By Peter Boghossian
For millions of years, the devoted have honed proselytizing ideas 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 informed from an early age to unfold their specified 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 growing Atheists deals the first-ever advisor now not for conversing humans into faith--but for conversing them out of it. Peter Boghossian attracts at the instruments he has constructed and used for greater than two decades as a thinker and educator to educate tips to have interaction the devoted in conversations that would aid them price cause and rationality, forged doubt on their spiritual ideals, distrust their religion, abandon superstition and irrationality, and finally embody cause.
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Anselm’s ontological argument, fail. The fine-tuning argument, fail. The Kal m cosmological argument, fail. All refuted. ” I advise Street Epistemologists to not use these terms. This is why: I don’t believe Santa Claus is a real person who flies around in a sleigh led by reindeer delivering presents. I am a Santa Claus atheist. Even though there’s nothing logically impossible about this phenomenon, I’m not a Santa Claus agnostic. ) “Agnostic” and “agnosticism” are unnecessary terms. Street Epistemologists should avoid them.
Unfortunately, many of the more militant suras are found later in the Koran. 13. I’ve never understood such claims of the faithful—in this example, Muslims who state that other Muslims do not have the correct interpretation of the Koran. Once one buys into a system of belief without evidence, it’s unclear on what basis one could make the claim that there’s a correct or incorrect interpretation of the Koran. 14. There are many ways we can rationally determine what’s in our own interest and what sort of communities we should construct.
13 The only way to figure out which claims about the world are likely true, and which are likely false, is through reason and evidence. There is no other way. ” —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.