Customer Review

14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Answers all my 'prayers', 20 Dec 2012
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Atheist responses to religious arguments (UPDATED) (Kindle Edition)
An excellent book which deals with pretty well all the arguments I've encountered, and a few that I have yet to be presented with. I imagine that this will be the case with almost everyone who reads it - and it's written in a very readable style.

I am by nature a nitpicker, but I can find very little which I would change or add to this book. However, a note explaining how unintelligent an 'intelligent designer' would be - Richard Dawkins and Jerry Coyle both like the recurrent laryngeal nerve in the giraffe, or even ourselves as an example.

It has got to the point where I almost welcome doorstep evangelists, especially of 'The Bible is the word of God, and is therefore true' variety. Get them to agree that it follows that if the Bible is not true, it cannot be the word of God, and use something from this book. Alternatively, use the fact that the nativity stories in Matthew(M) and Luke(L) are almost completely contradictory. If you do not have a Bible handy, it goes like this.

Joseph was 'of the line of David' through Solomon(M) or Nathan(L). After a total of 28(M) or 41(L) generations, his father was Jacob(M) or Heli(L). After the birth, wise men(M) or shepherds(L) attended, and then there was a flight to Egypt, to avoid the massacre of the innocents, then heading back to Jerusalem, after being told that it was safe, then being told that it was not safe, (was this some kind of joke?) and turning aside to Nazareth - i.e. not their point of origin(M). OR, back to Jerusalem for the rites of purification, and then back to Nazareth, which was their point of origin.(L).

At this point,fundamentalists often try to employ diversion tactics. Incidentally, the period of purification for a woman who has given birth to a girl is twice that for boy. Doubly disgusting.

I agree with FB that you will (almost) never get a 'believer' to change their views, but I hope that I may have sown the first seeds of uncertainty, and who knows?

Well done, Frank Butcher, I've really enjoyed reading this book, and thank you.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No

[Add comment]
Post a comment
To insert a product link use the format: [[ASIN:ASIN product-title]] (What's this?)
Amazon will display this name with all your submissions, including reviews and discussion posts. (Learn more)
Name:
Badge:
This badge will be assigned to you and will appear along with your name.
There was an error. Please try again.
Please see the full guidelines ">here.

Official Comment

As a representative of this product you can post one Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
The following name and badge will be shown with this comment:
 (edit name)
After clicking on the Post button you will be asked to create your public name, which will be shown with all your contributions.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.  Learn more
Otherwise, you can still post a regular comment on this review.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
 
System timed out

We were unable to verify whether you represent the product. Please try again later, or retry now. Otherwise you can post a regular comment.

Since you previously posted an Official Comment, this comment will appear in the comment section below. You also have the option to edit your Official Comment.   Learn more
The maximum number of Official Comments have been posted. This comment will appear in the comment section below.   Learn more
Prompts for sign-in
 

Comments

Tracked by 2 customers

Sort: Oldest first | Newest first
Showing 1-10 of 19 posts in this discussion
Initial post: 6 Jun 2013 16:02:05 BDT
D. S. Sample says:
Good review , I am currently reading God's Problem: How the Bible Fails to Answer Our Most Important Question--why We Suffer you may enjoy this .

Posted on 4 Dec 2013 12:33:30 GMT
"Alternatively, use the fact that the nativity stories in Matthew(M) and Luke (L) are almost completely contradictory."

They are supposed to be!

I suppose you would say that an original version of a song (like "Enter Sandman") and an accoustic version are not the same song, even if they are performed in different keys! Metalica would disagree; they would still demand the royalties for any cover version!

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Dec 2013 13:00:34 GMT
D. S. Sample says:
Are Metallica your favourite pop group hp ?

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Dec 2013 13:35:47 GMT
D.S. Sample:
"Metallica... pop group"

Now you're almost being blasphemous!

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Dec 2013 17:52:00 GMT
D. S. Sample says:
Are they not on one of those " that's what I call music " compilations ?

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Dec 2013 09:46:56 GMT
D.S. Sample:

"Are they not on one of those " that's what I call music " compilations ?"

Now you're thinking of Pantera and Half Man Half Biscuit.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Dec 2013 09:56:57 GMT
D. S. Sample says:
Oh right , I don't know anything about Metallica if I passed them on the street I wouldn't recognise them .But I'm sure they have their merits , .... Probably

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Dec 2013 11:32:16 GMT
D.S. Sample:

".But I'm sure they [Metallica] have their merits , .... Probably"

Interesting... but how does all this promote Darwinism?

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Dec 2013 12:31:13 GMT
D. S. Sample says:
Well I would say evolution affects every aspect of our lives , I'm not always sure about the term 'Darwinism' as he only reported the evidence , what he reported had obviously had been in progress from the start of life , all things that had happened in the progress of live has lead to this moment , if there had been a slightest change in any event Metallica may not of been here . I would say that the promotion of Darwins observations is all here now , even though it has taken a rather abstract conversational aspect , still it proves that we are thinking & that can only be a good thing .

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Dec 2013 06:41:08 GMT
D.S. Sample:

"I would say that the promotion of Darwins observations is all here now"

The promotion of Darwinism would ensure a fairer, more just society, and that cannot happen without consequences!
‹ Previous 1 2 Next ›

Review Details

Item

Reviewer


Top Reviewer Ranking: 62,258