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The Christian Delusion

The Christian Delusion
  • Author : John W. Loftus
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2010-04-20
  • Total pages :422
  • ISBN : 9781616143183
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Summary : In this anthology of recent criticisms aimed at the reasonableness of Christian belief, a former evangelical minister and apologist, author of the critically acclaimed Why I Became an Atheist, has assembled fifteen outstanding articles by leading skeptics, expanding on themes introduced in his first book. Central is a defense of his "outsider test of faith," arguing that believers should test their faith with the same skeptical standards they use to evaluate the other faiths they reject, as if they were outsiders. Experts in medicine, psychology, and anthropology join Loftus to show why, when this test is applied to Christianity, it becomes very difficult to rationally defend. Collectively, these articles reveal that popular Christian beliefs tend to rely on ignorance of the facts. Drawing together experts in diverse fields, including Hector Avalos, Richard Carrier, David Eller, and Robert Price, this book deals a powerful blow against Christian faith.

God or Godless?

God or Godless?
  • Author : John W. Loftus,Randal Rauser
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2013-04-15
  • Total pages :208
  • ISBN : 9781441240699
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Summary : Perhaps the most persistent question in human history is whether or not there is a God. Intelligent people on both sides of the issue have argued, sometimes with deep rancor and bitterness, for generations. The issue can't be decided by another apologetics book, but the conversation can continue and help each side understand the perspectives of the other. In this unique book, atheist John Loftus and theist Randal Rauser engage in twenty short debates that consider Christianity, the existence of God, and unbelief from a variety of angles. Each concise debate centers on a proposition to be resolved, with either John or Randal arguing in the affirmative and the opponent the negative, and can be read in short bits or big bites. This is the perfect book for Christians and their atheist or agnostic friends to read together, and encourages honest, open, and candid debate on the most important issues of life and faith.

The God Delusion. 10th Anniversary Edition

The God Delusion. 10th Anniversary Edition
  • Author : Richard Dawkins
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2016-05-19
  • Total pages :496
  • ISBN : 9781784161934
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Summary : The God Delusion caused a sensation when it was published in 2006. Within weeks it became the most hotly debated topic, with Dawkins himself branded as either saint or sinner for presenting his hard-hitting, impassioned rebuttal of religion of all types. His argument could hardly be more topical. While Europe is becoming increasingly secularized, the rise of religious fundamentalism, whether in the Middle East or Middle America, is dramatically and dangerously dividing opinion around the world. In America, and elsewhere, a vigorous dispute between 'intelligent design' and Darwinism is seriously undermining and restricting the teaching of science. In many countries religious dogma from medieval times still serves to abuse basic human rights such as women's and gay rights. And all from a belief in a God whose existence lacks evidence of any kind. Dawkins attacks God in all his forms. He eviscerates the major arguments for religion and demonstrates the supreme improbability of a supreme being. He shows how religion fuels war, foments bigotry and abuses children. The God Delusion is a brilliantly argued, fascinating polemic that will be required reading for anyone interested in this most emotional and important subject.

The End of Christianity

The End of Christianity
  • Author : John W. Loftus
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2011-07-12
  • Total pages :433
  • ISBN : 9781616144142
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Summary : In this successor to his critically acclaimed anthology, The Christian Delusion: Why Faith Fails, a former minister and now leading atheist spokesperson has assembled a stellar group of respected scholars to continue the critique of Christianity begun in the first volume. Contributors include Victor Stenger, Robert Price, Hector Avalos, Richard Carrier, Keith Parsons, David Eller, and Taner Edis. Loftus is also the author of the best-selling Why I Became an Atheist: A Former Preacher Rejects Christianity. Taken together, the Loftus trilogy poses formidable challenges to claims for the rationality of the Christian faith. Anyone with an interest in the philosophy of religion will find this compilation to be intellectually stimulating and deeply thought provoking.

The Jesus Delusion

The Jesus Delusion
  • Author : Heinz-Werner Kubitza
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2016-08-15
  • Total pages :282
  • ISBN : 9783828865143
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Summary : The Bible is the most overrated book in the world, and Jesus of Nazareth the most overrated person in world history. These are some of the propositions which the author, who has a doctorate in theology, formulates in his examination of the Christian religion. In a very readable and often humorous style the book asks whether the Bible really is such a good, ethically valuable book, as the Churches always claim, or whether the God of the Old Testament is not rather an irascible war god while the New Testament announces the destruction of all unbelievers at the end times: "He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned" (Mark 16: 16). The book also asks whether the Churches are right to invoke that Jesus of Nazareth whom they announce as the Son of God. After all, academic research has long established that the real Jesus was very different and had almost nothing in common with the Jesus of the Churches. Christianity has been driving through history without a driver's licence. This book is addressed both to believers who do not shy away from confronting uncomfortable facts, and to those people who have nothing to do with the Church and who have always suspected that something in Christianity is not quite right.

The Outsider Test for Faith

The Outsider Test for Faith
  • Author : John W. Loftus
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2013-03-19
  • Total pages :300
  • ISBN : 9781616147389
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Summary : Fostering mutual understanding by viewing religion from an outsider perspective Depending on how one defines religion, there are at least thousands of religions in the world. Given such religious diversity, how can any one religion claim to know the truth? Nothing proposed so far has helped us settle which of these religions, if any, are true--until now. Author John W. Loftus, a former minister turned atheist, argues we would all be better off if we viewed any religion--including our own--from the informed skepticism of an outsider, a nonbeliever. For this reason he has devised "the outsider test for faith." He describes it as a variation on the Golden Rule: "Do unto your own faith what you do to other faiths." Essentially, this means applying the same skepticism to our own beliefs as we do to the beliefs of other faiths. Loftus notes that research from psychology, anthropology, sociology, and neuroscience goes a long way toward explaining why the human race has produced so many belief systems, why religion is culturally dependent, and how religion evolved in the first place. It's important that people understand these findings to escape the dangerous delusion that any one religion represents the only truth. At a time when the vast diversity of human belief systems is accessible to all, the outsider test for faith offers a rational means for fostering mutual understanding.

Biblical Christianity: Truth Or Delusion?

Biblical Christianity: Truth Or Delusion?
  • Author : Mark M. Hanna
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2011-09
  • Total pages :558
  • ISBN : 1613798490
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Summary : According to recent polls, the number of atheists and agnostics has more than doubled in the United States in the last twenty years. A coterie of their intellectual spokesmen have mounted a multifaceted attack on the Christian faith in a book entitled The Christian Delusion, which the atheist philosopher, Michael Martin, described as "arguably the best critique of the Christian faith the world has ever known." Dr. Hanna dismantles their arguments one by one, not only clearly exposing the fallaciousness of their contentions but also indicating how their failed case carries implications that furnish positive support for biblical Christianity. This book is more than a set of refutations; it provides a wide-ranging theological and philosophical purview that both biblical theists and anti-Christians need to take seriously, not only in order to understand the current debates but also to reflect on crucial issues relevant to one's own life and destiny. _______________________________________________________________________ Mark M. Hanna, now devoting full time to writing, was a professor of philosophy for many years at California State University and Talbot School of Theology. He also taught at the University of Southern California, where he earned M.A. degrees in philosophy and world religions and a Ph.D. in philosophy. He lived in the Middle East for four years, earning his B.A. at the American University in Beirut. He has lectured in numerous universities and theological schools around the world. He is the author of Crucial Questions in Apologetics and The True Path: Seven Muslims Make Their Greatest Discovery. *************** "This is masterly and brilliant...." --Norman L. Geisler, Ph.D. "A devastating critique of the critics...." --Gary R. Habermas, Ph.D. "A stunning achievement...It is a model of irenic, tough-minded, well-informed argumentation...." --J. P. Moreland, Ph.D. "Give this book a careful reading ...." -- Dallas Willard, Ph.D

Why I Became an Atheist

Why I Became an Atheist
  • Author : John W. Loftus
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2012-10-10
  • Total pages :536
  • ISBN : 9781616145781
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Summary : For about two decades John W. Loftus was a devout evangelical Christian, an ordained minister of the Church of Christ, and an ardent apologist for Christianity. With three degrees--in philosophy, theology, and philosophy of religion--he was adept at using rational argumentation to defend the faith. But over the years, doubts about the credibility of key Christian tenets began to creep into his thinking. By the late 1990s he experienced a full-blown crisis of faith. In this honest appraisal of his journey from believer to atheist, the author carefully explains the experiences and the reasoning process that led him to reject religious belief. The original edition of this book was published in 2006 and reissued in 2008. Since that time, Loftus has received a good deal of critical feedback from Christians and skeptics alike. In this revised and expanded edition, the author addresses criticisms of the original, adds new argumentation and references, and refines his presentation. For every issue he succinctly summarizes the various points of view and provides references for further reading. In conclusion, he describes the implications of life without belief in God, some liberating, some sobering. This frank critique of Christian belief from a former insider will interest freethinkers as well as anyone with doubts about the claims of religion.

Atheist Delusions

Atheist Delusions
  • Author : David Bentley Hart
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2009-04-21
  • Total pages :272
  • ISBN : 9780300155648
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Summary : Religious scholar Hart argues that contemporary antireligious polemics are based not only upon conceptual confusions but upon facile simplifications of history and provides a powerful antidote to the New Atheists' misrepresentations of the Christian past.

The Dawkins Delusion?

The Dawkins Delusion?
  • Author : Alister McGrath,Joanna Collicutt McGrath
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2011-06-18
  • Total pages :119
  • ISBN : 9780830868735
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Summary : Alister McGrath and Joanna Collicutt McGrath present a reliable assessment of The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins, famed atheist and scientist, and the many questions this book raises--including, above all, the relevance of faith and the quest for meaning.

Is Faith Delusion?

Is Faith Delusion?
  • Author : Andrew Sims
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2009-03-09
  • Total pages :252
  • ISBN : 9781441129215
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Summary : Is faith delusion? Is religion bad for your health? How, in a scientifically and technologically advanced age, can people still believe in God/spirit/'other'? Clearly not all believers are primitive and ill-educated; an alternative explanation is that they must be mad, or at least severely neurotic (as suggested by Freud). This book starts by looking at, and giving reasons for, the connection and the division between Christian faith and psychiatry. It asks whether science challenges Christians involved with psychiatry, as patients or professionals, and whether the spiritual needs of patients are recognised. The author examines the scope and use of the neuro-sciences and considers cause and effect, natural selection and determinism. He explores the overlap (and the difference) between psychiatric symptoms and religious belief, the possible association between demon possession and mental illness, and the idea that some people are intrinsically religious and some are not. The variations of personality are examined, with their implications for belief. Posited as a statement, that faith is delusion is always hostile, but outcome studies (reviewed here) show that in general religious belief and practice convey good mental health. Religious faith and mental illness are different, and their concepts come from different world-views. A consideration of them in relation to each other is long overdue. The author is a former Professor of Psychiatry and President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, and has also been Chairman of their Spirituality and Psychiatry Special Interest Group, so is exceptionally well qualified to address the subject. Although the book is technically proficient, it is aimed at the general reader and is illustrated with stories, brief case histories and anecdotes.

The God Delusion

The God Delusion
  • Author : Richard Dawkins
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2008-01-16
  • Total pages :416
  • ISBN : 9780547348667
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Summary : A preeminent scientist—and the world's most prominent atheist—asserts the irrationality of belief in God and the grievous harm religion has inflicted on society, from the Crusades to 9/11. With rigor and wit, Dawkins examines God in all his forms, from the sex-obsessed tyrant of the Old Testament to the more benign (but still illogical) Celestial Watchmaker favored by some Enlightenment thinkers. He eviscerates the major arguments for religion and demonstrates the supreme improbability of a supreme being. He shows how religion fuels war, foments bigotry, and abuses children, buttressing his points with historical and contemporary evidence. The God Delusion makes a compelling case that belief in God is not just wrong but potentially deadly. It also offers exhilarating insight into the advantages of atheism to the individual and society, not the least of which is a clearer, truer appreciation of the universe's wonders than any faith could ever muster.

Christianity in the Light of Science

Christianity in the Light of Science
  • Author : John W. Loftus
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2016-07-26
  • Total pages :380
  • ISBN : 9781633881747
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Summary : This anthology of new critical essays written by experts in their fields, in honor of the late Victor Stenger, examines Christianity using established scientific criteria. Where science specifically touches upon the claims of Christianity the authors seek to show those claims lack the required evidence. The result is that Christianity is not a sufficiently evidenced religion. In his New York Times bestseller, God: The Failed Hypothesis, physicist Victor Stenger argued that claims of religion should be subject to the same standards of scientific rigor as any other truth claim. Taking this approach, the contributors argue that Christianity fails every known scientific test for truth. Stenger himself wrote a chapter for this volume before he died. In it he presents a brief history of ideas about cosmology, showing that Christianity’s premodern understanding of the cosmos is incompatible with current scientific evidence regarding the origin and structure of the cosmos. Other contributors examine a wide variety of topics, including biblical archaeology, Intelligent Design, the Shroud of Turin, free will, the existence of the soul, the efficacy of petitionary prayer, and more. This challenging work is indispensable reading for both skeptical readers and open-minded people of faith.

Even Dawkins Has a God

Even Dawkins Has a God
  • Author : Neil Laing
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2014-08-27
  • Total pages :360
  • ISBN : 9781490847917
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Summary : Richard Dawkins’s The God Delusion is one of the most serious attacks on religion in recent times. A number of highly capable authors have countered it. Neil’s reply is different from most. He finds areas of agreement with Dawkins over a number of his assessments of religion while exposing his erroneous understanding of the nature of God. He shows that Dawkins’s attack on God is irrelevant even though he successfully demolishes what he imagines is the Christian “god”. At the same time, Neil tries to equip Christians to come to an informed intelligent position, to lose their fears of science, and to see its wonderful strengths. He challenges the assumptions made particularly by the New Atheists in imagining that faith is a childish approach to origins and furthermore that their own views are similar to some religions so that they virtually have a “god” themselves. Tackling thorny topics like the meaning of faith, miracles, morality, and righteousness, Neil honestly appraises Christian views, tries to debunk misconceptions about these topics, and shows that science and faith can be mutually enhancing.

The Atheist Delusion

The Atheist Delusion
  • Author : Vic Zarley
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2013-04-26
  • Total pages :148
  • ISBN : 1484807162
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Summary : Sprinkled throughout this book is a rebuttal to Richard Dawkins book, "The God Delusion." In addition to that, however, there is a strong message for the Christian Church. Over time, the Church has allowed much to dilute Christ's message and gets fairly caught up in social activities, food, musical events, more food, and bringing in the lost by giving them, yes, food, rather than spending much time equipping the Body of Christ with the tools to follow Jesus' commands ("If you love Me," He said, "follow my commands!") We tend to avoid the tasks before us that are the most difficult. High on the list of things to NOT do, because they are too hard, is love our enemies, pray for those who persecute us, die to self, swallow pride, and be a humble servant of God. We have no excuse to avoid Jesus' commands any longer. The TRUE Christian rubber must hit the road. God has given His Church reason to unite in prayer in the three New Atheists who brandish swords of unbelief, as they ride their black steeds through the courtyards of the Christian Church. Through this Biblical based book, the Christian will receive encouragement to "pray through" until the job is accomplished and the three New Atheists are brought to their knees, not by our cleverness, not by our threats, not by our preaching, nor by our curses—but by our prayers to the Almighty God of the Bible, which Christians will once again discover, is the most powerful force in the universe. Once the Christians see the power of God bring the atheists to their knees, which will happen when the Church unites in prayer for them, they will understand that all things are possible through Christ who strengthens them—all things the Lord commands we do, CAN be done, through Him! The Atheist Delusion can lead to some mighty intense discussions. The atheists tend to think this spiritual discussion is the most ridiculous thing in the world. If one aggressive godless soul comes to the Lord, it will have been worth it.

The "Christian Science" Delusion

The 'Christian Science' Delusion
  • Author : Amzi Clarence Dixon
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :1918
  • Total pages :63
  • ISBN : OCLC:36731113
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The Case Against Miracles

The Case Against Miracles
  • Author : John W Loftus
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2019-11-22
  • Total pages :576
  • ISBN : 1839190086
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Summary : Addressing every single issue that touches on miracles in a thorough and academic manner, this compilation represents the most extensive look at the phenomenon ever displayed through the lens of an ardent non-believer.

Is God A Delusion?

Is God A Delusion?
  • Author : Eric Reitan
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2011-09-23
  • Total pages :256
  • ISBN : 9781444358186
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Summary : Is God a Delusion? addresses the philosophical underpinnings of the recent proliferation of popular books attacking religious beliefs. Winner of CHOICE 2009 Outstanding Academic Title Award Focuses primarily on charges leveled by recent critics that belief in God is irrational and that its nature ferments violence Balances philosophical rigor and scholarly care with an engaging, accessible style Offers a direct response to the crop of recent anti-religion bestsellers currently generating considerable public discussion

Atheism and the Christian Faith

Atheism and the Christian Faith
  • Author : Bill Anderson
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2017-06-30
  • Total pages :224
  • ISBN : 9781622731732
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Summary : Atheism and the Christian Faith is an anthology of the proceedings from a conference of the same name which convened at Concordia University of Edmonton in May 2016. The book represents a wide diversity of subtopics—primarily from a philosophical perspective—including submissions from atheists, agnostics and theists. This combination of topics and perspectives makes the book totally unique. There are arguments for and against theism. The foreword to the book is by Professor Richard Swinburne, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Oxford University, who contributes two chapters to the book: “Why Believe That There is a God?” and “Why God Allows Suffering”. The book includes a chapter from renowned astrophysicist, and former student of Stephen Hawkins, Professor Dr. Don Page from the University of Alberta “On the Optimal Argument for the Existence of God”. Atheism and the Christian Faith advances arguments around serious philosophical issues of direct relevance to contemporary society. It will be of interest to a broad range of scholars in philosophy, theology and epistemology.

God is No Delusion

God is No Delusion
  • Author : Gwen Francis
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2016-01-14
  • Total pages :252
  • ISBN : 9781504300759
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Summary : This story begins with the charismatic movement within the Christian church in the 1970s. Author Gwen Francis saw herself as only an observer at a Life in the Spirit seminar at an Anglican Church in New Zealand in 1975. Her subsequent experience of the Blessing of the Holy Spirit and various unasked-for gifts resulted in her admission to a psychiatric hospital. At the time, she was certain she was obeying God in all she said and did. In God is No Delusion, she explains the God she has known all of her life, and she discusses the force of evil that tries to separate us and help us destroy ourselves. Blending her life story and personal stories with her spiritual experiences, Francis offers evidence of a spiritual force she believes has communicated with humans and the living world since their beginning. Geared toward Christians who find it difficult to accept all the traditional teachings of their church and for the wandering flock who are looking for some spiritual guidance in a modern world, God is No Delusion shares both a message from God and a warning about the forces of evil.

The Christian Science Delusion

The Christian Science Delusion
  • Author : Anton Darms
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :196?
  • Total pages :28
  • ISBN : OCLC:79883646
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Summary :