Is there really a God? Or does God exist only in our heads?
Is the Bible truly God's Word? Or is it a jumble of fanciful myths?
Atheist Universe details why God is unnecessary to explain the universe's diversity, organization, and beauty. Using simple, straightforward logic, this audiobook rebuts every argument that claims to "prove" God's existence.
A comprehensive primer for countering today's religious dogma, Atheist Universe addresses all the historical and scientific questions, including:
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Really good discussion of current theistic beliefs and their rebuttals. The first chapter was my favorite, but it was entertaining and enlightening throughout.
"Science trumps magical thinking"
Creationist believe silly things based on nothing but intuition and a belief system based on their revealed religion. Even among themselves they will argue about the placement of a comma and will accept what a book written thousands of years ago says over what science, common sense, reason, empirical data and rational thought processes show to be true.
It's incredible that people still reject the fact of evolution (the fossil record exist regardless of what people falsely may believe) and the Theory of Evolution provides the narrative for the explanation of the appearance of design around us. I recently went to a fundamentalist church and the church took it as given the literal truth of Noah's flood and how it explained everything the congregation needed to know about evolution. Yes, there are churches where people actually do believe those kind of things, and books like this one are needed to correct those silly beliefs.
What the book does mostly is show how much funner it is to rely on complicated thought processes to understand than it is to just assume the truth has been revealed to man through magical means and that the same magic never allowed for errors in the translations through millenniums. Give me a world with doubt any day, over a world with certain knowledge based on 2000 year old books. Science only shows things to be less false, but always fascinates. Certainty leads to no growth because nothing else is needed for understanding.
The author goes beyond science and examines what it really means to believe in a holy book such as the bible. He's got a good chapter on "hell" and why it just makes no sense. I would recommend one of my favorite books that dealt with that similar theme and used that as a central character the memoir of Jerry Dewitt "Hope After Faith". It was his non acceptance of hell that led him out of his journey from a Pentecostal Preacher ultimately to an atheist. And does having some one else dying for your sins really make any sense?
I would recommend this as the best book I've read for a fundamentalist who is starting to doubt the revealed truths she's been hearing on Sundays and has started to realize that there is such a thing as science which can explain our place in the universe better than a book which documents a world wide flood and claims animals must come from their 'kind' thus completely rejecting the Theory of Evolution before it was proposed.
I preferred Richard Carrier's book "Sense and Goodness without God" slightly more than this book, but I would rank this book slightly higher for those who haven't read hundreds of science books because this book is definitely less rigorous and more accessible.
"1 of the best atheist books I've read"
And I've read around 35 atheist books. This is in the top 5. Well thought out. Very inspiring, and critical thought provoking.
"Strong logical arguments"
I found it interesting to realize that this book was one of the first popular books to thoroughly and unabashedly lay out the arguments against theism (specifically Christianity) when it came out in 2004. And as the author points out it was the best selling book on atheism on Amazon for several years until Dawkins's "The God Delusion" came out in 2006. What a short time ago and yet so much progress for atheism has taken place since then and Mills therefore deserves at least some credit for helping to raise the credibility and exposure of the arguments that are becoming part of the discourse. There is not much here that can't be found elsewhere (much produced since this book was published) but he presents the arguments in clear and understandable terms with examples, analogies and metaphors. Like many of the popular atheist authors he clearly uses the book as a platform to launch attacks on individuals who sit on the opposite side of the argument. I never find this constructive and he at times miss construes the points of fundamentalist opening himself up to criticism for use of strawmen. For example his assertion that their only concern for pornography is for youth (vs. also for married people). These quibbles aside, this is a great book for someone looking to get up to speed on a wide range of atheist views particularly if you are looking for very logically structured method (lots of numbered lists of points) versus the conversational style of others like Harris and Hitchens.
"Terrific, clear, and compelling"
David Mills has put together a wonderful book articulating the atheist position. It is mostly about challenging Intelligent Design, but there are several chapters arguing against typical Christian orthodoxy that are very well put together. In the introduction, Mills stresses how much time he spends making his writing clear, concise, and free of jargon and it shows. It is a very tightly organized and efficient book. He covers more in his book than ones twice as long. It also puts him in a solid position to criticize ID and Creation Science advocates for writing in very convoluted ways in order to sound more scientific.
The narrator was quite good, though there were a few mispronunciations that stood out, but didn't detract from the overall message.
Also, Mills spends a fair bit of time criticizing Christian Fundamentalists and frequently lumps them in with overall Christian believers. He lives in the southern US so I have no doubt a large percentage of Christians are fundamentalists. Out here in the more liberal West we don't see that many and the Christians are much more "reasonable", but the overall arguments are very sound regardless.
If you are interested in this kind of book, I definitely would add this to your reading list next to Dawkins and Harris.
Covers most arguments and move my Richard Dawkins' atheist scale from 6.0 to 6.9. Only if this book can be a required reading in Churches then we may have a different and a better world.
In the Audio book version I believe there is a mistake in Indian ocean tsunami dates. It should be 26 Dec 2004 and not 26 Dec 2006 I think I heard.
"Great content, mediocre delivery"
I really enjoyed the approach this author took to his subject matter. It was well researched and updated from its original release. I would definitely purchase additional titles by him. My only complaint, and it's a minor one, is the inability of the narrator to pronounce several words correctly. There were several "nails on the blackboard" moments that could have been avoided. All in all, a great book.
"Smally is awesome"
Smally is one of the best readers we have on audible...The only person I enjoy listening to more is Christopher Hitchens when he reads his own books .... R.I.P.
"Worst recording ever"
Great book, but the voice over person sucks. Imagine someone doing a poor impression of a cheesy disc jockey introducing love songs on the overnight shift, that's how this guy sounds.
if you are to listen to any atheistic book let this be your first, it introduces ideas in a fresh new way and beautifully introduces you to the world and the overarching dialogue taking place in the secular and atheistic landscape.
I loved this book. I feel that it'll proving awesome ammunition when debating looney theists
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