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A Friendly Letter to Skeptics and Atheists: Musings on Why God Is Good and Faith Isn't Evil

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"A Friendly Letter to Skeptics and Atheists" helps readers--both secular and religious--appreciate their common ground. For those whose thinking has moved from the religious thesis to the skeptical antithesis (or vice versa), Myers offers pointers to a science-respecting Christian synthesis. He shows how skeptics and people of faith can share a commitment to reason, eviden ...more
Hardcover, 152 pages
Published August 1st 2008 by Jossey-Bass (first published January 1st 2008)
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Mark
Dec 27, 2008 Mark rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-it, science
A breath of fresh air in the tiring evolution/religion debate. Myers deftly avoids the usual venomous and spiteful tones of the extremists on both sides. Well-known in the field of psychological science and being both a skeptic and theist (not to mention realizing the facts of evolution), Myers brings forth fresh insight in a positive manner.

While it is unlikely all his arguments will be viewed positively by all readers (does that ever happen? Read more, get educated, understand, and form concl
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Brian
Dec 30, 2008 Brian rated it did not like it
This book is intended as an answer to Dawkins (The God Delusion) and Hithins (God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything), but it really is just a lightweight re-hash of some of the same old objections. It combines the "That's not *my* religion you are talking about" argument with the idea that it is possible that a particular religion might be innocuous and even beneficial whether or not it is true while not being disprovable. The author then claims that real Christianity is such a relig ...more
Zachary
Dec 02, 2013 Zachary rated it really liked it
A little overstated at times, but overall a well-written and nicely done defense of religious belief to the current and more virulent strains of atheism that posit a need for total destruction of religion. Dr. Myers provides a goodly number of evidence-backed arguments that religion is not generally the monster it is sometimes made out to be, but can instead be a tolerant, science-accepting aid to human flourishing and well-being. As an agnostic and scientist with respect for many religious trad ...more
Don Mitchell
Sep 14, 2010 Don Mitchell rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Kelly Wright, Keith Dragon
Recommended to Don by: Bob Morrison
Excellent, gentle, rational book responding to but not slamming the "New Atheists." A quick read with some science and theology but accessible. It has some criticism of the zealous atheist crowd, but gently. It also applauds the atheists' criticisms of the anti-intellectual, xenophobic religious zealots. Basically, it expresses my belief and perspective.

One interesting question was why the new atheist leaders are all white males. It explores female synthesis of belief in more than what we see,
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Todd Stockslager
Jun 08, 2015 Todd Stockslager rated it really liked it
Shelves: spiritual
"Why can't we all just get along", says Myers, as he dives right into the deep end of the Christian vs. anti-Christian pool. I use these terms specifically, because while consistent skeptics or atheists profess themselves against all "non-scientific" thinking, I have found that in their comments on my Amazon reviews that they have specifically attacked Christianity with a venom only attainable by those who have a faith-based interest in a competing belief system.

Myers does a reasonable job searc
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Louis Fritz v
Jun 08, 2013 Louis Fritz v rated it really liked it
David Myers is a Christian psychologists who presents an excellent explanation of the significance of God in the lives of individuals as well as challenges people to recognize how understanding God more fully will better develop individuals to respond to their world. In so doing, he presents a well-developed defense of his own personal beliefs in a scientific community typically portrayed as those who find religion as a creation of the human psyche. An excellent read for those looking to better ...more
Michael
Jan 22, 2010 Michael rated it liked it
This is a good read that should appeal to people of faith and skeptics. It's gentle and non-polemic, striving for the common ground and making a case that it's possible to be a Christian while being rational, discerning, and critical. My one caveat lector is the author's views on homosexuality and Christianity. I'd like to discuss and dialogue with the author further about his views in the light of biblical teaching.
Rachel
May 21, 2010 Rachel rated it liked it
This surpassed my expectations. I was expecting trite, pre-packaged platitudes. It did contain a few, but overall it was more open-minded and thoughtful than I would have expected from a book with this title ("friendly" and "musings" set off alarm bells for me).
Sem
Oct 17, 2010 Sem rated it it was ok
Shelves: religion, christian
Lacking in substance.
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...let's not judge so fast...
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David G. Myers is a professor of Psychology at Hope College in Michigan, and the author of 17 books, including popular textbooks entitled Psychology, Exploring Psychology, Social Psychology and several general-audience books dealing with issues related to Christian faith as well as scientific psychology.

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