You've probably heard of a few of God's killings. Noah's Flood, Sodom and Gomorrah, David and Goliath, maybe. But there are over 150 others that are unknown to pretty much everyone, believer and nonbeliever alike.
If the "Horrible Histories" series ever did the bible this would be the end result. It's literally that. "Horrible Israelites" perhaps? No? OK then...
Part 1 of Godless, "Rejecting God", tells the story of how I moved from devout preacher to atheist and beyond. Part 2, "Why I Am an Atheist", presents my philosophical reasons for unbelief. Part 3, "What's Wrong with Christianity", critiques the bible (its reliability as well as its morality) and the historical evidence for Jesus. Part 4, "Life Is Good!", comes back to my personal story, taking a case to the United States Supreme Court, dealing with personal trauma, and experiencing the excitement of Adventures in Atheism.
Because any amount of feminism is too much feminism. There are points when I feel like the author has merely exchanged one puritanical faith for another.
For all the thousands of books that have been written about religion, few until this one have attempted to examine it scientifically: to ask why - and how - it has shaped so many lives so strongly. Is religion a product of blind evolutionary instinct or rational choice? Is it truly the best way to live a moral life? Ranging through biology, history, and psychology, Daniel C. Dennett charts religion’s evolution from “wild” folk belief to “domesticated” dogma.
"In general, the world would be a better place if people shared more truths and believed fewer falsehoods. That's why we have education and public-information campaigns and newspapers and so forth. There are exceptions—strategic secrets, for instance, cases where I believe something and am grateful that nobody else shares my belief."
"The physicist Paul Davies (2004) has recently defended the view that belief in free will is so important that it may be "a fiction worth maintaining." It is interesting that he doesn't seem to think that his own discovery of the awful truth (what he takes to be the awful truth) incapacitates him morally, but believes that others, more fragile than he, will need to be protected from it."
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What are the arguments for and against religion and religious belief - all of them - right across the range of reasons and motives that people have for being religious, and do they stand up to scrutiny? Can there be a clear, full statement of these arguments that once and for all will show what is at stake in this debate? Equally important: what is the alternative to religion as a view of the world and a foundation for morality?
While this book gives a good overview of Humanism and it's arguments for anyone who is interested, it's optimism regarding the ability of Atheism, Humanism and Secularism to unite the world where religion has divided, belies an author blissfully or perhaps wilfully ignorant of Atheism+ and Social Justice, or of the various Communist revolutions for that matter. These unfortunate movements represent a living, breathing argument against his position that I do not feel he sufficiently addressed within the text.
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Sparked by a provocative comment to BigThink.com last fall, and fueled by a highly controversial debate with Creation Museum curator Ken Ham, Bill Nye's campaign to confront the scientific shortcoming of creationism has exploded in just a few months into a national crusade.
Bill Nye is funny and charming as always but if you are interested in this subject I would recommend reading a book by a scientist rather than an engineer and TV personality. Read Dawkins.
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You think you know about Islam. But, did you know that Islam teaches that Muslims must wage war to impose Islamic law on non-Muslim states, or that American Muslim groups are engaged in a huge cover-up of Islamic doctrine? These and other "politically incorrect" facts are revealed by Robert Spencer in The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades).
An alternative to the mainstream narrative regarding Islam and the Crusades. It is primarily aimed at Christian Americans, and in some cases I think it goes to far in it's defence of the Bible and Christians, and it's vilification of Islam. It is however worth reading this book as many of it's points are legitimate and well argued, and it is refreshing to hear a point of view that is normally silenced in the bulk of traditional media.
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In The Truth about Muhammad, New York Times best-selling author and Islam expert Robert Spencer offers an honest and telling portrait of the founder of Islam � perhaps the first such portrait in half a century � unbounded by fear and political correctness, unflinching, and willing to face the hard facts about Muhammad's life that continue to affect our world today.
I've read the Koran and this book isn't wrong. A red pill for those who want it.
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For the first time in 65 years, a modern, easy to understand, truly complete and uncensored edition of Mein Kampf has been released which reveals more than any past translation. This is also the first translation available in an English language audio format. Older translations altered passages, omitted passages, mistranslated Hitler's words, and made some parts more sensational while concealing the true meaning in other parts of the book.
At the start of this translation we are told, more or less, that it isn't all about racism and killing Jews. Honestly I have to disagree. Long sceptical of the official or commonly received narrative I was actually surprised to find that most of it is, in fact, when you get right down to it, all about racism and killing Jews. In each chapter the Fuhrer grumbles about something he considers wrong with the world, and finishes each chapter by reminding us that is is, of course, all the fault of the Jews. Antisemitism is a common theme throughout the book which Hitler returns to with great frequency. In one chapter, he complains about communism, and blames it on the Jews, in another, the economy, and blames it on the Jews. The first chapter is perhaps the most surprising. He details his own theory of propaganda, then tells the reader that if they find such methods distasteful, they should bear in mind that of course Jews invented it, and he is really just using their own weapons against them. He also talks in this chapter about the need to make it look as if all your enemies are just one enemy, so as not to make your followers feel overwhelmed, or as if they might be in the wrong if so many other groups disagree with them. This is almost a tacit admission, right at the start of the book, that he is just using Jews for this very purpose, as a scape goat. It also seems odd to open a propagandising book with a chapter that tells you all the techniques that are about to be used on you. I'm inclined to agree with historian William L. Shirer that if every German who diligently bought Mein Kampf, and made Hitler a millionaire in the process, had actually read it, he would not have come to power. I give this this book a high review because the translation was easy to understand, and explained obscure references to Wagnerian operas and other things the reader may be unfamiliar with. The book itself is not so impressive. It seems Hitlers skill as an author did not live up to his skill as an orator. Churchill said of Mein Kampf "It is the new Quran of war and politics. Verbose, turgid, yet pregnant with it's message." Having read both books I think this is unfair to Mein Kampf, it was not so much of a chore to get through, but not I think what convinced Germans to support him. You should not feel concerned about being brainwashed by this rather pedestrian book.
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Since its publication in 1960, William L. Shirer’s monumental study of Hitler’s German empire has been widely acclaimed as the definitive record of the 20th century’s blackest hours. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich offers an unparalleled and thrillingly told examination of how Adolf Hitler nearly succeeded in conquering the world. With millions of copies in print around the globe, it has attained the status of a vital and enduring classic.
Nazis sit alongside zombies pirates and sharks as things our culture is obsessed with. There are hundreds of documentaries, movies tv series and videogames about them. You probably think you understand them. That you have the basic gist. I thought so too. You probably learned about them breifly in school as I did. She short version is that they were evil. The problem is that's the only version all the books movies documentaries etc. give you. Except this book. The long version is that they were evil and... and you have to read this book to get the rest.
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A bold and all-embracing exploration of the nature and progress of knowledge from one of today's great thinkers. Throughout history, mankind has struggled to understand life's mysteries, from the mundane to the seemingly miraculous. In this important new book, David Deutsch, an award-winning pioneer in the field of quantum computation, argues that explanations have a fundamental place in the universe.
A sometimes difficult book that helps to explain how science works, and why it does. My favourite chapter is an ancient Greek philosopher having a conversation with a god, because this is where most of the difficult concepts fall into place, and because it reads a bit like Terry Pratchet :P The rest of the book is heavy philosophical reasoning, with each chapter building on what has been explained in the previous.