Has anyone read 'A manual for creating atheists'?
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27-01-2014, 09:36 PM
Has anyone read 'A manual for creating atheists'?
I was listening to an old podcast of Seth's and the author Peter Boghossian was on and mentioned his book. I really dislike the title but I was curious about the book. I'm only on Chapter 4 but I'm not too sure about this book.
Has anyone else read this? Was it worth reading?
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27-01-2014, 09:41 PM
RE: Has anyone read 'A manual for creating atheists'?
1. Have unprotected sex
2. Wait around nine months
3. Have baby if you're a woman/Wait outside smoking cigars and patting yourself on the back if you're a man
4. Don't teach resulting offspring ignorant shit

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27-01-2014, 09:43 PM
RE: Has anyone read 'A manual for creating atheists'?
Didn't bother finishing it as atheism isn't a religion that needs evangelizing. Basically this book gives Christians a reason to call atheism a religion.

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27-01-2014, 09:45 PM
RE: Has anyone read 'A manual for creating atheists'?
There have been a couple of threads on this, happy reading! Thumbsup

http://www.thethinkingatheist.com/forum/...heist-book
http://www.thethinkingatheist.com/forum/...sts--22369
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27-01-2014, 09:49 PM
RE: Has anyone read 'A manual for creating atheists'?
I've read it. It's a good book with good material and a significant point to make. My biggest gripe about it was that it was a bit padded.
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27-01-2014, 11:01 PM
RE: Has anyone read 'A manual for creating atheists'?
(27-01-2014 09:36 PM)Noelani Wrote:  I was listening to an old podcast of Seth's and the author Peter Boghossian was on and mentioned his book. I really dislike the title but I was curious about the book. I'm only on Chapter 4 but I'm not too sure about this book.
Has anyone else read this? Was it worth reading?

I sure hope this manual deosn't involve clay, and ribs, and talking snakes. I'm getting tired of people claiming that shit is in some kind of manual.

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27-01-2014, 11:51 PM
RE: Has anyone read 'A manual for creating atheists'?
(27-01-2014 11:01 PM)toadaly Wrote:  
(27-01-2014 09:36 PM)Noelani Wrote:  I was listening to an old podcast of Seth's and the author Peter Boghossian was on and mentioned his book. I really dislike the title but I was curious about the book. I'm only on Chapter 4 but I'm not too sure about this book.
Has anyone else read this? Was it worth reading?

I sure hope this manual deosn't involve clay, and ribs, and talking snakes. I'm getting tired of people claiming that shit is in some kind of manual.

Clay? That's the Koran. I think you mean dirt.
Oh, but don't forget the talking donkeys or else Balaam will be talking to himself and he'll look a little crazy.
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28-01-2014, 02:29 AM
RE: Has anyone read 'A manual for creating atheists'?
see my 1st comment and posted here summary of 2nd

http://www.thethinkingatheist.com/forum/...369?page=2


Peter Boghossian MFCA would NOT be useful for:

1. The Bayesian Probability theists & Swinburne’s P-Inductive & C-Inductive type Arguments (a sophisticated advanced religious philosopher)

2. The presuppositionalists apologists - can be simplistic sounding but "tricky" arguments eg Michael A. Robinson type. (a word dance than might drive you crazy)

3. Theists from highly intellectual traditions - some of these systems can be highly advanced and have a large volume of literature which just calling them blind epistemologists is a ridiculous oversimplification. (eg Jews familiar with guide the perplexed by Maimonides & huge depth of Talmudic debates or muslims engaging in rigorous style of Al Ghazali & some of the medieval philosophers. Whilst ultimately these religious theologies may be incorrect you need a MUCH more robust approach than accusing them of blind faith belief !!!

4: Highly emotive theists: "debate" is pointless ! Weeping

5: People claiming some sort of overwhelming divine experience whether genuine, psychotic or believed with utter conviction after habitual repetition ???

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David Hume


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28-01-2014, 06:30 AM
RE: Has anyone read 'A manual for creating atheists'?
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