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Atheist Universe

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  3,591 Ratings  ·  115 Reviews
Clear, concise, and persuasive, Atheist Universe details exactly why God is unnecessary to explain the universe and life's diversity, organization, and beauty. The author thoroughly rebuts every argument that claims to "prove" God's existence a arguments based on logic, common sense, philosophy, ethics, history and science. Atheist Universe avoids the esoteric language and ...more
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Published August 6th 2006 by Ulysses Press (first published April 6th 2003)
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peiman-mir5 rezakhani
دوستانِ گرانقدر، این کتاب از 330 صفحه و 11 بخش تشکیل شده است، که در زیر به برخی از نوشته هایِ این کتاب اشاره میکنم و سپس در موردِ این موضوع چند خطی برایِ شما بزرگواران مینویسم
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اگر تنها یک نفر باور داشته باشد كه يک هستیِ جادویی بر جهان، از يک شهرِ جادویی، جایی كه پس از مرگ «روح های» ما به آنجا پرواز خواهد نمود، فرمانروایی ميكند، بدونِ شک به او همچون يک ديوانه نگريسته خواهد شد. ولی چون شمارِ بسياری به اين داستان باور دارند، چرندی و موهوم بودنِ اين پن
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peiman-mir5 rezakhani
دوستانِ گرانقدر، این کتاب از 330 صفحه و 11 بخش تشکیل شده است، که در زیر به برخی از نوشته هایِ این کتاب اشاره میکنم و سپس در موردِ این موضوع چند خطی برایِ شما بزرگواران مینویسم
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اگر تنها یک نفر باور داشته باشد كه يک هستیِ جادویی بر جهان، از يک شهرِ جادویی، جایی كه پس از مرگ «روح های» ما به آنجا پرواز خواهد نمود، فرمانروایی ميكند، بدونِ شک به او همچون يک ديوانه نگريسته خواهد شد. ولی چون شمارِ بسياری به اين داستان باور دارند، چرندی و موهوم بودنِ اين پن
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Lee Harmon
Jan 05, 2012 Lee Harmon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a well-written, concise, interesting overview of the argument against Christian fundamentalism … particularly Creationism.

How did the universe come into being? We don’t know. But new discoveries in quantum theory, as well as research done by Stephen Hawking and his colleagues, have demonstrated that matter can and does arise quite spontaneously from the vacuum fluctuation energy of “empty” space.

Intelligent Design? Mills states that “ID’s greatest triumph … has been in convincing the gen
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James
Outstanding! This is one of the best books I've found yet on this subject. The author doesn't take the caustic tone of some of his peers, but in a calm, pleasant but firm way shreds the arguments offered by creationists, intelligent design "scientists", and others arguing that Christian doctrine, and by extension that of other religions, is logically coherent or has any evidence or science to support it.

It's ironic - call it projection - that those spokespersons for religion always characterize
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Kelly

I read this book about two years ago, and the two things I remember most about it are 1) how completely fascinated and excited I was reading Mills' (extremely easily accessible) chapters on the Geologic Column and the age/creation/function of both the Earth and the universe at large, and 2) my utter bewilderment during the closing chapters, especially during the COMPLETELY RANDOM section on internet porn. Um. What. *sigh*

In addition, though interesting, I felt that the chapter on America's sordi
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David
May 13, 2009 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
David Mills, a soft-spoken, southern gentleman, Baptist-turned-atheist, seems an unlikely boxer in the heated battle over the existence of God, but his good-natured attitude serves his writing well, the reason for which Atheist Universe: The Thinking Person’s Answer to Christian Fundamentalism may be the most accessible of all atheist literature.

Having been a pious, devout religious follower in his youth, Mills is incredibly well-versed in both sides of the “to believe” or “not to believe” argu
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Marvin
Jul 04, 2010 Marvin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I came to this book by way of More Than a Theory: Revealing a Testable Model for Creation, astro-physicist / old earth creationist Dr. Hugh Ross' attempt to explain a scientific theory for Creationism. While I was entertained by Ross's love and explanations of astronomy and the universe, it all caem back to the logical fallacy of "it fits so well, God must have done it", a very unscientific conclusion. A friend suggested Atheist Universe as a rebuttal.

And an excellent rebuttal it is, David Mills
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Gary
Apr 28, 2015 Gary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Creationist believe silly things based on nothing but intuition and a belief system based on their revealed religion. Even among themselves they will argue about the placement of a comma and will accept what a book written thousands of years ago says over what science, common sense, reason, empirical data and rational thought processes show to be true.

It's incredible that people still reject the fact of evolution (the fossil record exist regardless of what people falsely may believe) and the The
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Julie
Feb 12, 2011 Julie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
David Mills is the perfect person to write this book. He was a southern Baptist in his youth, who could no longer ignore the cogent arguments of science and logic against the Bible. Although some reviewers here claim his tone is hostile, I believe it is just his attempt to warn others not to be duped like he was.

Actually, I agree with one of the other reviewers that the problem is one of projection. When a reader comes to a work with pre-concieved, strongly-held beliefs, they will automatically
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Michael
Apr 29, 2008 Michael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm quite glad I bought this book. I've been a firm believer in evolution since I became intellectually enlightened, but never really knew all that much about it. I've started to see many more creationist ideas in the news and in people around me, so it seemed like a good idea to learn a bit that would help me refute these ideas - if not just for my own sanity.

Scientifically, the book addresses whether one needs to posit God for credence of the Universe, the Earth, and the human species. He does
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Mo
Feb 16, 2008 Mo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this book really concise and logical in it's argument against religion. The only problem that I had with it was that it did (at times) have that 'religion/God is wrong and stupid and so is anyone that believes in it' kind of a feel, and I just can't appreciate that. I don't think that kind of sentiment enhances any atheists argument any more than it does a religious persons argument.

Luckily, that theme was not overly present in the book, most of it was very well thought out and relativel
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Sarah Clarke-Smith
Atheist Universe was exactly the book I hoped it would be. (A quick read with well researched/concise arguments supporting secularism.) However, I did not really love this book. The problem with the book can be summed up in its subtitle—“The Thinking Person’s Answer to Christian Fundamentalism.” Cheeky. I appreciate the shout out for being a “thinking person” for picking the book of such a topic up, but it also seemed pretty condescending to indicate that anyone who holds fundamental Christian b ...more
Dan Arel
Feb 03, 2012 Dan Arel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religion, philosophy
amazingly well written, sucks you in during the forward and you dont want to put down right up to the end.

Mills discusses creationism and ID head on, pointing out their idiotic and unscientific "logic" and doesn't even try to beat around the bush. he leaves the niceties at the door and rips their unintelligent ideas a new one.

his knowledge and use of science over belief will leave anyone in question, with plenty of new answers. Discussing evolution, the big bang, disputing th bibles "facts" and
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David Melbie
Oct 22, 2012 David Melbie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Humanity
Recommended to David by: Richard Dawkins
Anyone who quotes Frank Zappa is very cool by me but, that is not why I like this book. I like David Mills because he is funny! The bonus that accompanies these two features is that this book is scientifically accurate and very readable. It shall remain on my shelf. Keep in mind that I am not put off by his sneering tone against Fundamentalism; this is intended, trust me. In between all the jabs and left hooks there is remarkable wisdom presented here. I enthusiastically recommend this book to a ...more
Sarah
Mar 26, 2013 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was excellent,it was the most thorough critique of evolution and intelligent design that I have ever read. It makes the science behind evolution and the universe so easy to understand, and is very thorough in countering fundamentalist arguments. For a long time I wasn't sure about creation vs. evolution because I kept hearing so much about creation "science" but this book definitely put those doubts to rest. It reinforced my commitment to atheism and gave me a lot of ammunition for fut ...more
Paul
Aug 03, 2012 Paul rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
This books is great if you have that crazy coworker or facebook friend who is forwarding those wacky e-mails that tell you why evolution is wrong, or god is real, or the end of times is near, or whatever. The author gives some good counter-arguments to all that nonsense, so you can study up and prepare yourself for the inevitable confrontation with Mr. Crazy.

On the other hand, if you want a book about atheism or atheist thought, you're better off sticking with the big three: Sagan, Hitchens, or
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Melissa
This was a bit of an odd read for me. Some chapters bored me and I would set it down and read something else. Then returning to the book I found that I could barely put it down. There were some chapters I liked more than others but in every chapter I always learned something new while giving me new things to think about. So overall this was a great book and worth reading.
Jeffrey Mark
Nov 25, 2008 Jeffrey Mark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is by now a classic book in atheism. David Mills presents all the usual arguments plus many more in a book that's easy and fun to read. If you're questioning your beliefs, then this book will help you realize that maybe your belifs aren't valid. If you're already an atheist, then you'll enjoy the clarification that this book brings.
Plamen H.
Mar 21, 2013 Plamen H. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
God is simply the common word for human ignorance. Let that sink in.
Ana Rînceanu
This author throws shade at Creationism in a calm, scientific way.
Scott
Jan 04, 2017 Scott rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The logic and arguments are there, and I appreciate that Mills went out of his way to be concise. Unfortunately, the way he writes is a bit cold, and sometimes needlessly harsh. It's fine to make a blunt point or criticism, but there's an edge of superiority that in my view just doesn't need to be there.

Speaking of things that don't need to be there, in a book arguing against Christian fundamentalism and for atheism, it seems a bit out of place to have a chapter rebutting Christian concerns abou
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Douglas Berry
Feb 05, 2017 Douglas Berry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: social-studies
Mostly a book of rational responses to the claims made by fundamentalist Christians on topics like evolution, the existence of Hell, and the like. Well written, and a useful resource.
Book
Jun 26, 2011 Book rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: atheism-religion
Atheist Universe: The Thinking Person’s Answer to Christian Fundamentalism by David Mills

“Atheist Universe" is the excellent book that uses sound logic and concise language to methodically counter well-known Christian arguments and positions. Among the arguments he counters include creationism and Intelligent Design. David Mills has written a very sound thought-provoking book that is a lot of fun to read. This 272-page book is composed of the following eleven chapters: 1. Interview with an Athei
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Norman
Jan 06, 2017 Norman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Should be required reading for everyone not just the deluded.
Sam Eason
Aug 21, 2015 Sam Eason rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religion, non-fiction
Back in my school days, I felt overwhelming scepticism to the answers of such questions as how did the universe come to be? Or ‘why’ are we here? ‘God’ was the answer to every question I had on these topics I didn’t understand, and I was not satisfied with the answer.

I grew a bit older and started the long journey to seek out the answers to these questions and properly understand the subjects I craved to know.

The path I was undeniably led down was the scientific road to understanding. To gain kn
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Ron
Jun 26, 2010 Ron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For the most part, this is a very interesting and quite detailed exploration of the inadequacies and illogical notions that so-called fundamentalist Christians have about life, the universe and our place in it all. It's probably not for every reader, of course, especially if one holds hard & fast traditional beliefs of God and the nature of the universe. Discounting the mysterious & very personal aspect of "faith", the book looks at various fundamentalist Christian beliefs from a purely ...more
Zach
Jun 12, 2011 Zach rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The best part of this book is the beginning, a transcription of interviews Mills has given. Interviewed by Christian apologists, Mills is defending his beliefs, and in this mode he comes across as reasonable and polite.

The actual meat of the book, while successfully dismantling ID through sound logic, nonetheless seems more like a catfight than an intellectual debate. Mills' arguments are backed by science, and he points out clearly that religion is not, cannot be backed by legitimate scientific
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Kristen
Jun 13, 2008 Kristen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was in many ways yanked directly from my own thoughts. David Mills poses some very direct reasons for his being an atheist. The beginning chapters, I feel, were the most well written and well reasoned. The last few chapters, starting with the one on the existence of hell, started coming undone a little. It could also just have been me getting a little tired of the book itself. I don't know. :)

I do think he needs to discuss events such as out of body experiences or "past lives." How ar
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Craig Shields
My initial surprise was that this book, originally published in 2004, actually preceded the wave of New Atheist works by Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, and Daniel Dennett. It really should have been called "Atheist Nation", since Mills argues solely against Christian Fundamentalists of the American stripe (although I'm sure the same logical principles are applicable elsewhere). There were a few strawmen arguments that didn't hold up to the varieties of religious people I've k ...more
Jackie Brady
Jun 03, 2012 Jackie Brady rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books
This book is clearly written and logically argued, which is what Mills defines as his goals at the outset. It has a better-than-average explanation of the pre- Big Bang universe, though I still intend to investigate those particulars further.

I am endlessly baffled by the idea that so many people deny evolution, and I see it as entirely fruitless to discuss atheism (or anything intellectual) with such people. Some connection with rationality is necessary for someone to even consider atheism, so
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“Let's look at one more quick example of modern evolution at
work. In the early 1800s, light-colored lichens covered many of
the trees in the English countryside. The peppered moth was a
light-colored insect that blended in unnoticeably with the lichens.
Predators had great difficulty distinguishing the peppered moth
from its background environment, so the moths easily survived
and reproduced.
Then the Industrial Revolution came to the English country-
side. Coal-burning factories turned the lichens a sooty black. The
light-colored peppered moth became clearly visible. Most of them
were eaten. But because of genetic variation and mutation, a few
peppered moths displayed a slightly darker color. These darker
moths were better able to blend in with the sooty lichens, and so
lived to produce other darker-colored moths. In little over a hun-
dred years, successive generations of peppered moths evolved
from almost completely white to completely black. Natural selec-
tion, rather than "random accident," guided the moth's evolution-
ary progress.”
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