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In the past, as in the present, science has explored the reasons for belief. In recent years, with the rise of categorical, practical, and militant atheism, the scientific and philosophical community has begun studying the worldview of atheism. The Atheist Persona: Causes and Consequences is a summary of the most recent research, by the best of scholars, on the subject of atheism. In an effort to create a more courteous dialogue between theists and atheists, this book acknowledges that while there are reasons for believing in God, there are also reasons for not believing in God. Atheist Persona showcases how the worldview we choose to accept determines how we live our lives and how we influence those around us.
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About the Author
Fr. John J. Pasquini, Th.D., is a priest, author, columnist, counselor, scholar, and philosopher.
Table of ContentsPreface
Chapter One: The Psychological and Sociological Causes for Atheism
The Dysfunctional or Absent Father Figure
The Dysfunctional or Absent Mother Figure
The Defective-Dysfunctional Family
Atheist Father and/or Mother Hero
The Dysfunctional Cleric
Atheism—A Pathological Response to Social Disintegration
Personal Convenience, Self-Centeredness and Hedonism
Comfort in Health and Life
The Atheist Persona—A Hopeless Life
Chapter Two: God Belief: Good or Bad for You?
Good or Bad?
Predisposed to Healing?
Chapter Three: Big Fancy Robots?
God Module or Switch?
The God Helmet
Neuroplasticity of the Brain
Chapter Four: Biology and Atheism Continued
Superman or Deficient Being?
Further Neurological Insights
The Media and Brain Development
Men vs. Women
Further Neurological Studies
Chapter Five: The Spiritual Pivot: Humanness Explicated
Illumination and Enlightenment
Purification of the Soul and the Mystical
Neuroscience and the Mystical
Chapter Six: Intolerance and Violence
Holding Back the Barbarian in Us
Catholic Inquisitions, Crusades, and Religious Wars
Chapter Seven: Slaughtering the Scriptures in the Name of Atheism
Ignorance or Dishonesty?
Chapter Eight: Encyclopedia of Prehistoric Cults?
God of Myth or Philosophy?
Christianizing Pagan Practices
Pagan Roots for Atheism
Chapter Nine: The Media: Atheism’s Evangelizing Pulpit
The Media—Expressing and Fostering the Atheist Lifestyle
The Cult of the Body
Cult of Self-Abuse
A Medicated Society
A Sex-Obsessed World
Din of Vulgarity (continued)
Dummying-down of Society
Loss of Empathy
The “god” of Materialism
The Fostering of Passivity
Suppressing the Truth
Media (in general)
Chapter Ten: Science and/or Man as “god”
Science as god
Man as god
Chapter Eleven: What Science and Man Can’t Explain
Chapter Twelve: The Spiritual: Essential for the Sciences and the Arts
Priests and Religious Orders
The Church in General
Chapter Thirteen: Atheism’s Bequest
Post Abortion Trauma—Damaging Women
Post Abortion Trauma—Damaging Families
Modern Comprehensive Sex Education
Divorce—impacting the future
Child Abuse—the result of the denigration of personhood and the family
No Place for the Poor in Secularism
Overpopulation—a myth promoted by hedonistic atheists
Assisted Reproduction, Genetic Engineering, Scientific Research
Euthanasia vs. Palliative Care
Violence in Society—the beginnings of the end
Conclusion: Brain in a Vat
A Final Remark
Appendix I: What was lost? Metaphysics and the Natural Law
Appendix II: A Science-based Moral System for Atheists