By Wayne R. Bartz
Critical considering: The Antidote for Faith, is not only nutrients for notion; it's a real highbrow banquet.
in the course of the e-book, Wayne Bartz's revealing tales upload to the lengthy historical past of foolishness and damage performed within the identify of faith. Taken jointly, those examples of supernatural nonsense are a strong, and infrequently hilarious, indictment of blind religion.
Those who've doubts approximately faith will get pleasure from Bartz's sharp replies to believers. With get pleasure from, he skewers televangelists, sanctimonious politicians, clinical frauds, and self-appointed professionals. Bartz additionally bargains well-honed arguments that rationalists can use to chop throughout the fog of magical considering. In a sequence of steps summarized by way of the acronym CRITIC, he indicates how severe pondering can be utilized to guage a wide selection of doubtful claims.
it is a booklet for those who get pleasure from lively inquiry. even if believers will be unmoved through its arguments and anecdotes, they're going to need to work flat out to safeguard and maintain their religion. Readers who're susceptible to question faith will discover a necessary best friend and an highbrow trip really worth taking. Dennis Coon, writer of advent to Psychology: Exploration and Application.
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A delusion. , are not true? If, for example, angels do not actually zip around the universe providing emergency services for true believers, then the majority of Americans (who believe in angels and their good works) share a false belief and therefore suffer a mass delusion. ” Why is society more accepting of delusions shared by millions than we are of those unique to individuals like the left-hand-of-God man? Perhaps “respect” for others’ religious beliefs could be pragmatically defined as a wide latitude of tolerance.
You are baffled as to why anyone would want to spend eternity in a heaven filled with bozos like him. You fantasize a cream pie sailing straight into his pompous face. 3. You learn that devout Mormons wear special holy underwear and that some individuals are virtually never without it, even when bathing or having sex. When you think about that: a). You are impressed to discover that a religion has looked carefully into the spiritual aspects of even the most mundane of daily activities. b). You doubt that God would have so little to do that He actually spends His time monitoring His followers’ sweaty undergarments.
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