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However, I feel as though The Christian Delusion was fairly accessible to a teenage reader, such as me. I realize that many of my classmates do not share the same beliefs as me or lack thereof , but I would still encourage them to read this book because I honestly feel like it was intended to be read by theists as well, not solely atheists. One of my favorite aspects of this book is that it deals with human nature in general, thus explaining our tendencies and actions.
An example of this would be when Loftus speaks of how humans in general search for patterns and simple explanations in order to understand the world around us. So, I was quite pleased when I discovered that Loftus had highlighted this same point in his book. Aside from searching for simple explanations, people are determined to defend their beliefs from attack. It is for this same reason that most people will deem an argument invalid as soon as they learn it backs a different standpoint from their own.
However, I believe atheists are just as guilty of this tendency as well. It is for this reason that I respect Loftus, for he raises many arguments posed by theists and counters them with his own logic. While he does still ultimately deem them to be incorrect, he gives them honest thought and in a few instances even notes that they are interesting challenges to his own arguments.
One of the major points that Loftus stresses in his book is what he calls: the outsider test of faith OTF. The OTF is essentially asking a theist to critically examine their faith through the viewpoint of someone who does not share the same beliefs as them.
Just as they dismiss religious beliefs other than their own as incorrect, the OTF requires them to use the same critical judgment on their faith.
Ultimately, Loftus is hoping that after going through this process, theists will realize that there is no true way to rationalize their beliefs and thus abandon them because he went through this very process himself. However, I feel he is too optimistic in this hope. I doubt that many people can truly take this test and give up something that has such a large part in their life and ideology. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Christian Delusion. As I said before, I would recommend others to read this book, and, for theists, to actually try and take the OTF if they feel so inclined.
I just feel like it would be an interesting experiment. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions.
Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Loftus Editor ,. Dan Barker Foreword. Hector Avalos Contributor. Edward T. Babinski Contributor.
Richard C. Carrier Goodreads Author Contributor. Jack David Eller Contributor. Jason Long Contributor. Robert Price Contributor. 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 b 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.
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Rating details. More filters. Sort order. May 01, Paul Bryant rated it really liked it Shelves: godreads. They make me feel like converting to something oozing with 13th century eschatology just to annoy them. But eventually I thought well, gonna have to beard the atheists in their foul den at some point. So here I am with John Loftus and his posse. It provides a handy and much-loved convention for shrugging off unmediated contemplation of our existential terror of being thrown into a world we have no hope of understanding in which we are haunted by suffering and extinction minute by minute, hour by hour.
Who does not wish for a plank across that terrible void? And here we are in a world in which the non-religious explanations are now completely beyond the wits of anyone without a physics PhD.
We were okay with the idea of the Earth going round the Sun, the planets all clockworking around the firmament, the solar system in its beautiful galaxy. Not too many years ago astronomy was cosy. Now they write books about the first three seconds after the big bang. They discover quasars and pulsars and dark matter and black holes, and maybe other big bangs and other universes. This thing called creation has got out of hand.
Hence religion is actually getting more popular. Or does it? He appears to us; he embodies himself. God tells us through revelation what his desires are.
He issues memos. This is Deism. It believes that God has either no interest in any kind of human interventions or is beyond consciousness, like gravity, which does not assume human form and enquire after your health after you trip and fall. This is where John Loftus says well, the people writing down the messages have been grossly negligent over the years and have foisted a series of misheard misinterpreted half understood Chinese whispers onto us all, which has resulted in distressingly doctrinal denunciations and dozens of denominational disputes leading to many cranial fractures being rained down on Christians by Christians.
The last years have witnessed vast amounts of Christian-on-Christian violence. Christians cannot be happy with the way things have panned out. But it takes two to tango. Sure, the message-takers were negligent. But God should have enunciated more clearly. Also you may buy slaves from the children of the foreigners who reside with you, and from their families that are with you, whom they have fathered in your land, they may become your property.
Exodus 22 verse 25 If you lend money to any of my people who are needy among you, do not be like a moneylender to him; do not charge him interest The great majority of Christians today would tell you that slavery is evil; also they would have no problem with the concept of charging interest on a loan.
So these two verses from the Bible are reinterpreted. But verses like those, and there are many others, provoke the reasonable question — in what way is the Bible the revealed word of God?
Exactly how? Even if Christians reinterpret such passages to mean something other than what they appear to say, God is still proven to have been one of the worst communicators in history. All of this could have been prevented and clarified right from the start, and to the benefit of countless people, by even an average communicator, much less one with the alleged talents of a god. JL says : But what can morally justify how long it took God to do this, given the massive amount of carnage that took place in the meantime?
All he had to do from the very beginning was to give them the correct morals the first time around. And all he had to do in Jesus was to be clearer to the church who even misunderstood him 4 we are fallen, corrupt humans, so what do you expect? It was bound to fail. And God knew that.
The Christian Delusion : Why Faith Fails
I found this book to be very haughty and condescending, more of a 'let's point and laugh' than an actual realistic look at religion or faith and scientific reasoning. I was expecting a thoughtful This is a book of contributed papers, and as such is a work of varying quality and interest. Overall the book is well written and well edited, and not difficult to read, though the length does require
The Christian Delusion: Why Faith Fails
John W. Loftus born is an American atheist author. He has written seven books and co-authored three others. Loftus was born on September 18,
John W. Loftus