Big Domino in the Sky; And Other Atheistic Tales

Big Domino in the Sky; And Other Atheistic Tales

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by Michael Martin
     
 

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.

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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 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.

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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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.