A Manual for Creating Atheists by Peter Boghossian

By Peter Boghossian

For millions of years, the devoted have honed proselytizing suggestions and talked humans into believing the reality of 1 holy e-book or one other. certainly, the trustworthy frequently view changing others as a duty in their faith--and are educated from an early age to unfold their detailed model of faith. the result's a global damaged largely by means of unquestioned religion. As an urgently wanted counter to this tried-and-true culture of spiritual evangelism, A guide for developing Atheists bargains the first-ever consultant no longer for conversing humans into faith--but for speaking them out of it. Peter Boghossian attracts at the instruments he has built and used for greater than two decades as a thinker and educator to educate the way to interact the devoted in conversations that may support them price cause and rationality, forged doubt on their non secular ideals, distrust their religion, abandon superstition and irrationality, and finally include cause.

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If pressed further, the believer will either respond with deepities or with a somewhat different version of “why” they continue to believe despite a lack of evidence. This entrenched position results in a cycle of indefinite repetition. My sense is that those who use meaningless words to protect their emotional ties to faith are engaging in selfdeception. ) The emotional satisfaction of religious belief vitally depends upon the beliefs being taken literally; the epistemic defense of such beliefs crucially depends on taking them nonliterally.

For example, approximately a third of North Americans think the Bible is divinely inspired, and more than half think it’s the actual word of God (Jones, 2011). It’s a common belief among Americans that angels or spirits guided the hands (depicted by Caravaggio’s 1602 “Saint Matthew and the Angel”), or whispered in the ear (seen in Rembrandt’s 1661 “The Evangelist Matthew Inspired by an Angel,” Giovanni Girolamo Savoldo’s 1534 “Saint Matthew and the Angel,” and Guido Reni’s 1640 “St Matthew and the Angel”), of the Gospel writers.

I’m willing to change my mind if I’m presented with compelling evidence for the existence of a God or gods. I can understand why many theists consider belief a part of their identity, as they often claim that they’re unwilling to change their minds. One may be more likely to consider something a part of one’s identity if it’s not subject to change. 9. In an e-mail I asked American physicist and bestselling author Dr. Victor Stenger where he places himself on the Dawkins’ God Scale. Vic replied, “8.

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