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Why I Am Not a Christian: Four Conclusive Reasons to Reject the Faith Audio Download – Unabridged

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  • Listening Length: 1 hour and 50 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Pitchstone Publishing
  • Audible.co.uk Release Date: 6 Sept. 2012
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0096R25PG
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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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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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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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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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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. Carrier dispatches Christian faith to the dustbing in short but sweet chapters...
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A powerful and concise argument against faith. Brilliantly clear and crushingly direct...perhaps he should join the horsemen.
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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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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." Apparently, this is what many Christians tell Richard Carrier when they meet him. As well as being monumentally rude, it's obviously not true (like so much else of what they say). Here, he answers insult with reason, and gives a short, pared-down account of the real reasons he is not a Christian. Whereas in his other books (also highly recommended) he does not stint on scholarly reference to back up his arguments, this is more personal, with only a short bibliography for further reading (including Jesus Interrupted and The Christian Delusion). The titles of the four main chapters capture the salient points: God Is Silent, God Is Inert, Wrong Evidence, Wrong Universe. Each alone is enough to reject Christianity. Taken together, the miracle is why anyone remains a Christian.

"It should be indisputably clear what God wants us to do, and what he doesn't want us to do." So why are the Gospels disputed? (Witness the endless wrangling over not only the meaning of the Bible but what the text actually is; see, for example, Misquoting Jesus.) Why does the New Testament contain forgeries? (See, for example, Forged.
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