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By Ian S. Markham

During this new e-book, Ian Markham analyzes the atheistic global view, opposing the arguments given by way of popular authors of books on atheism, equivalent to Richard Dawkins. in contrast to different responses to the hot atheism, Markham demanding situations those authors all alone floor by way of wondering their figuring out of trust and of atheism itself. the result's a remodeling creation to Christianity that might entice someone drawn to this debate.

• a desirable problem to the new spate of profitable books written through high-profile atheist authors equivalent to Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, and Sam Harris
• Tackles those authors all alone floor, arguing that they don't comprehend the character of atheism, not to mention theology and ethics
• attracts on rules from Nietzsche, cosmology, and artwork to build a strong reaction that permits for a religion that's grounded, but person who acknowledges the truth of uncertainty
• Succinct, attractive, yet robustly argued, this new ebook through a number one educational and author encompasses a wealth of profound insights that express non secular trust in a brand new mild

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The study of literature and poetry, both for its own sake for the eternal ethical questions with which it deals, can now easily depose the scrutiny of sacred texts that have been found to corrupt and confected. The pursuit of unfettered scientific inquiry, and the availability of new findings to masses of people by easy electronic means, will revolutionize our concepts of research and development. Very importantly, the divorce between the sexual life and fear, and the sexual life and disease, and the sexual life and tyranny, can now at last be attempted, on the sole condition that we banish all religions from the discourse.

It is such a long, drawn-out process; it is also very cruel. Hitchens writes: We must also confront the fact that evolution is, as well as smarter than we are, infinitely more callous and cruel, and also capricious. 27 For Hitchens, God made some sense in a pre-scientific age and culture. But now, our understanding of the world has evolved. The God hypothesis has been made redundant. We need to move on. For this stage of the summary of the arguments found in these three books, my view is that Hitchens’s more traditional argument for atheism is stronger than Dawkins’s more innovative argument for atheism.

It is odd, ponders Fred, that for centuries the world worried that without religion there would be a breakdown in ethics. In fact, all the major advances in ethics have come since the Western Enlightenment. Toleration, for example, is not really found until John Locke has the bright idea that a Baptist and an Anglican could coexist within the same country. Or feminism (he was proud of his mother’s achievements as a CEO of a major company), which was hardly encouraged by the Church. Or his gay friend, who came so close to suicide due to his religious upbringing, and who needed secular science to reassure him that he is not committing a sin because of who he is.

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