How "God" Works: A Logical Inquiry on Faith

by Marshall Brain

How "God" Works: A Logical Inquiry on Faith

by Marshall Brain


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The founder of uses objectivity, logic, and critical thinking to explore the question of God’s reality in an honest way.

Does God exist? Using an intellectually rigorous, scientific approach, Marshall Brain—the founder of and author of the How Stuff Works series—sets out to resolve the eternal debate once and for all. With a compelling sense of curiosity, he breaks down mankind’s search for a higher power, tackling such quandaries as: Who is God? What are his attributes? What is God doing and why? How does God interact with humanity? And ultimately, how can humans know with certainty whether God is real or imaginary?

How “God” Works is an enlightening journey in critical thinking that challenges readers to boldly approach the subject of personal faith and put aside intuition in favor of objectivity and logic.

“Takes readers on a journey of critical thinking . . . it is the combination of all the arguments made and the approach to those arguments that make this book so convincing.” —Skeptic Ink

“Brain subjects Christianity to withering analysis . . . He is precise and convincing in his analytical process.” —

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781454913795
Publisher: Union Square & Co.
Publication date: 11/22/2022
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 284
Sales rank: 1,039,192
File size: 934 KB

About the Author

Marshall Brain is best known as the founder of, and is the bestselling author of the How Stuff Works series (Wiley). He has appeared on Oprah, Dr. Oz, Good Morning America, CNN, Modern Marvels, and in many other media outlets to apply his signature approach to unraveling the mysteries of life. He is also the host of the National Geographic Channel's Factory Floor with Marshall Brain TV show. He lives in Cary, North Carolina.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 What Happened at Banda Aceh? 8

Chapter 2 Can We Prove That Something Is Imaginary? 20

Chapter 3 Why Do People Believe in Imaginary Things? 32

Chapter 4 Who Is God? 48

Chapter 5 Does God Answer Prayers? 60

Chapter 6 What Happens If We Examine Prayer Statistically? 82

Chapter 7 Does God Cure Rabies? 96

Chapter 8 Why Won't God Heal Amputees? 106

Chapter 9 Have You Thought About the Yes/No/Wait Fallacy? 112

Chapter 10 What Does Prayer Tell Us About God? 124

Chapter 11 How Do We Know That Santa Claus Is Imaginary? 132

Chapter 12 What Is Absurdity, and What Is a Myth? 138

Chapter 13 If God Is Imaginary, Why Is Christianity So Common in the "United States? 164

Chapter 14 Is God Love? 172

Chapter 15 Who Is the Bible's Author? 180

Chapter 16 If God Exists, Why Don't We Ask God to Appear? 188

Chapter 17 Why Don't We Ask Jesus to Appear? 194

Chapter 18 Do People Hear God's Voice? 200

Chapter 19 What Would Our World Look Like If There Were No God? 210

Chapter 20 How Could Anyone Say That God la Good or that God Is Love? 222

Chapter 21 Do You Have a Soul? 234

Chapter 22 Understanding Religious Super-Irrationality 242

Chapter 23 A Brief Resource Guide for Recovering Believers 254

End Notes 269

Index 279

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