Foundational Falsehoods of Creationism

Foundational Falsehoods of Creationism Author Aron Ra
ISBN-10 9781634310796
Year 2016-10-01
Pages 440
Language en
Publisher Pitchstone Publishing (US&CA)
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Religious fundamentalists and biblical literalists present any number of arguments that attempt to disprove evolution. Those with a sympathetic ear often fail to critically examine these creationist claims, leading to an ill-informed public and, perhaps more troubling, ill-advised public policy. As Aron Ra makes clear, however, every single argument deployed by creationists in their attacks on evolution is founded on fundamental scientific, religious, and historical falsehoods–all of them. Among their most popular claims is that evolution is a religion, that there are no transitional species, that there are no beneficial mutations, and that supposedly sacred scripture is the infallible word of God. Yet, as the evidence and data plainly show, each of these claims is demonstrably and unequivocally false. There is simply no truth to creationism whatsoever, and the entire enterprise rests on a foundation of falsehoods. This book explains and exposes the worst of these lies, and should be read by all who honestly care about following the evidence no matter where it might lead in pursuit of the truth.

Sacred Cows

Sacred Cows Author Seth Andrews
ISBN-10 9781478749967
Year 2015-06-11
Pages 211
Language en
Publisher Outskirts Press
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Did you know God forbids the tying of shoelaces on Saturday? Or that humans emit an color aura which can only be discerned with a Third Eye? That bountiful harvest requires the flinging of a live goat from a church bell tower? That instead of wishing upon a star, we can wish upon a...cow? Well into the 21st century, our species continues to participate in beliefs and customs that seem more suited to the Bronze Age than the Information Age, some of which involve poisonous snakes, holy smoke, urine bubbles, crystals, tarot cards, aliens, costumed virgins and, of course, an offering plate. Join Seth Andrews for a random romp across the planet and a humorous look at some of humanity's sacred cows.

Unapologetic

Unapologetic Author John Loftus
ISBN-10 9781634311007
Year 2016-11-01
Pages 272
Language en
Publisher Pitchstone Publishing (US&CA)
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Just as intelligent design is not a legitimate branch of biology in public educational institutions, nor should the philosophy of religion be a legitimate branch of philosophy. So argues acclaimed author John W. Loftus in this forceful takedown of the very discipline in which he was trained. In his call for ending the philosophy of religion, he argues that, as it is presently being practiced, the main reason the discipline exists is to serve the faith claims of Christianity. Most of philosophy of religion has become little more than an effort to defend and rationalize preexisting Christian beliefs. If subjects such as biology, chemistry, physics, and geology are all taught without reference to faith-based supernatural forces as explanations, faith-based teachings should not be acceptable in this discipline either. While the book offers a fascinating study of the fallacies and flaws on which one whole field of study rests, it speaks to something much larger in the ongoing culture wars. By highlighting the stark differences between faith-based reasoning and evidence-based reasoning, Loftus presents vital arguments and lessons about the importance of critical thinking not only in all aspects of study but also in life. His conclusions and recommendations thus resonate far beyond the ivory towers and ivy-covered walls of academic institutions.

The Story of God

The Story of God Author Chris Matheson
ISBN-10 9781634310260
Year 2015-09-15
Pages 148
Language en
Publisher Pitchstone Publishing (US&CA)
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""Part Kurt Vonnegut, part Douglas Adams, but let's be honest, Matheson had me at 'Based on the Bible.'" --Dana Gould, comedian and writer" The Bible offers some clues to God's personality--he's alternately been called vindictive and just, bloodthirsty and caring, all-powerful and impotent, capricious and foresighted, and loving and hateful. But no one has ever fully explored why God might be such a figure of contrasts. Nor has anyone ever satisfactorily explained what guides his relationship not just with angels, the devil, and his son, but also with all of creation. Might he be completely misunderstood, a mystery even to himself? Might his behavior and actions toward humankind tell us much more about him than it does about us? Enter the mind of the creator of the universe, travel with him through the heavenly highs and hellish lows of his story, from Genesis to Revelation, to better understand his burdensome journey: being God isn't easy. After hearing his story--at times troubling and tragic but always hilarious in its absurdity and divine in its comedy--you'll never look at a miracle or catastrophe--or at our place in the universe, or God's--the same way again.

Scientists Confront Creationism

Scientists Confront Creationism Author Laurie R. Godfrey
ISBN-10 0393301540
Year 1984
Pages 324
Language en
Publisher W. W. Norton & Company
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An analysis of the battle between scientists and creationists over evolution presents a collection of authoritative arguments, based on scientific evidence, to refute the claims of creationism and demonstrate the validity of evolutionary theory

Why We Believe in God s

Why We Believe in God s Author J. Anderson Thomson
ISBN-10 9780984493234
Year 2011-06-01
Pages 144
Language en
Publisher Pitchstone Publishing (US&CA)
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In this groundbreaking volume, J. Anderson Thomson Jr., MD, and Clare Aukofer offer a succinct yet comprehensive study of how and why the human mind generates religious belief. Dr. Thomson, a highly respected practicing psychiatrist with credentials in forensic psychiatry and evolutionary psychology, methodically investigates the components and causes of religious belief in the same way any scientist would investigate the movement of astronomical bodies or the evolution of life over time - that is, as a purely natural phenomenon. Providing compelling evidence from psychology, the cognitive neurosciences, and related fields, he, with Ms. Aukofer, presents an easily accessible and exceptionally convincing case that god(s) were created by man - not vice versa. With this slim volume, Dr. Thomson establishes himself as a must-read thinker and leading voice on the primacy of reason and science over superstition and religion.

The Happy Atheist

The Happy Atheist Author P. Z. Myers
ISBN-10 9780307739803
Year 2014-05-06
Pages 190
Language en
Publisher Vintage Books
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The creator of the popular science blog, Pharyngula, presents a bitingly uproarious assessment of religious fanaticism that imparts his infectious disdain for such topics as creationism, biblical literalism and "intelligent design" theory.

Birds of Stone

Birds of Stone Author Luis M. Chiappe
ISBN-10 9781421420240
Year 2016-10-28
Pages 304
Language en
Publisher JHU Press
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Anyone interested in the history of life—from paleontologists to inquisitive birders—will find Birds of Stone an irresistible feast for the eyes and mind.

The Illusion of God s Presence

The Illusion of God s Presence Author John C. Wathey
ISBN-10 9781633880757
Year 2016-01-12
Pages 445
Language en
Publisher Prometheus Books
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An essential feature of religious experience across many cultures is the intuitive feeling of God's presence. More than any rituals or doctrines, it is this experience that anchors religious faith, yet it has been largely ignored in the scientific literature on religion. Starting with a vivid narrative account of the life-threatening hike that triggered his own mystical experience, biologist John Wathey takes the reader on a scientific journey to find the sources of religious feeling and the illusion of God's presence. His book delves into the biological origins of this compelling feeling, attributing it to innate neural circuitry that evolved to promote the mother-child bond. Dr. Wathey, a veteran neuroscientist, argues that evolution has programmed the infant brain to expect the presence of a loving being who responds to the child's needs. As the infant grows into adulthood, this innate feeling is eventually transferred to the realm of religion, where it is reactivated through the symbols, imagery, and rituals of worship. The author interprets our various conceptions of God in biological terms as illusory supernormal stimuli that fill an emotional and cognitive vacuum left over from infancy. These insights shed new light on some of the most vexing puzzles of religion, like the popular belief in a god who is judgmental and punishing, yet also unconditionally loving; the extraordinary tenacity of faith; the greater religiosity of women relative to men; religious obsessions with sex; the mysterious compulsion to pray; the seemingly irrepressible feminine attributes of God, even in traditionally patriarchal religions; and the strange allure of cults. Finally, Dr. Wathey considers the hypothesis that religion evolved to foster reproductive success, arguing that, in an age of potentially ruinous overpopulation, magical thinking has become a luxury we can no longer afford, one that distracts us from urgent threats to our planet. Deeply researched yet elegantly written in a jargon-free and accessible style, this book presents a compelling interpretation of the evolutionary origins of spirituality and religion. From the Hardcover edition.

Caught in the Pulpit

Caught in the Pulpit Author Daniel C. Dennett
ISBN-10 9781634310222
Year 2015-05-01
Pages 280
Language en
Publisher Pitchstone Publishing (US&CA)
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What is it like to be a preacher or rabbi who no longer believes in God? In this expanded and updated edition of their groundbreaking study, Daniel C. Dennett and Linda LaScola comprehensively and sensitively expose an inconvenient truth that religious institutions face in the new transparency of the information age--the phenomenon of clergy who no longer believe what they publicly preach. In confidential interviews, clergy from across the ministerial spectrum--from liberal to literal--reveal how their lives of religious service and study have led them to a truth inimical to their professed beliefs and profession. Although their personal stories are as varied as the denominations they once represented, or continue to represent--whether Catholic, Baptist, Episcopalian, Methodist, Mormon, Pentecostal, or any of numerous others--they give voice not only to their own struggles but also to those who similarly suffer in tender and lonely silence. As this study poignantly and vividly reveals, their common journey has far-reaching implications not only for their families, their congregations, and their communities--but also for the very future of religion.

Born to Be Good The Science of a Meaningful Life

Born to Be Good  The Science of a Meaningful Life Author Dacher Keltner
ISBN-10 9780393073355
Year 2009-10-05
Pages 352
Language en
Publisher W. W. Norton & Company
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“A landmark book in the science of emotions and its implications for ethics and human universals.”—Library Journal, starred review In this startling study of human emotion, Dacher Keltner investigates an unanswered question of human evolution: If humans are hardwired to lead lives that are “nasty, brutish, and short,” why have we evolved with positive emotions like gratitude, amusement, awe, and compassion that promote ethical action and cooperative societies? Illustrated with more than fifty photographs of human emotions, Born to Be Good takes us on a journey through scientific discovery, personal narrative, and Eastern philosophy. Positive emotions, Keltner finds, lie at the core of human nature and shape our everyday behavior—and they just may be the key to understanding how we can live our lives better. Some images in this ebook are not displayed owing to permissions issues.

Deconverted

Deconverted Author Seth Andrews
ISBN-10 1478716568
Year 2012-12-01
Pages 196
Language en
Publisher Outskirts Press
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The author presents a memoir of his personal struggle and transformation from Christian to atheist along with his perspectives on Christian thought and beliefs.

Trusting Doubt

Trusting Doubt Author Valerie Ph. D. Tarico
ISBN-10 0977392937
Year 2010
Pages 282
Language en
Publisher Oracle Institute Press
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Most Evangelical Christians earnestly strive to worship the God of Love and Truth. But a belief that the Bible is literally perfect can put them in the odd position of defending falsehood, bigotry, and even violence. What do Evangelicals believe? And how do these beliefs subvert humanity's shared moral values, including the compassionate ministry of Jesus in the New Testament? Is the Good Book even good, given its historical inaccuracies, scientific impossibilities, and moral contradictions? Trusting Doubt answers all these questions and more. It also provides a clear picture of this variant of Christianity which has risen to political prominence at a spiritual cost. Raised in a staunch fundamentalist family and educated at Wheaton College home of the Billy Graham Center for Evangelicalism Valerie Tarico speaks as a former "insider." She offers alternative biblical, social, and scientific explanations that are compatible with contemporary Christianity, interfaith understanding, and non-theism. Gratefully, Tarico's unique voice as a former Evangelical provides a scholarly yet accessible path away from fundamentalism and toward spiritual clarity a journey based on logic, love, and the quest for truth. [Revised edition of: The Dark Side (c) 200

God The Most Unpleasant Character in All Fiction

God  The Most Unpleasant Character in All Fiction Author Daniel Barker
ISBN-10 1454918322
Year 2016-02-02
Pages 320
Language en
Publisher Sterling
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What words come to mind when we think of God? Merciful? Just? Compassionate? A former evangelical priest says the opposite is true. Delving deep into the Bible, Dan Barker uncovers the negative qualities we can ascribe to God: jealous, petty, unforgiving, bloodthirsty, vindictive and worse! Witty and well researched, this unique atheist book explains exactly why the Scripture shouldn t govern our everyday lives. Thought provoking and compelling, it makes a powerful argument for the separation of Church and State."