Does God exist? Using an intellectually rigorous, scientific approach, Marshall Brain—the founder of HowStuffWorks.com 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.
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About the Author
Marshall Brain is best known as the founder of HowStuffWorks.com, 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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Very disappointing. Was hoping for a book that actually explored the various ideas of God, and looked at them with some form form of philosophical insight comparing them to each other and to atheism/science (something like Dr. Graffin's examination of the theory of evolution by survival of the fittest, and the relationship between the conflicting theistic and scientific explanations for life, in "Anarchy Evolution"). This book is nothing more than a collection of the standard anti-religion arguments you can read on any religious social media post's comment section. It literally has a checklist in chapter 19. Can you see God? No? Check one point to imaginary. Why would God let disasters happen? Check another point to imaginary. One of the check list items is "If God were real, we would expect the universe to be habitable." Credit where credit's due, of all the logical "God is fake" arguments there are, this is the only time I've heard the, "If I can't breathe in space or live on Mars, God can't be real," reasoning. The author spends all his time trying to dissect Christianity, and admits that he focuses on only Christianity because he doesn't know much about other religions...obviously he did a lot of research. The book constantly goes back to the question of, "Why doesn't God just do this or that?" Yet, conveniently, deism is never once mentioned. Not sure if that's because it would negate many of the arguments the book relies on, or if deism was just lumped in with all the other forms of religious views the author couldn't be bothered to research. It claims to be "free from bias" but constantly talks down toward anyone that does believe in a God. The final chapter is even called, "A Brief Resource Guide For Recovering Believers," and continues to insult anyone who doesn't agree with him. What a God awful waste of my money and time.
This book reminds me of Albert Einstein adage "Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler." The style and content is distinct from other popular writers of the God debate such as Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, and Sam Harris. I think it's more accessible, direct, succinct, and linear. Mr. Brain boldly claims one can PROVE something is imaginary. He introduces the tools and process employed to do so ... and the foibles that derail our thinking. He provides real-world examples applying the tools. Then he employs them to lay bare with stark reality "How God Works". He closes with assessing/recommending how "waking up in the real world" impacts our ethics, meaning, and significance.