The Christian Delusion: Why Faith Fails
Central is a defense of his "outsider test of faith," arguing that b ...more
(1) The book itself had a nice flow about it, making the transitions from chapter to chapter (and even part to part) fairly smooth in most places. (To be real specific, part 2 and its chapters all flowed so very well into part 3 and consequent chapters.)
(2) The author's are definitely passionate learners with strong convictions and I fell in love with their angst. (Robert Price became a bit unbearable to the point of loosing his scholarly rese ...more
If nothing else were to "sell" this book as one worth reading, the inclusion of two of my favorite academic atheist writers, Richard Carrier and Robert Price, does it nicely.
As with "The End of Christianity," which foll ...more
First read: July 11 - 30, 2010
Read it again in October, 2010.
"After all, every argument in support of religion has been shown to be inconclusive or demonstrably false, yet religion persists"
Christians who pick this up are more likely to put it down with greater confidence in their religious beliefs, not less. A few of the chapters are fine essays on their own. It's the ov ...more
Now that I've blown off some steam, I have posted a real book review on m ...more
The Christian Delusion by John Loftus happens to be the first book on atheist philosophy that I’ve ever taken the time to read. Prior to reading this book, I assumed that all philosophy was far outside my realm of understanding and that I’d never be one to buy such literature. However, I feel as though The Christian Delusion was fairly accessible to a teenage reader, such as me. That isn’t to say that it was an easy read; in fact, I found that if I tried to read this as quickly as I do with othe...more
“The Christian Delusion" is an extension of sorts to his previous great book “Why I Became an Atheist” but instead of going solo this time around John Loftus brings along some of his friends and these are good friends to have. A series of interesting essays by fantastic authors that support the main thesis of the book, that Christianity is a false belief. This 422-page book is broken out into the following five parts: Part 1. Why Faith Fails, Part 2. Why t ...more
Some chapters are better than others. At times the arguments made a ...more
The first set of essays concentrates on the role religion plays in a believer’s life. One of the better points made is that most ...more
It was an interesting read overall and got me thinking about the more cognitive and behavioral aspects of rel ...more
The most convincing chapters were the ones about the historical reliability of the bible and the resurrection story. Unfortunately in many places the evidence was selective. That is the authors failed to acknowledge some evidences for which they had no rebuttal. However this ...more
Chapters 8-14 could have stood alone and made The Christian Delusion a very worthwhile read.
Chapters which argue that the God of the Old Testament is very clearly a genocidal monster, that the Resurrection of Christ is thoroughly implausible, that Jesus failed in his apocalyptic predictions and that Atheism was not ...more
I suppose when it comes down to anyone trying to persuade me through the written word, I don't have a lot of patience for name-calling, or pettiness. Share your argument and let your argument do the talking. S ...more