- Taschenbuch: 280 Seiten
- Verlag: Pitchstone Publishing (1. November 2013)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1939578094
- ISBN-13: 978-1939578099
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,2 x 1,5 x 22,9 cm
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"There is nothing else on the market like this book that helps atheists talk believers out of their faith. Every atheist interested in doing so, or who talks to believers about faith at all, should read it. It's both needed and brilliant!"
--John W. Loftus, author of "Why I Became an Atheist" and" The Outsider Test for Faith"
"Boghossian has provided an indispensible chart book for all of us who must navigate the rising sea of magical thinking that is inundating America today."
--Victor Stenger, Ph.D., author of "God: The Failed Hypothesis" and "God and the Atom"
"If we want to live in world that is safer and more rational for all, then this is the guidebook we have been waiting for. Relying on extensive experience and a deep concern for humanity, Peter Boghossian has produced a game changer. This is not a book to read while relaxing in a hammock on a sunny afternoon. This is the how-to manual to take into the trenches of everyday life where minds are won and lost in the struggle between reason and madness."
--Guy P. Harrison, author of "50 Simple Questions for Every Christian" and "Race and Reality"
"A book so great you can skip it and just read the footnotes. Pure genius." --Christopher Johnson, cofounder, the "Onion"
"I wouldn't be surprised if ten years from now we realized that this book's publication was a turning point in the decline of Christianity in the West." --Tom Gilson, author, "Thinking Christian"
"There is nothing else on the market like this book that helps atheists talk believers out of their faith. Every atheist interested in doing so, or who talks to believers about faith at all, should read it. It's both needed and brilliant!" --John W. Loftus, author, "Why I Became an Atheist" and "The Outsider Test for Faith"
"Boghossian has provided an indispensable chart book for all of us who must navigate the rising sea of magical thinking that is inundating America today." --Victor Stenger, PhD, author, "God: The Failed Hypothesis" and "God and the Atom"
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You get some answers to this question when reading Peter Boghossians book.
Basically he advocates a Socratic strategy of making people doubt by simply asking questions pointing to possible inconsistencies of their views. That's not novel but always deserves a reminder. More important is the authors insisting claim that we shouldn't accept an intellectual and social preserve for religious faith, treating it as a no-touch private preference or matter of taste. Boghossian's attack on constructivism and epistemological and moral (multicultural) relativism as an academic and social aberration is justified and deserves support. So far the motivating aspects of the book.
But unfortunately there are severe flaws. The author has no empathy for religious people. You can't understand the comforting effects of faith by simply stating that there is no evidence for it. For example many people want to believe that there beloved ones still exist somehow and somewhere after having passed away. Wrong - but we should be able to feel some empathy for the emotionally comforting effect of such wishful thinking. Lack of that pushes Boghossian to demand that we should try to talk everybody out of his or her faith, people personally unknown to us, everybody, everywhere, in principle regardless of the personal situation (desperate life conditions, terminal illness, high age, psychological stability or instability?). And here things begin to turn unpleasant and even potentially dangerous.
When finally classifying religious faith as a mental disease which should be addressed by public health programs Boghossian risks to shift to sectarianism and make his whole principally laudable enterprise look ridiculous. Religions are out-dated ways of interpreting the world and finding orientation in life but they are no diseases (with violent fanaticism as a borderline case between crime and mental disorder). If not so a considerable part of arts and human civilization would just be the product of insane people. Sounds a bit ahistorical, doesn't it?
Die im Buch beschriebenen Methoden werde ich in meinen Diskussionen mit anderen Menschen anwenden, und so hoffentlich dem Ziel, eine Menschlichen Gesellschaft die rational handelt, ein wenig näher kommen.
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