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The Big Domino in the Sky and Other Atheistic Tales contains works of science fiction, historical fiction, and fantasy. Open-minded readers will find the tales entertaining and enlightening. Martin's unforgettable cast of characters ...
The Big Domino in the Sky and Other Atheistic Tales contains works of science fiction, historical fiction, and fantasy. Open-minded readers will find the tales entertaining and enlightening. Martin's unforgettable cast of characters includes the unique: a Catholic detective-priest, an android professor, a fideistic Harvard student, polytheistic aliens, and the more familiar: con men, a sadistic Marine Corps drill instructor, and Satan.
|The Preacher with No Name||25|
|Letters from Lois||29|
|Are You an Atheist and Don't Know It?||45|
|An Interview with Gustav Miller||57|
|Did I Cause Smerdyakov's Suicide?||64|
|Which God, Oh Lord?||97|
|The Sermon on the Hill||100|
|The Big Domino in the Sky||106|
|Mary and the Creators||113|
|So You Wanna See God?||121|
|The Miracle Sleuth||130|
|The Sermon by the Sea||169|
|Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary||179|
|The Death of Beneficent Ben||188|
|God for a Day!||191|
|The Free Will Improvement Project||201|
|The Satanic Curses||223|
|Sergeant Allen and Professor Hick||230|
|Epilogue: God-Free at Last!||241|
Posted March 5, 2006
Looking for a book to summarize arguements for atheism? This is the place. Prof. Martin's book 'The Big Domino in the Sky' is loaded with stories, both sad and funny, that challenge theistic belief. There's no easier book to read than this one. Those looking for a more in-depth study of atheistic arguements should consult 'Atheism: A Philosophical Justification', also by Martin. However, 'Big Domino' is really a summary of 'Atheism.' It's important to note that Prof. Martin is trying to refute the God of classical theism. This is where God is a supernatural being who is omni this, that, and the other thing. Martin doesn't tackle alternative conceptions of God, like process theism. He'd have a heck of a time refuting process theism, as it is far superior, in my view, to anything the classical tradition has ever, or possibly could, offer. Martin does a fine job in showing the shortcomings in all theistic arguements, where God is seen as a supernatural being. Martin makes it reasonable to be an atheist. 'Big Domino' is a fine companion book for philosophy of religion texts it nicely summarizes both sides of an arguement, and you won't have to read through a lot of horrible prose to which many philosphers fall victim. Martin is a fine writer--you won't be confused by his prose, be it fiction or non-fiction. I don't remember a philosopher of religion whose writing was so darn clear. William Rowe comes close but it's probably a tie. Buy this book. The stories are good ones and make their point with force and clarity. I won't be selling this one back to the used bookstore.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.