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

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

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by David Mills
     
 

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IS THERE REALLY A GOD?
OR DOES GOD EXIST ONLY IN OUR HEADS?
IS THE BIBLE TRULY GOD’S WORD?
OR IS IT A JUMBLE OF FANCIFUL MYTHS?


Atheist Universe details why God is unnecessary to explain the universe’s diversity, organization and beauty. Using simple, straightforward logic, this book rebuts every

Overview

IS THERE REALLY A GOD?
OR DOES GOD EXIST ONLY IN OUR HEADS?
IS THE BIBLE TRULY GOD’S WORD?
OR IS IT A JUMBLE OF FANCIFUL MYTHS?


Atheist Universe details why God is unnecessary to explain the universe’s diversity, organization and beauty. Using simple, straightforward logic, this book rebuts every argument that claims to “prove” God’s existence.

A comprehensive primer for countering today’s religious dogma, Atheist Universe addresses all the historical and scientific questions, including:

•What is atheism, and why is it so misunderstood?
•If God is a myth, then how did the universe appear?
•Without God, is there an objective “right” and “wrong”?
•What is the meaning of life without God?
•Is there evidence of Jesus’ miracles and resurrection?
•Can atheists explain “near death” experiences and medical miracles?
•Can science and the Bible realistically be reconciled?
•What is the behind-the-scenes relationship between politics and religion?

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Library Journal
In this work, essentially an update of Mills's Atheist Universe: Why God Didn't Have a Thing To Do with It (2004), he surveys a variety of topics, including intelligent design and the origin of the universe, as well as conducts what appears to be a mock interview with himself. While some of Mills's arguments are logically sound, his antagonistic way of presenting them grows tiresome. For example, he avers that agnostics choose agnosticism over atheism primarily owing to a lack of "guts," failing to support that assertion with anything other than his own opinion. In addition, he calls all Christian fundamentalists na ve and suggests that all public schools are "miserable." But perhaps his most egregious mischaracterization is his description of atheism as a positive philosophy. Most scholars would agree that atheism is not a philosophy, but a factual premise based on logical conjecture. In fact, atheism addresses only one question: does God exist? In light of the various philosophical worldviews-e.g., humanism, secular Judaism-by which atheists can choose to live their lives, Mills's suggestion that atheism per se is a positive philosophy is unsubstantiated. Not recommended.-Brad S. Matthies, Butler Univ. Lib., Indianapolis Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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ISBN-13:
9781569752630
Publisher:
Ulysses Press
Publication date:
05/01/2009
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Pages:
256
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450,525
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542 KB

Meet the Author

David Mills, an atheist for thirty years, has self published three successful books on the battle between science and religion. He has also written best-selling psychology and self-help literature for the Albert Ellis Institute in New York and for psychotherapy clients worldwide. During the 1980's, David worked as a journalist covering NASA's Space Shuttle program at the Kennedy Space Center. He lives in Huntington, WV.

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Atheist Universe: The Thinking Person's Answer to Christian Fundamentalism 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
With Atheist Universe, David Mills does a masterful job of debunking the God myth, particularly with respect to Christianity. I was circling and highlighting passages throughout, knowing that I could use the information in future debates and discussions. The first hundred or so pages, largely comprised of 'Interview with an Atheist,' feature some of the most convincing arguments yet put forth for atheism. I truly learned new things, and looked at things I already knew in a fundamentally different way. The following chapters explored the same ideas, but in much more depth. Again, the book consistently was a valuable educational resource, teaching me new things with every turn of the page. Mills makes several points abundantly clear: * Genesis and science are wholly incompatible. * Citing the intervention of God, in order to explain that which we don't yet understand, has reliably delayed our discovery of true explanations. * The supernatural need not be invoked to explain anything about the world in which we live. * Evolution is essentially a fact, while creationism and all its mutations are unscientific and fundamentally misinformed. * Jesus' historical existence is doubtful, at best! Rarely do I rave about a book. This one deserves its praise. Bravo, Mr. Mills! I'm a better atheist for having read Atheist Universe
Alex_Ag87 More than 1 year ago
The impression this book left me with, is one of satisfaction. Finally, I have been able to read a book that will help me use some of the key points from this book in order to distinguish between atheism that bashes religion for no good reason and atheism that strives to make people think and look at things from a more scientific point of view without ridiculing and harming anyone or anything in the process. I feel like this book has made me smarter, wiser, and actually more respectful to religion as well as to atheism. I would recommend this book to anyone that wants to gain knowledge about religion, the problems it has, and the way we can illustrate the answers to those problems by using intellectual thinking and critical knowledge.
random_skeptic More than 1 year ago
David Mills's book was excellent. He covered a number of different topics with clarity and wit. His arguments were sound and well founded. I particularly enjoyed the chapter on the intelligent design cult whose adherents try to pass their doctrines off as Science. I recommend this book all free thinkers whether theistic or not. Good job Mr. Mills!!!
thetascape More than 1 year ago
This book is a great primer for anyone interested in understanding atheism and it's problems with Fundamentalists, Creationists, ID proponents, science-deniers and other literalists.
rfreese666 More than 1 year ago
I've read a few books dealing with atheism and other religious and non religious books and this is easily the best one for several reasons. In other books when the author quotes someone else from history they leave it at that leaving you to wonder who is that guy? David Mills in this book very briefly tells you why this person is being quoted. Mr. Mills has a way of coming off smart and authoritative with out using big fancy words. As you read it you can tell the Mr. Mills as a sense of humor, not that im saying the book is funny, but when making an important point or arguing against stupidity you can just pick it up. He argues alot of the big questions like the age of earth, the existence of hell, not just the existence of god its self and like I said before he uses words and dialouge that anyone can understand. Another thing about this book as well as others dealing with this subject matter, is that you don't have to be an atheist to get through it. He tries to point out both sides af arguments but obviously science ends up on top (as it should) most times!
Guest More than 1 year ago
David Mills is right on the mark and never misses a single beat. Those who dismiss this book and our arguments against religion by saying that the facts are on their side are sorely mistaken. These people just don't get it. I hope that the world will be free of religion in my lifetime. Bravo, Mr. Mills!
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This book was a good reed. it's very straight forward with out being rude about it. I recommend reading this book.
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dmcerik More than 1 year ago
I would highly recommend this book to both the religious and non religious.
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To have 'faith' in the ability of determining truth from intelligent examination easily duplicated, is not the same as having 'faith' in exorbitant, or preposterous assertions that cannot be supported by any 'proven' physical, or historical phenomena!