The video went viral. Now, the transcript of their conversation is illuminated by new essays from three of the original participants and an introduction by Stephen Fry. With Hitchens as your erudite and witty guide, you'll be led through a wealth of philosophy, literature, and scientific inquiry, including generous portions of the words of Lucretius, Benedict de Spinoza, Charles Darwin, Karl Marx, Mark Twain, and more. Part 1 of Godless , "Rejecting God", tells the story of how I moved from devout preacher to atheist and beyond.
Part 2, "Why I Am an Atheist", presents my philosophical reasons for unbelief. Part 3, "What's Wrong with Christianity", critiques the bible its reliability as well as its morality and the historical evidence for Jesus. Part 4, "Life Is Good! Are the kids asleep? Originally conceived as a joint presentation between influential thinker and best-selling author Richard Dawkins and former evangelical preacher Dan Barker, this unique book provides an investigation into what may be the most unpleasant character in all fiction.
Barker combs through both the Old and New Testaments as well as 13 different editions of the "Good Book" , presenting powerful evidence for why Scripture shouldn't govern our everyday lives. Religious fundamentalists and biblical literalists present any number of arguments that attempt to disprove evolution.
Those with a sympathetic ear often fail to critically examine these creationist claims, leading to an ill-informed public and, perhaps more troubling, ill-advised public policy. As Aron Ra makes clear, however, every single argument deployed by creationists in their attacks on evolution is founded on fundamental scientific, religious, and historical falsehoods - all of them.
A liberal society stands on the proposition that we should all take seriously the idea that we might be wrong.
This means we must place no one, including ourselves, beyond the reach of criticism; it means that we must allow people to err, even where the error offends and upsets, as it often will. For thousands of years, the faithful have honed proselytizing strategies and talked people into believing the truth of one holy book or another. Indeed, the faithful often view converting others as an obligation of their faith - and are trained from an early age to spread their unique brand of religion. The result is a world broken in large part by unquestioned faith.
As an urgently needed counter to this tried-and-true tradition of religious evangelism, this audiobook offers the first-ever guide not for talking people into faith - but for talking them out of it. Assertions like these seem comical until you realize that many Christian parents aren't kidding when they teach them to their children as facts. Allegiance to these teachings is expected, often demanded. The potato hack was modeled after an diet plan for people that were becoming fat and "dyspeptic" from living too luxuriously. This potato diet simply called for one to eat nothing but potatoes for a few days at a time, promising that fat men become as "lean as they ought to be.
Potatoes contains natural drug-like agents that affect inflammation, hunger, insulin, sleep, dreams, mood, and body weight. If one George Carlin audio is funny, then two are funnier and three must be funniest, right? That's our thinking behind this new collection. Once you learn that schmoozing is the authentic practice of treating others well, you'll be on your way to schmoozing your boss, co-workers and clients, as well as your love interests.
Soon your first impression will be a positive, lasting one, leading to happier, healthier relationships in all facets of your life. Let's be honest - nobody has more fun than atheists. And as ever, underneath these rollicking rants lie a deeply personal philosophy and a generous spirit, which find joy and meaning in family, and peace in the simple beauty of the everyday. Every Day Is an Atheist Holiday! What did you love best about Every Day is an Atheist Holiday!? Another reviewer complained about Penn's cursing.
Unless you were completely unfamiliar with his style, it should come as no surprise. If you enjoyed his other works, you will enjoy this one as well. Buy with confidence if your ears can handle bad words. Would you listen to Every Day is an Atheist Holiday! No fault of the book, I just never re-read, re-watch, or re-listen to anything other than music.
What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative? I enjoyed Penn narriting his own work. His own attitude.
Penn was black mailed?!? Any additional comments? To warn anyone on the fence, if vulgarity, sexuality, or atheism bothers you, don't listen. When you see something is written and narrated by Penn Jillette, expect a lot of this and more. Personally I found all his stories to be funny, thought-provoking, and sad at times. While some of his ideas I don't agree with and I can find myself on the opposite side of his argument, it does not take away from the fact that much of what he says is well-thought and well-intended.
Even the stories that had little to no relevance to the topic of atheism were entertaining and gave some insight into who Penn Jillette is. Sure he goes on rants about Clay Aiken and a few others, but this is part of the personality of his that I find enjoyable and brutally honest.
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I hesitated to buy this book, fearing it would be a screed on atheism. It's not. It's thoughtful, provocative, funny, engaging and searingly honest. For someone who makes his living "deceiving" people, Penn is astonishingly candid about himself and his life. I first got to know him watching The Celebrity Apprentice, where he appeared to me to be the quintessential nice guy.
This book goes a long way to explainging why. Jillete is the poster boy for integrity. Love him or hate him, you have to admire that he lives his life with true purpose, real joy and brutal self examination. I'm not a hippie. I disagree with some of his views and God knows I couldn't - wouldn't - live my life as he lives his, but I celebrate that this world has room for both of us.
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I celebrate that someone can create such magic and joy and not be caught up in the celebrity bullshit that so many in entertainment do. I wish I knew Penn - I find him fascinating. He's one of the rare ones who could discuss differing beliefs without resorting to name calling and dismissive rhetoric. He is a rare bird in this world - a truly authentic human being. This book isn't for everyone!!! I lost track of how many times I laughed out loud listening to Penn's crazy stories.
I bet it would be powerful. The Honesty and the fact that Penn does the reading. He is great to listen too with his rough carny voice and passion for what he believes in. What did you like best about this story?
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Of course. The word 'atheist' in the title of this book is enough to rattle some cages. I have read books that have been written in the last few years, debating about existence of God and the need for religion. This is not merely one of those books. Murphy offers refreshing perspectives along the lines of debate through his personal stories and literary discussions. On the whole, The Everyday Atheist is a great read and will open our eyes a bit more on the true meaning of faith. The author's experiences are all too relatable for far too many people.
As the author of the Myths of Christianity, I have seen first-hand Christianity's incredible potential to uplift and inspire. But, as demonstrated by the author's own experiences, Christianity also has a side that is dark, insecure and hostile to perceived outsiders. Religion can often create a strong environment of community among its members who share similar beliefs, points of view and lifestyles.
But this strength can also be its biggest weakness, as those who don't share the same views or who question the "faith" begin to be excluded and sometimes viewed by the community sympathetically as misinformed or willful sinners, and at other times more harshly as rejecters of the faith and even apostates. Murphy's account is an eye-opening real-life rendition of Plato's allegory "The Cave," and while he is right in questioning, his story should also act as a warning to those who dare to step out of the cave to see the sun but think they can ever return to the cave.
Ronald Murphy takes the reader on his personal journey of coming to Christ, questioning the faith and his ultimate rejection of religion. With incredible ease because of the internet, people now have access to competing information about religion and the Bible, information which often contradicts what we are told in Sunday school.
Record numbers of people are questioning and even rejecting Christianity in search of truth, and in so doing they find they are the subject of suspicion and vitriol by the very same people they once may have called "brother" or "sister. Murphy fosters a healthy skepticism and raises valid questions about religion, especially its less known subjects, and I look forward to his future works. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who has questions about religion or who has already left the fold.
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