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4.0 out of 5 stars A good starting point, 12 Jun. 2005
This review is from: Atheist Universe (Paperback)
Mills' problem here is that he is (pardon the ironic pun) preaching to the converted. He admits this much himself. I am a lifelong atheist but had never read a book on the subject, so read this out of curiosity really. It clearly explains the standpoint of the intellectual, humanist, moralist, enlightened atheist. His particular bugbear is the Christian religion - understandable given that he lives in an America in which the far-right fundamentalist Christians are in the ascendancy and trying to rewrite the nation's secular/deist past. Even more interesting is the fact that he himself was once a committed Christian. To break such shackles in indeed unusual.
This book is not going to be read by the religious, or many committed atheists. I myself found that all the philosophical points he raises had occured independently to me without ever reading a book on the subject before - and that will I'm sure apply to most atheists.
My guess is that this book would be most productively read by agnostics or those liberal theists with enough open-mindedness to attempt to see the atheist's point of view. As for me, I found it a little lightweight, and a bit brief for the price. Mills writes clearly though, and for that he deserves credit.
"All thinking men are atheists." - Hemingway
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