By Peter Boghossian
For millions of years, the devoted have honed proselytizing techniques and talked humans into believing the reality of 1 holy ebook 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 targeted model of faith. the result's an international damaged largely via unquestioned religion. As an urgently wanted counter to this tried-and-true culture of non secular evangelism, A handbook for developing Atheists deals the first-ever consultant no longer for speaking humans into faith--but for speaking them out of it. Peter Boghossian attracts at the instruments he has built and used for greater than 20 years as a thinker and educator to coach the right way to have interaction the trustworthy in conversations that might support them worth cause and rationality, solid doubt on their spiritual ideals, distrust their religion, abandon superstition and irrationality, and eventually embody cause.
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We need to get our hands on it, pin it to the ground, and wrap a blanket around it so we can have something to latch onto before we finally and permanently subdue it. 2 Two Definitions of Faith The words we use are important. They can help us see clearly, or they can confuse, cloud, or obscure issues. 3 faith /f TH/ 1. Belief without evidence. “My definition of faith is that it’s a leap over the probabilities. It fills in the gap between what is improbable to make something more probable than not without faith.
James Randi The pretending-to-know-things-you-don’t-know pandemic hurts us all. Believing things on the basis of something other than evidence and reason causes people to misconstrue what’s good for them and what’s good for their communities. Those who believe on the basis of insufficient evidence create external conditions based upon what they think is in their best interest, but this is actually counterproductive. In the United States, for example, public policies driven by people who pretend to know things they don’t know continue to hurt people: abstinence-only sex education, prohibitions against gay marriage, bans on death with dignity, corporal punishment in schools, failure to fund international family planning organizations, and promoting the teaching of Creationism and other pseudosciences are but a few of the many misguided conclusions wrought by irrationality.
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A Manual for Creating Atheists by Peter Boghossian