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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 arguments based on logic, common sense, philosophy, ethics, history and science. Atheist Universe avoids the esoteric language and l ...more
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Published August 4th 2006 by Ulysses Press (first published April 6th 2003)
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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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Lee Harmon
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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David
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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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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Marvin
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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Mo
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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Dan Arel
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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Michael
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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Julie
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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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
Sarah
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
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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David Melbie
Nov 05, 2012 David Melbie rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
Jeffrey Mark
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.
Zach
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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Ron
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
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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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Jackie Brady
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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Kristen
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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Mairi
Ideed ja mõtted ei olnud ju iseenesest halvad, kuid raamatu (autori) ameerikalik intensiivsus ärritas ja häiris. Loed lehekülje kaupa ja ikka tunned, et päeva suhtlusnorm on täis... Pealegi tekitas ta trotslikku soovi autorile vastu vaielda. Kuigi ma mõtteid pooldasin. Mis ta siis karjub sedasi mu sules!

Aga tasub täitsa lugeda - annab mõne selgemini sõnastatud mõttekäigu. Ehk ulatan lapsele edasi koos moraalisõnadega, et ärgu ta üle lehekülje või paari päevas lugegu.
Patrik
The book was a very clear and informative rebuttal of Creation Science and its newer version, Intelligent Design. The book provided both a broad outline of many of the "proofs" put forth by Creation Science (which I found to be informative, yet disturbing) and point-by-point rebuttals to these "proofs."

I found Mills' arguments that were based on physics, cosmology, and evolutionary science to be excellent and absolutely devastating to Creation Science.

I enjoyed less his more philosophical argum
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Joey
This is a good book to read if you want to understand why many atheists have problems with some of the claims Christians make. My favorite sections of the book were the interview with an atheist where many stereotypical questions and assumptions about atheists are addressed and the chapter on the myth of hell.

It was also refreshing to read a book where silly logic in Christian apologetics/reasoning is pointed out. I've used the very same logic for most of my life, so I somewhat felt silly readi
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Roy Klein
The title of the book faithfully describes the content. It's literally a direct take on all the famous Intelligent Design arguments and popular mystical perceptions of the origin of life and the universe.

I don't know how faithfully the Intelligent Design argument is represented; the author makes no effort to conceal his contempt of the ID proponents. It is possible that someone more versed in ID ideology might be able to articulate their position better than how the book does, but I personally h
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Rachel
I am an atheist mostly because I was brought up without religion or a belief in God. After going through school, I continued this belief. I hold it to be true today, I do not believe in a God.

However, I have never really had facts to back it up. This books gives you everything. It pulled together all the things I had thought about why don't believe in God more than just being brought up that way and states it all clearly. All the retorts I would have liked to have had at my brain's finger tips
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Derek Bridge
Everyone is an atheist. It's just that some people are more picky about which gods they don't believe in. Has Zeus revealed Himself to you lately?

In this cleary-written book, Mills covers most of the reasons why he, I and many others reject all gods. The cosmological arguments are unusually well-explained - in layman's terms.

The current facile tripe of arguing that Science is as much a Faith as Christianity, and that people who come out as unapologetically atheist (Dawkins, Hitchens, et al.) are
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Russ
A great primer on some of the larger issues (cosmology, evolution, and ID among others) where Atheists and Theists differ. Mills does a great job breaking down each issue and presenting very logical arguments for the Atheiest point of view.

Some of the topics I'd consider myself well-read on and Mills didn't say anything I hadn't heard before but even though I knew the points
he was going to make I enjoyed reading those sections anyway.

Other topics (like cosmology) I really haven't read much ab
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Garth
Feb 12, 2014 Garth rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone questioning religious fundamentalists.
Shelves: atheism
Great book. It you're this way inclined and would like answers to the misrepresentations of religious fundamentalists this is a great place to start. Very easy to follow.
Kc Chapa
Very interesting and intelligent book; I found myself trying to remember passages so I could have a conversation with my mother about this.
Scotto
I share the experience of the writer in that I grew up in a religious family and later rejected religion for the poisonous nonsense that it is. Only someone who was once living on the religious side of the fence can appreciate the horrendous ignorance and distortions that religion expouses.

This book is very useful for providing ammo when debating with my still-religious friends and family. You have to be batshit crazy to beleive in their kind of bullshit so rationality doesn't work very much. Th
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Brian
Very impressed with this work. David Mills takes a very coolheaded approach to addressing the ideas put forth by christians, creationists, ID Fundamentalist. He argues without being rude or terribly offensive, unless the subject he is debating is straight lies, perversion of fact, or manipulations of truth. He is very inteligent in his answers and always gives credit where it is due be it in support of the idea of this book or against it. I highly recommend reading this book regardless of your c ...more
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