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The Reason Revolution: Atheism, Secular Humanism, and the Collapse of Religion

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This short book, only 8,000 finely crafted words, is destined to be one of the most cited and influential modern treatises on atheism and secular humanism. It focuses squarely on the inherent irrationality of religion, and reveals its utter irreconcilability with science. Offering several "reconciliation theories" to people of faith, it forces every reader to make a choice ...more
Published July 2nd 2014 by Smashwords Edition
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Dan Dana
Jul 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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I applaud Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris, Darrel Ray, and other atheist authors for their excellent contributions to what I call the Reason Revolution. My small book, only a 30-minute read, is intended for people who may not have the time or interest to undertake a multi-hundred-page book on atheism. It concisely poses nine science-based “reasons for skepticism” to stimulate readers’ thinking about the plausibility of their beliefs, and offers several “reconciliation theories” ...more
Jul 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Religious people may not read Dawkins, Harris or Hitchens, but they might read Dana. His nine 'reasons for skepticism' are an excellent basis for discussions with religious friends, especially Reason #4: The Accidental Human Population.
Jul 08, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Nothing special

I'm not religious, but I would not recommend this book for anyone. I did not find these essays overly helpful, enlightening, or respectable. There are better and more objective resources. I would ask anyone reading this book to have no expectations about it and to do much more reading than just this.
Gary Sudeth
One man's crusade to inflict his utopia onto others

I believe every person of faith should read a book of this nature. Not to "open your mind" or to "challenge you to serve your God more faithfully", but to wake you up to the notion that the best thing you can do for humanity is to leave your neighbor, and everyone else, alone. I neither doubt, nor question, the author's earnestness and goodwill. But his utopian notion that secular humanism is the answer to man's ill will toward one another disre
May 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Put away your cognitive biases and open your mind!

A very compelling, engaging book that touches on the most important issues facing humanity today in politics and foreign policy with regard to human secularism. This book talks about how human secularism is based on rational thought free of religious cognitive biasing and how the aforementioned issues would be better decided by scientifically-literate, sane politicians.
Doug Pahl
May 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book on reason

Dan Dana is an excellent writer on reason. I recommend this book for those who have an open mind. Thank you.
Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This is one of 3 treatises I greatly respect, and it is the best argument I've heard for secular humanism as an alternative world view to religious philosophies.
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Great read if you are open minded. What are your feelings about religion? Do you see a conflict between religious doctrine and science?
It's churlish to slate a free book which is, after all, entertaining and may do some good. But to invite sub-300 word responses is to disparage them in advance. If this is to prompt a serious discussion Dana must expect serious responses, but I don't imagine there'll be very many.

I agree that, despite Swift's warning that you can't reason someone out of a position they weren't reasoned into, it's worth trying, but this book won't do it. For one thing, the tired old contention that we're all ath
Mark Abrams
Jul 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this 36 page short book which offered reason and science as an alternative to faith based reasoning. It was told with tolerance, respect and understanding for all beliefs. It was refreshing to read a treatment of religion by a non-theist which did not portray believers in religion to just be wrong, deluded, and misguided. Most humanists, agnostics, and atheists would agree with this author.
Jun 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Evidence of human rationality is sadly lacking.

To suppose we'll abandon our irrationality is irrational.

Why a word count on a review? That makes no sense at all.
David Chapman
An interesting and thought provoking books. It is quite short and well worth reading.

I would recommend this to anyone.
Graeme Nixon
Jan 04, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Naive atheistic views

Higher RMPS pupil could make a better fist of this. Religion,supernatural or not, will persist for as long as we need to be held.
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Dan Dana is retired from a career that encompassed psychology, teaching, mediation, corporate training, and business entrepreneurship. He is the author of three books on workplace mediation and several conflict resolution curricula. Born in 1945 to a Protestant family in rural Missouri, his life experiences include:
• Serving in the U.S. Army in Vietnam (noncombat) and Panama Canal Zone (1966-1968)

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