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

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


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ISBN-13: 9781569755679
Publisher: Ulysses Press
Publication date: 08/28/2006
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 648,466
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

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Atheist Universe: The Thinking Person's Answer to Christian Fundamentalism 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 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!
gborchardt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Easy to understand compilation of the logical errors in theistic thinking. Unfortunately, he misses an obvious one: the "creation" of the universe from nothing as currently portrayed in the Big Bang Theory.
ceruleandaze on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
For the most part, this is a very interesting and quite detailed exploration of the inadequacies and illogical notions that so-called fundamentalist Christians have about life, the universe and our place in it all. It's probably not for every reader, of course, especially if one holds hard & fast traditional beliefs of God and the nature of the universe. Discounting the mysterious & very personal aspect of "faith", the book looks at various fundamentalist Christian beliefs from a purely logical and fact-based stance, and I think generally succeeds in climbing over or maneuvering around the inflexible walls of entrenched convictions (of God's existence & overwhelming control) that the topic usually brings up. Yet after reading the whole book, I still walked away wondering, "OK, if the fundamentalists have it all wrong [which I believe:], then what?"As interesting as it was, though, much of the book did feel a bit repetitious, with discussion of creationism and Intelligent Design treading on in multiple chapters more than I think was needed to make the point. Overall, the book seems to stumble in its apparent underlying attempt to sway the reader toward no belief and no Religious dogma, if that's even the target audience; in many ways it felt that other atheists & non-believers were the intended audience here, not Religious true believers interested in thoroughly learning about a new belief system & worldview.Even though I personally still can't totally buy into the strict atheist principle -- itself a dogma -- that no natural force (call it God, the Force, whatever) exists tying us and everything else together in a multifaceted flow of life (instead seeing love itself as the most inclusive, omnipresent and omnipotent force of all), the book's detailed exploration and curious questioning did help me feel more secure about some of my beliefs.Though tedious at times, in the end I did find it a pretty good, persuasive read. I also agree with another reviewer that the beginning of the book is probably the best, most interesting part, where the author is interviewed by Christian apologists and reasonably & deftly defends his views & beliefs.A cool point... The many quotes popping up throughout by various scientists, explorers, US government leaders & founders, artists, writers, and others was rather interesting.Originally written on Dec 31, 2009 at 09:10AM
datrappert on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book starts off well enough. Dorian Sagan's introduction is excellent. It doesn't take too much reading of the rest of the book, however, before a bad feeling starts to set in. I'm a committed atheist, and the author is right 99% of the time, but he is preaching, if I'm allowed to use that word, to the converted. His tone and attitude are so annoying that this book is useless for trying to convert an open-minded Christian reader. It reaches an absolute nadir when he devotes a chapter to defending pornography on the Internet! What does this have to do with the subject? It's like he just has to put every opinion he has ever held into the book. Give us a break!What we need is a reasoned argument that starts from a few basic premises and builds to a conclusion. If you want to start to sow the seeds of doubt in a Christian, have them read Thomas Paine's the Age of Reason or some of Bart Ehrman's books.Books like this will give atheism a bad name! :-)
DubiousDisciple on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a well-written, concise, interesting overview of the argument against Christian fundamentalism ¿ particularly Creationism.How did the universe come into being? We don¿t know. But new discoveries in quantum theory, as well as research done by Stephen Hawking and his colleagues, have demonstrated that matter can and does arise quite spontaneously from the vacuum fluctuation energy of ¿empty¿ space.Intelligent Design? Mills states that ¿ID¿s greatest triumph ¿ has been in convincing the general public that there is a controversy raging among scientists over Intelligent Design. There is no scientific controversy whatever.¿So how did life begin? Well, we know God isn¿t necessary. There is no need for spontaneous creation of complex cells; the first cells contained no nucleus at all, consisting mainly of an exterior membrane. Biological membranes form easily and spontaneously from a mixture of water and simple lipids. From there, the evidence for evolution is overwhelming, and Mills carefully refutes argument after argument posed by creationists.Life after death? Forget having science on your side, here. For example, if the law of the conservation of mass/energy necessitates consciousness after death (because mass/energy can be neither destroyed nor created) then the same law requires consciousness before conception.There just isn¿t any real debate among scientists in these matters. A study in 1998 revealed that, of the membership of the National Academy of Sciences, only 7 percent believed in a personal God, and even fewer in Creation Science or Intelligent Design. The point I took away from the book is this: Religious beliefs must remain beliefs; no more or less. The Bible¿s creationist claims are not and cannot be supported by science.
Mendoza on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I think that atheism is misunderstood by a vast majority of people. That people who are atheists have no morals, are negetive people, believe in Satan.... I could go on. As if only people that believe in a god (or, well, THE GOD) are capable of moral decisions and worthy to be around children and puppies. And the satan thing.... don't get me started.Anyway, this book articulately answers these and many many more questions concerning atheism is a clear concise way. For those curious or looking to expand their knowledge base I suggest this novel. It's not huge (250 some pages) and I found it pretty easy to follow.The author uses some pretty straight forward logic in presenting his case explaining why 'God' is unnecessary. I think that even those that have a religious faith should read this and others in this vein. Not to necessarily turn them from their path, but to help them understand where others views are coming from.
juglicerr on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If one is reading extensively in the debates between atheists and believers, including the evolution / ID debate, this book is worth reading, but it's not one of the first that I'd recommend.The book opens with an introduction dealing with the issue of whether daring to write such a book is an outrage. It then proceeds to a section of quotations from people who have criticized religion, and an interview with the author.Some of the arguments, like the varying genealogies of Jesus are excellent. Others, like the appearance of age in the earth, miss the point a bit. Some Christians hold that God created the world to look older than it is. Arguing plate tectonics is not a terribly logical response, since they could simply argue that as God created the appearance of fossils, he also created the appearance of continental drift. His arguments against God creating such an illusion are a better argument.Mills oddly enough ends with a chapter defending Internet porn. Its relationship to the rest of the book eludes me. It annoys me when people muddy their point be bringing in other issues. It narrows the appeal of an argument to require that people also believe in something that is very tangential. Is Mills trying to say that anyone who doesn't approve of Internet porn can't be an atheist or believe in evolution?I am myself an atheistic believer in evolution, and I found this very off-putting. I also wish that Mills had maintained a slightly less sneering tone: I don't like smugness in atheists any more than I like it in believers.I understand that a new, improved edition is being released.
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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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