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Why I Am Not a Christian: Four Conclusive Reasons to Reject the Faith

Why I Am Not a Christian: Four Conclusive Reasons to Reject the Faith [Kindle Edition]

Richard Carrier
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Dr. Richard Carrier, world renowned philosopher and historian, explains the four reasons he does not accept the Christian religion, describing four facts of the world that, had they been different, he would believe. He is brief, clear, and down to earth, covering the whole topic in under ninety pages of easy-to-read explanation. Those four reasons are God's silence, God's inaction, the lack of evidence, and the way the universe looks exactly like a godless universe would, and not at all like a Christian universe would, even down to its very structure. Dr. Carrier addresses all the usual replies to these claims, in ways you might not have heard before, relying on his wide experience in debating and studying these issues all over the world for more than fifteen years. A perfect book to introduce yourself, or your friends, to why fewer educated people are embracing Christianity than ever before. Ideal for handing out to door-to-door missionaries.

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Richard Carrier is the renowned author of Sense and Goodness without God and Not the Impossible Faith, as well as numerous articles online and in print. He received his Ph.D. in ancient history from Columbia University in 2008, and now specializes in the modern philosophy of naturalism, the origins of Christianity, and the intellectual history of Greece and Rome. For more about him and his work visit

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1456588850
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  • Publisher: Philosophy Press (28 Feb 2011)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent piece by Carrier 24 Jun 2014
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This is a worthwhile insertion to your reading list or as a gift to just about anyone.

The courtroom analogy is not new to me. Often "The Atheist Experience" (Google it - and Carrier, Robert E Price, Michael Shermer etc too), presenters refer to it, but Richard Carrier applies it with renewed vigour and an insight that rewarded the purchase.

Carrier is a fine representative of historians and thinkers who continue to invest large proportions of their waking hours in scrutinising the documents and circumstance of religions' claims, origins, heirarchies and 'philosophies.' Their work is of huge service to out and closet atheists alike. It will be built upon as other 'biblical scholars' either enter that endeavour without the constraints of a religious institution's patronage or experience liberations like Dan Barker's or Jerry DeWitt's (Google The Clergy Project) .

Why would I buy this as a gift? Because my late wife was in her forties before she overcame the fear of religious reactions to Coming Out. These few pages would have emboldened and comforted her far sooner than the time spent realising that my atheist badges and challenging St Preachers did not result in me being harmed. Go on: treat yourself and someone else, too.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous!! 24 Jan 2012
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This book, although short, is one of the best things that I've read. Yes, really.
It is so overwhelmingly compelling in its argument that it seems impossible that any intelligent Christian could read it and not have their illusions shattered.
Of course, none will read it and the author is pushing against an open door with me, but unlike almost every "God / No god" argument that I've read, this one is so powerful, so dispassionate and so well argued that it's hard to imagine anyone disagreeing with it!
I can't recommend it highly enough.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 4 Jun 2014
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... and succinct.

A well-reasoned summary of the primary arguments for disbelief.

Whilst I immensely respect (and agree with) Dawkins, his perspective from "pure scientific reason" can be alienating, whereas Carrier was a former believer and provides a different insight.

'Nuff Said
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars God does not exist QED 1 May 2012
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An excellent little book from Richard Carrier
Argued in a compelling, logical, persuasive way, it is inexorable.
He says there are four main reasons he cannot be a Christian and many smaller ones.
However if the four main ones were to be removed, he would convert there and then.
He then goes on to set up a logical argument for each one, using first an example set at human level before raising it to the level of God and then showing that it doesn't work.
His logic is inescapable, and he anticipates the "yes but" answers of believers who will try to say you can't do this sort of thing where God is concerned.
Brilliantly clever and highly recommended
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2.0 out of 5 stars Predictable language... 18 Sep 2014
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I would recommend this book to anyone investigating the bankruptcy of unbelief. The more you read books by atheists like Richard Carrier, the more you realize how words like 'evidence', 'objectivity', and (the all time favourite) 'reason' crop up with tedious regularity. In fact, these guys make an idol out of it. The dilemma for Carrier is that he is going against the grain. Human beings are inherently homo religiosus. No attempts at cold logic are going to change that. There are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in his philosophy. For something far more liberating, read Tom (N.T.) Wright. He'll tap into the eternity that God has set in our hearts, and therefore engage the heart as well as the mind.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Short, concise, easy to understand. 15 Feb 2013
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Richard Carrier does not have the dynamic flair of a Harris or a Hitchens, but he does a fair job of pointing out the endless flaws in Christian theology.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Common sense resurrected 24 Sep 2012
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Richard Carrier makes a lot of good points in this book. He is trying to show that the supernatual realm imagined by the Bible writers is not real.
I like that Richard asks how would you expect a perfectly good, loving God to behave. What would you expect a caring God to do ? Carrier notes on p23 that the Bible writers have Jesus say the good idea, " Love your neighbour ", which is universally agreed to mean giving your neighbour what he needs, helping him when he is hurt or in trouble, giving him what he has earned & taking nothing from him that he has not given you, giving water to the thirsty and protecting children from harm. Bible scholar Robert M. Price in his super book, " Deconstructing Jesus " shows how ideas like that as well as being listed in the O.T. had been written by earlier philosphers. The good rules of thumb existed before Christianity and will still hold good after present religions have faded to fables.

Maybe this book is a wee bit black and white about things, depending on your interpretation. C.S. Lewis had written his own Bible by imagining a perfectly good , loving God / Heavenly Father who wants people to act in a caring way to their neighbour. A God who takes us to a happily ever after. A God who is against crime and abuse and who threatens punishment to deter people from hurting others but is willing to forgive mistakes and offer friendship to anyone who truly turns from destructive behaviour & makes a pledge to be civilized. Who could be against that ? Richard shows how the Bible writers in their attempts to explain why there is suffering in the world have made up stories about God that make him sound cruel. But then many cruel things do happen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Carrier strikes at the heart of Christianity
This book is a must for all who are interested in counter apologetics especially the kind that focuses on Christianity. Superbly written in an easy to read format. Read more
Published 10 months ago by william
5.0 out of 5 stars An absentee mom
There will be some uncharitable readers who will find the answer they're looking for in the very first sentence and stop right there: "I'm cognitively defective. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Sphex
1.0 out of 5 stars Pseudo-theology at best!
This book fails to deliver on its promise. Whilst it most certainly does describe why Richard Carrier is not a Christian it fails to give any "conclusive reasons" for rejecting the... Read more
Published 18 months ago by M. Rundle
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
As an agnositic I had hoped to hear something new. It was the same old arguements put in a far better context by other authors.
Published 19 months ago by J. Shanks
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read.
This book is sheer brilliance. It explains vividly why the universe does not need a God or religion to exist. And it does so without resorting to heavy scientific jargon.
Published 20 months ago by peter morris hanley
4.0 out of 5 stars Improving my knowledge on how religion lets believers down
I am a non believer of all supernatural ideas and cannot understand why religious credulity persists. I agree that religious people generally do not wish to discuss their beliefs. Read more
Published 21 months ago by C. K. Letts
2.0 out of 5 stars Dull
Gave up on this after a fee chapters due to the tone of the author. I didn't find his argument convincing and if I did believe in god ( I don't) then he wouldn't have convinced me... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Old, Talentless & White
2.0 out of 5 stars Inconclusive
I was a Christian before reading this, and I still am. This book boils down to Carrier's personal expectations about God being unfulfilled. Read more
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