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The Ways of an Atheist

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Bernard Katz smartly turns biblical tales and religious declarations back on themselves to expose their mythical origins and obvious contradictions. This remarkable and entertaining collection of essays takes an atheistic and humorous look at the most popular religious beliefs, including the concept of God, biblical morality, magic and miracles, the much-touted mental ...more
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Published February 1st 1999 by Prometheus Books
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No Remorse
Jul 17, 2010 No Remorse rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: God Hates You
"...there should be a warning label on every Bible that says "reading this may be injurious to your health.""

"...nature is orderly: the planets move in regular orbits, planted seeds grow uniformly into complex structures, the seasons succeed each other in order. Everything conforms to patterns, is governed by law."

"Apparently Aristotle originated the argument from design. Taking their cues from him, Augustine and Thomas Aquinas converted the argument to benefit Christianity."

Verbal jujitsu

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Sarah
Feb 22, 2013 Sarah rated it liked it
There were some interesting facts in this book and trivia. I liked the section that showed the "sins" of Jesus- all the times he acted contrary to his own teachings or broke the ten commandments. I found myself taking notes while reading this book, as I often do with atheist books. I wish the author had gone a little more in depth on some of the things he wrote about- it seemed like each chapter was short and was just a basic overview. This made the book a quick read, but at times left me ...more
Mark
Mar 01, 2008 Mark rated it liked it
Shelves: atheism
Mr. Katz’s book is an easy read that would be a good introduction to some of the more simple arguments for atheism. Each section very short, giving anyone who has not studied secular humanism a taste for some of the foundational arguments. The book sometimes delves off into subjective opinions, but that said, also tends to “straighten itself out” so to say.
Topics range from variations on Hume’s arguments against miracles to a section called “Jesus: Warts and All”. I believe that a list of source
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Pablo
Sep 27, 2013 Pablo rated it liked it
Overall, there isn't much in this book I didn't already know. My problem (maybe too strong a word) with this book is that the essays are too short. Abundant in information, they lack depth of analysis. Katz seems to hold that certain things are self evident. While he may be right, that doesn't excuse him as the author from delving into the issues he presents. And someone needs to tell him that exclamation points are for emphasis, and he should probably back off from such abundant use of them.
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