A Manual for Creating Atheists [NOOK Book]

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For thousands of years, the faithful have honed proselytizing strategies and talked people into believing the truth of one holy book or another. Indeed, the faithful often view converting others as an obligation of their faith--and are trained from an early age to spread their unique brand of religion. The result is a world broken in large part by unquestioned faith. As an urgently needed counter to this tried-and-true tradition of religious evangelism, A Manual for Creating Atheists offers the first-ever guide ...
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Overview

For thousands of years, the faithful have honed proselytizing strategies and talked people into believing the truth of one holy book or another. Indeed, the faithful often view converting others as an obligation of their faith--and are trained from an early age to spread their unique brand of religion. The result is a world broken in large part by unquestioned faith. As an urgently needed counter to this tried-and-true tradition of religious evangelism, A Manual for Creating Atheists offers the first-ever guide not for talking people into faith--but for talking them out of it. Peter Boghossian draws on the tools he has developed and used for more than twenty years as a philosopher and educator to teach how to engage the faithful in conversations that will help them value critical thinking, cast doubt on their religious beliefs, mistrust their faith, abandon superstition and irrationality, and ultimately embrace rationality and reason.
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"A book so great you can skip it and just read the footnotes. Pure genius."  —Christopher Johnson, cofounder, the Onion

"I wouldn't be surprised if ten years from now we realized that this book's publication was a turning point in the decline of Christianity in the West."  —Tom Gilson, author, Thinking Christian

"There is nothing else on the market like this book that helps atheists talk believers out of their faith. Every atheist interested in doing so, or who talks to believers about faith at all, should read it. It's both needed and brilliant!"  —John W. Loftus, author, Why I Became an Atheist and The Outsider Test for Faith

"Boghossian has provided an indispensable chart book for all of us who must navigate the rising sea of magical thinking that is inundating America today."  —Victor Stenger, PhD, author, God: The Failed Hypothesis and God and the Atom

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781939578150
  • Publisher: Pitchstone Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/24/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 271
  • Sales rank: 56,675
  • File size: 535 KB

Meet the Author

Peter Boghossian is a full-time faculty member in the philosophy department at Portland State University.
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  • Posted January 9, 2014

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    Over the last couple of weeks, I've heard a lot of hype about th

    Over the last couple of weeks, I've heard a lot of hype about the book, so I decided to get myself a copy. Overall, it's well-written and easy to read.

    The basic concept Boghossian wants to get across is creating an environment for "doxastic openness," or admitting when you have limited knowledge and are willing to revise a belief. Faith, Boghossian claims, is a failed epistemology; faith does not give one knowledge, nor is faith a good justification (where faith means "pretending to know things you don't know"). Boghossian does provide compelling grounds to reject faith as a reasonable way to justify beliefs and gain knowledge. Boghossian isn't arguing against religion per se, but against faith as an epistemology.

    Boghossian's basic thesis, though, is nothing more than the Socratic Method. The Socratic Method is essentially engaging others in questioning, where the questions lead a subject to acknowledge they don't actually know what they thought they knew. In the case of faith, Boghossian argues that by simply asking questions (in the right way. See book for details), you can get people to admit their beliefs are actually fallible, and thereby sow seeds of doubt in someone's faith-based worldview.

    Although I'm on board with Boghossian's overall project, the book read like an atheist missionary handbook (given the title, I couldn't be surprised). The book is filled with many wonderful tidbits of information and many useful ways in which to question people about their faith, but there were times where I thought it sounded too much like a door-to-door conversion manual than a defense of a tried-and-true way in which to get people to doubt.

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