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Beyond Reasonable Doubt: A Lawyer's Case for Disbelief in God [Hardcover]

Geoff J Henley

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1 Jun 2008
After handling thousands of civil and criminal cases, former prosecutor Geoff Henley takes on the world's biggest culprit: God. In Beyond Reasonable Doubt, the attorney applies accepted legal precepts to scripture with devastating results for religion. Much like science has confounded religion's depiction of the natural word, Henley shows how well-settled common law principles undermine religion's claims that a just God exists. Whether you are a skeptic or a believer, a layman or a lawyer, you will not want to miss this pointed analysis of myths, the Bible, the Koran and Anglo-American law.
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  • Hardcover: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Xlibris Corporation (1 Jun 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1436333458
  • ISBN-13: 978-1436333450
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.9 cm

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Henley obtained his bachelor's degree from the University of Texas at Austin where he majored in Government and minored in Philosophy. He subsequently received a master's degree from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, before returning to the University of Texas' School of Law. From 1997 to 2001, Henley served as an assistant district attorney in Cameron County, Texas. He practices civil litigation and real estate law in Dallas. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A lawyer's view of God and Christianity 9 Oct 2008
By Stephen B. Gray - Published on Amazon.com
This book is not like most of the atheist books. It evaluates gods, especially the Christian one, from a legal point of view. It spends somewhat too much time discussing evidence, court proceedings, etc. in preparation for comparison with religious practices, but if you get through that, it's worthwhile. He's a Texas lawyer and former prosecutor, so he has lots of legal expertise. The writing is rather strange at times, especially in the beginning, but gets better. The points he makes are not ones you will find anywhere else, so as an atheist who's planning my own book, I found it valuable as source material. For those interested in the topic of religious teachings and practices, it's definitely worth the money.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A new prespective on religion 15 April 2009
By Doyle Duke "In Search of Camelot" - Published on Amazon.com
When it comes to refuting Christian beliefs there are basically two avenues of approach; the scientific, epitomized in Richard Dawkins' "The God Delusion," or the theological, which may be represented by George Smith's, "Atheism: the Case against God." Mr. Henley's work, "Beyond Reasonable Doubt," is unique in that it not only addresses both methods but introduces a third consideration-the legality of Christian claims. In Beyond Reasonable Doubt, even before he turns to his expertise in civil and criminal law, Geoff Henley kicks the legs, one by one, from underneath the stool of religious beliefs. From evolutionary and scientific revelations to just plain ole common sense reasoning Mr. Henley, with the tongue in cheek wit of a modern-day Matlock, presents simple and concise arguments that reduce pro-religious assertions to [...] braying. As a Texas attorney he presents a unique approach to refuting Christian claims. By simply comparing the Biblical teachings and laws to the judicial system we enjoy here in the United States, he makes it obvious that the two have little in common. And by revealing the injustice and inequality of the Christian god's dictates, as compared to our laws, Beyond Reasonable Doubt leaves no doubt as to which is superior. It is here the reader, unless he is already well-versed in the American judicial system, is rewarded with a secondary treat-a better understanding and greater appreciation of that system. I, personally, will at least screen some of the worst lawyer jokes from my repertoire.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Totally different approach 11 Aug 2009
By Darrel W. Ray - Published on Amazon.com
I have read all the major books by the New Atheists but this one takes a totally different approach. I enjoyed it because it shows how completely absurd religious arguments are when evaluated from the perspective of a court of law. I have to say that it began somewhat slow but got better with each chapter. For the legal lay person, he is careful to introduce the concepts and ideas necessary to understand a court of law and trial procedure. Once that is understood, little stands in your way. God, the defendant, is clearly guilty of being an impostor. If you want a new way to look at religion of any kind and to see how well designed out legal system is for evaluating the crazy claims of religion, read this book. For further reading, get my book, The God Virus: How Religion Infects Our Lives and Culture. The God Virus: How religion infects our lives and culture
4.0 out of 5 stars Wow 28 Dec 2011
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Wow, wish I would have read this when I was younger. Christianity is left naked after an analysis like this
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