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The Christian Delusion: Why Faith Fails

The Christian Delusion: Why Faith Fails

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In this anthology of recent criticisms aimed at the reasonableness of Christian belief, a former evangelical minister and apologist, author of the critically acclaimed Why I Became an Atheist, has assembled fifteen outstanding articles by leading skeptics, expanding on themes introduced in his first book. Central is a defense of his "outsider test of faith," arguing that believers should test their faith with the same skeptical standards they use to evaluate the other faiths they reject, as if they were outsiders. Experts in medicine, psychology, and anthropology join Loftus to show why, when this test is applied to Christianity, it becomes very difficult to rationally defend. The book then demonstrates errors and superstitions throughout the Bible, exposes the immorality of the biblical God, and focuses on why it is unreasonable to believe that Jesus is the risen son of God. Finally, three popular Christian claims are dispatched. The contributors show why Christianity does not provide the basis for morality, atheism was not the reason Hitler murdered so many, and Christianity was not responsible for modern science. Collectively, these articles reveal that popular Christian beliefs tend to rely on ignorance of the facts. Drawing together experts in diverse fields, including Hector Avalos, Richard Carrier, David Eller, and Robert Price, this book deals a powerful blow against Christian faith.
In this anthology of recent criticisms aimed at the reasonableness of Christian belief, a former evangelical minister and apologist, author of the critically acclaimed Why I Became an Atheist, has assembled fifteen outstanding articles by leading skeptics, expanding on themes introduced in his first book. Central is a defense of his "outsider test of faith," arguing that believers should test their faith with the same skeptical standards they use to evaluate the other faiths they reject, as if they were outsiders. Experts in medicine, psychology, and anthropology join Loftus to show why, when this test is applied to Christianity, it becomes very difficult to rationally defend. The book then demonstrates errors and superstitions throughout the Bible, exposes the immorality of the biblical God, and focuses on why it is unreasonable to believe that Jesus is the risen son of God. Finally, three popular Christian claims are dispatched. The contributors show why Christianity does not provide the basis for morality, atheism was not the reason Hitler murdered so many, and Christianity was not responsible for modern science. Collectively, these articles reveal that popular Christian beliefs tend to rely on ignorance of the facts. Drawing together experts in diverse fields, including Hector Avalos, Richard Carrier, David Eller, and Robert Price, this book deals a powerful blow against Christian faith.

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Publish date: Apr 20, 2010
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This is a book of contributed papers, and as such is a work of varying quality and interest. Overall the book is well written and well edited, and not difficult to read, though the length does require a bit of time investment. Most of the authors are former Christians who have rejected belief in the face of reason. They are from diverse professional backgrounds, with theologians, philosophers, and historians being the key contributers. There is a lot of food for thought in this book, and for someone who is reasonably far along in their doubting, it might provide the impetus to move them over the edge to non-belief, but for the individual just starting that journey, it will be very easy to dismiss these arguments as just so much hand-waving. They are in many cases dealing with some of the more sophisticated aspects of the Christian arguments, and engaging with authors who have at least some pretense to intellectual rigor, and many of the topics deal with philosophical principles and logical arguments that might be difficult for someone who is not use to the langauge of academia. Overall, it is satisfying, though if you've read a lot on these topics, you may find there isn't a lot new. Still, there are a couple of truly valuable chapters even for the experienced doubter, particularly those written by Hector Avalos and Richard Carrier. Overall, I can recommend this book,. but not for the casual reader.
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