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By Peter Boghossian

For millions of years, the trustworthy have honed proselytizing innovations and talked humans into believing the reality of 1 holy publication or one other. certainly, the trustworthy usually view changing others as a duty in their faith--and are informed from an early age to unfold their special model of faith. the result's an international damaged largely through unquestioned religion. As an urgently wanted counter to this tried-and-true culture of spiritual evangelism, A handbook for growing Atheists bargains the first-ever consultant no longer for speaking humans into faith--but for conversing 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 how you can have interaction the devoted in conversations that may support them worth 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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As a tool, as an epistemology, as a method of reasoning, as a process for knowing the world, faith cannot adjudicate between competing claims (“Muhammad was the last prophet” versus “Joseph Smith was a prophet”). Faith cannot steer one away from falsehood and toward truth. This is because faith does not have a built-in corrective mechanism. That is, faith claims have no way to be corrected, altered, revised, or modified. For example, if one has faith in the claim, “The Earth is 4,000 years old,” how could this belief be revised?

I don’t identify as an atheist because nothing extra-epistemological is entailed by the fact that I do my best to believe on the basis of evidence. Neither my reasoning nor my conclusion about the probability of a divine creator means I’m a good guy, or I’m kind to my dog, or I’m a patient father, or I have an encyclopedic knowledge of science fiction, or I’m fun to have at a party, or I am good at jiu jitsu. If “good critical thinker” were to be substituted with “atheist,” then perhaps it would be clear that atheism entails nothing beyond the fact that one doesn’t believe there’s sufficient evidence to warrant belief in God.

Com/user/QualiaSoup The Atheist Experience, “The Atheist Experience is a weekly cable access television show in Austin, Texas geared at a non-atheist audience. com/user/Thunderf00t NOTES 1. The Book of Alma is one of the books in the Book of Mormon. ” Religious belief is very often defended through the use of clever semantics. There are some important things to note about these dodges. When a person of faith is questioned over one or more specific, illogical tenets of their belief, they often respond with, “Well, of course I don’t believe that,” leaving the Street Epistemologist at a disadvantage since the believer continues to profess their unaltered faith-based belief regardless.

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