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5.0 out of 5 stars Nourishment for the mind, 11 Mar. 2008
This review is from: The Portable Atheist: Essential Readings for the Non-Believer (Paperback)
An absolutely dazzling work. As a recovering Christian I am actively seeking out the thoughts of the great secularists down through the ages.
Particular highlights for me were the writings of Mark Twain on the Church's position on slavery, and also a remarkable deconstruction of every Christian argument regarding morality and God by Elizabet Anderson. Its one of those books that I'd love my wife and my Christian friends to read. Sadly, the bubble of false consolation and cognitive bias appears overwhelmingly strong. My experience tells me that the only evidence that Christians can cope with is Christian evidence. A truly impartial assesment of the available evidence from both sides seems a pose a real challenge to them.
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Initial post: 1 Nov 2008 11:06:22 GMT
Rhys Gudgin says:
Very impressed with your articulate and touching review.

Posted on 16 Jun 2009 22:28:47 BDT
A. J. Davies says:
Ditto. Good luck with the wife. I have the same wish, but the 'need' to be 'watched over' seems to be pretty strong. Not surprising giving the Italian Catholic indoctrination she recieved as a child. Is it just me, or does anyone else consider this to be child abuse?

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Jul 2009 18:44:28 BDT
Yes, I do believe that teaching of religion to a child so that that child is haunted forever and afraid to consider any other viewpoint constitutes as child abuse. I agree with both Mr Davies and Mr Gudgin that Mr Barnes's review is intelligent, striking a chord. There should be a website for recovering Xtians.... in the meantime, a book like this may do.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Aug 2009 15:06:34 BDT
L. Brooks says:
Of course. Richard Dawkins would agree too (see The God Delusion).

Posted on 16 Aug 2009 10:47:56 BDT
Rob, you are not alone. We, the great uncounted, unaknowledged, unloved atheists triumph in our everyday life as we define our existence based on our own rational terms. We need apologise or explain ourselves to no one.
How wonderful it is to draw one's values, morality and ethics from the great masters of literature rather than from that barbaric coercive fairy tale aka the Bible.
It seems incredible that otherwise sensible people prostrate themselves before that Middle eastern mumbo-jumbo.
Your review exhibited the kind of sensitive intelligence that I like to think marks a true atheist.

Posted on 12 Sep 2009 13:50:23 BDT
renounce your god, find a new one, renounce the new one, find another new one, and eventually mabey we realise that belief in god or atheism is still dualistic, and what i just wrote is still just an opinion

Posted on 28 Oct 2009 12:41:34 GMT
God is a simple idea for simple people to deal with the complexities of life and death. If you need such a convoluted fairy tale for a moral compass then you need to ask yourself, why am I here. Of all the people in the world, it is religious folk that make me wonder why they are here. Sky fairies are for idiots who think that they are better than others by virtue of faith in a story that has no basis in fact. Also Jesus is Horus and Mo was a schizo fiddler.

As for the meaning of life...dognose.

RT

In reply to an earlier post on 25 May 2010 02:59:53 BDT
Dawkins actually devotes a whole chapter in 'God's Delusion' to demonstrate how children are abused by religion - in many ways.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 May 2010 02:59:54 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 21 Jul 2010 13:43:18 BDT
I'm not alone!!! As a recovering Christian and posessor of a Theology MA I need this book. The reviews and comments here have been a great help.
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