿s What They Want to Hear¿. There is not as much thinking and open mindedness here as the David Mills and the other reviewers would like you to believe. This text here is just faith placed in science instead of Christianity. Using Mills¿ propagandistic techniques we should call his religion ¿The Science Cult¿. He throws around the words ¿fact¿, ¿proof¿ and ¿evidence¿ in places where he knows truthfully that the issues are not that black and white. Mills does a good job of pointing out the blunders of man acting in the name of Christianity and there are many because we humans to such a great job of messing thing up. A warning to the wise, be careful when slinging mud, you end up getting your hands dirty while loosing a lot of ground. Atheism has its blunders in human history too! As stated above there are intellectual giants on both sides of the issue. There are intellectual atheists and there are intellectual theists. There are closed minded (believe-everything-they-hear) Atheist as well as Christians. There are scientists as well as Christians that will invent facts and contradict themselves to arrive at their preconceived conclusions (ref: Dorian Sagan quote in the preface where he points his finger at fundamentalists forgetting the three fingers that are pointing back at the Atheist(s)) I give this book four stars for an attempt at giving thinking people answers but then take away all four stars for unfulfilling this promise. There is so much conjecture here that it would take me pages and pages to point out the mess that has been made. Here is one true statement that Mills has made ¿¿most Christians know next to nothing about the Bible which they carry¿¿ David, David, David, this is true but it is also very true for Atheists as most know little to nothing about science or the Bible and will believe everything they hear or read. Here¿s a challenge to all freethinking individuals (Atheists and Christians): Don¿t believe everything you read¿Test all things¿your life depends on it.

posted by Anonymous on January 13, 2007

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2011

    Faith has no use for facts

    I read once in the science fiction series the horus heresy that faith in any thing has its power in the premise that it needs no facts to substantiate or verify it funny thing this is not a new idea it comes both from early religious doctrine and early philosphers of logic just rrad this with an open mind and respect diversity in all forms in the final analysis who is right or wrong doesnt really matter the truth will always prevail

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