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Demonstrating that important, well-reasoned positions don't have to be presented in dry, philosophical prose, this collection is the only defense of atheism written in the form of engaging short stories that will arouse, provoke, and inspire.

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 ...

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Overview

Demonstrating that important, well-reasoned positions don't have to be presented in dry, philosophical prose, this collection is the only defense of atheism written in the form of engaging short stories that will arouse, provoke, and inspire.

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781573921114
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books
  • Publication date: 12/28/1996
  • Pages: 244
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Martin (Boston, MA) is professor of philosophy emeritus at Boston University and the author of many books on philosophy, including Atheism: A Philosophical Justification and The Case against Christianity. He is also the author of the short-story collection The Big Domino in the Sky and Other Atheistic Tales.
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Table of Contents

Preface 7
Prologue 11
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
Miller's Inferno 71
Howard's Prologue 93
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
Frenchy's Con 146
Dear Mom 151
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
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2006

    a fictional introduction to atheism

    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.

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