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Why There Is No God: Simple Responses to 20 Common Arguments for the Existence of God

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• "Science can't explain the complexity and order of life; God must have designed it to be this way."
• "God's existence is proven by scripture."
• "There's no evidence that God doesn't exist."
• "God has helped me so much. How could none of it be true?"
• "Atheism has killed more people than religion, so it must be wrong!"

How many times have you heard arguments like thes
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Published October 6th 2014 by Atheist Republic
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Nocturnalux I assume that by 'choosing death over life' you are referring to an afterlife. If so, then 'choosing death' merely means accepting that there is no…moreI assume that by 'choosing death over life' you are referring to an afterlife. If so, then 'choosing death' merely means accepting that there is no reason to at all believe that there such a thing as a continuation of a person's individual identity or consciousness after death. If anything, neuroscience points in the opposite direction: that once the brain stops functioning, whatever there is of an individual's 'self' disappears.

As an aside, realizing that you won't live forever is not 'choosing death', it is fully accepting the limits of the life we do have and to treasure it for the gift it can be. You only have one life that will eventually end, this makes life all the more precious and valuable.(less)

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Rod
Apr 25, 2016 rated it did not like it
NOPE, not one reason why there is no GOD to be found in this entire book. Just a bucket of failed atheistic thinking. Just to be clear, here is the title of this book:

Why There Is No God : simple responses to 20 common arguments for the existence of GOD

My joy is to go through all 20 arguments and see where X-muslim (New atheist) Armin Navabi went wrong. Hint: he didn't find 20 GOOD arguments. He did what richard dawkins and other enlightened - desperate for a win - atheists attempt: find the eas
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Ben
Oct 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
"Not knowing the answer to a question is not a valid excuse for making up a fairytale to explain it."

This is a relatively short book (96 pages) by Armin Navabi, but it still manages to cover a wide range of topics in a clear and concise manner. It dismantles each archetypal argument regarding the existence of God and offers you enough ammunition to respond to the usual unsubstantiated claim by a religious peer without becoming unstuck.

Navabi's ability to point out the internal errors, inconsiste
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Rafael
May 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So this was a fast read and not just because is a short one but because is good, as an atheist it has most of the arguments one commonly use to defend his position, it also has very accurate answers to the most common questions theists use when defending their beliefs, rational and well gather information rule this book of answers, I highly recommend it. One extra point for this book is the outrageous comments reviews of believers, its just funny how pissed off they become when they realize that ...more
Wayne Barrett
Mar 22, 2017 rated it it was ok

I am disappointed because, as the title suggests, this was supposed to be "simple responses" but to me it read more like an impersonal, technical document.
Peter Caron
Jan 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
I read this having already spent a great deal of time and effort on understanding the cases for and agaist belief in God. Many of these 20 arguments can be found in much greater detail in the "standard" works of this century and the last; Dawkins, Hitchens, Sagen, et al. But Navibi does something important here. He has presented the reader with short, clear and logical arguments against the most popular delusions associated with religious beliefs which can be used to defend yourself against the ...more
Jordan Lindfors
Dec 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book. The arguments aren't new but the way the author goes about it is. Most of the atheist books I've read have used a data driven approach to refuting religious debates. They always state facts and figures around evolution or how Denmark is highly ranked in every form of a healthy society yet being mainly atheist. In this book however, the author uses a more philosophical approach to each response. It was a refreshing thing to read because of that. It really makes you sit b ...more
Moataz Harb
Jan 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: god
From the very beginning no one can miss the simplicity of the book and the straight-to-the-topic style. It's as the author said; CONCISE.

It's my first book on the topic written by a "former Muslim". One of the counter arguments made by Muslims is that some of atheists' books are written to attack and ridicule Christianity and that to them is beneficial for then they provide answers to such arguments saying that if you say such and such in the Bible is nonsense we also believe it to be so and our
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Louis
Aug 09, 2015 rated it liked it
Why There is No God (Simple Responses to 20 Common Arguments for the Existence of God) by Armin Navabi

This is a “short and to the point” book. Each of the arguments is briefly stated and then a counter argument is given discussing the fallacies of the original argument.

If one has read much on this subject I would suggest giving this book a pass. But I do think the book has value. The author states that he hopes it can be used as a topic starter for believers and non-believers. I agree with his
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Travis Rainwater
Dec 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Most atheist will be familiar with the arguments in this book, but Navabi gives clear and concise responses. It helped me clarify my own thinking. I usually try to avoid books that I know will reinforce what I already think, but I am glad I read this as I beleive it will help me be more "to the point" in future debates with beleivers.
Abdulrahman Alrehan
Sep 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Good entry to understand the point of view and arguments of atheism. It's like a little booklet that takes questions and arguments by deists and then explain the counter argument of atheists in few pages. Its not the best writing you will ever encounter, nor have original thoughts, yet it does it's purpose quite well for what it is.

Its really good to read something we are not used to, to think and see the point of few of others makes it good point to start conversation, build bridges, and expand
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Tim Bergmann
May 26, 2015 rated it did not like it
The only good thing about this book is that it'a short, easy read.

And regardless of which side you fall on, this book doesn't deliver anything new or in depth. In fact, a lot of the arguments are incredibly weak. I would even go so far as to say that one of the arguments is probably the single worst argument in the history of the debate between atheism and theism.

That being the example of from chapter 1, the example of John Conways game, Game of Life, a computer program designed to make seemingl
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Ryan
Feb 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I just finished reading this book and I absolutely loved it. I have recently finished reading Demon Haunted World by Carl Sagan and this was an excellent chaser! I come from a very fundamentalist christian family and really needed a book like this that speaks objectively rather than just god-bashing and speaking negatively of believers, as most of my life I was one. I showed my wife the cover of this book yesterday and just laughed as I told her that I would have NEVER allowed myself to consider ...more
Leslie Patrick
Dec 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I haven't read much atheist literature, so I found this book to be really fascinating. Having been raised in a fundamentalist household where questioning the Bible was off limits or answered with "you must have faith" (but never a concrete answer), I feel like my questions were finally answered with the truth. In my opinion, the book is made more interesting because it is written by a man who was a die-hard Muslim, but when he began to intensely research religion, he found grievous inconsistenci ...more
C.H.E. Sadaphal
May 15, 2015 rated it it was ok
The bottom line: If you’re looking for new revelations, an intellectual challenge, or a mature argument, then look elsewhere.

Why There Is No God: Simple Responses to 20 Common Arguments for the Existence of God is a disservice to both atheists and believers.

It does injustice to atheists by providing superficial, terse, and porous responses to common arguments for God’s existence. And almost all of the arguments for God that the author does respond to are purely ... http://www.chesadaphal.com/why
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Jean-Pierre
Dec 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A brief but clear and pretty well-documented overview, and rational, systematic rejection, of the arguments invoked by believers (whether Muslim or Christian) to support their claims for existence of God.
Zachary Campbell
It provided thought provoking ideas and helped to give a different perspective from a former Muslim.
Richard Anderton
Jan 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Why I liked this book.

This book was easy too read short and to the point. I liked how relevant the questions are very common questions are answered.




Katie Phillips
Feb 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The simplicity of this book is great. I live in a very Catholic community and this book has some great ammunition. Every point is clearly articulated and straight to t be point.
Alicia Fox
Dec 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
This is an incredibly short read, laying out the basic arguments against a deity, without too much philosophical meandering.
Andrew
Jan 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Terse, concise, and direct. I also enjoyed the biographical section at the end.
Alan
Feb 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Great read. A great refresher on the common excuses Christians tend to use. It is great to be able to use the Bible to show how it can not logically be true.
Crystal Starr Light
Jan 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook, non-fiction
Bullet Review:

Really informative, clear and concise.
Abbas
Oct 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was more like an article than a book. It has good arguments against Religion but in a general manner. It still was nice to listen to.
William Nist
May 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religious
As a questioning theist investigating atheism, your head is probably swirling with arguments and thoughts about your possible conclusions. You hear podcasts, see UTube videos, maybe go to lectures and read books, that attempt to refute theistic arguments. But it is confusing and maybe overwhelming.

This slim volume is a very handy compendium of most of the propositions and claims that atheists make. Dealing with 20 of the most common issues that face the budding atheist, this book is very helpfu
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Priest Apostate
Mar 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
The book delivers on what it offers: simple, accessible responses, to most of the Christian apologetic attempts presented. Because the stances haven't really changed all that much (it isn't as if there has been any major breakthrough in proving the existence of God - for millennia), this book details the flaws in each argument straightforwardly, and in a non-polemical manner.

I also liked how there was a commentary on certain points of Islam, from a voice of authority, as the author is a former
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Jason Schneeberger
Nov 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Quick and to the point, WHY THERE IS NO GOD didn't really leave me with much in the way of new incite to how I already feel or think, but it was nice to have a side by side comparison to both sides of the coin on these 20 questions that the book aims to answer.

The best and most intriguing part of the book for me, other than the authors personal account of his path to Atheism, was the chapter on The Transcendental Argument for God. I had never heard this Christian argument for the existence of G
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Arash Narchi
Dec 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015, theism, religion
The arguments presented in the book voice the many debates on atheism. Armin argues from a strong standpoint referencing classical and contemporary thought leaders in different disciplines. His arguments are sound and I agree with all them. My only challenge with it was that I wish it wasn't as short, I was hungry for more after consuming chapters that I thought were too short (granted Armin states that this book is intended to be short and he will write in more depth for his 2 future books). A ...more
Khawla Bouaziz
Jan 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Jacob
Sep 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book is a great beginner's guide to the most common atheist rebuttals to Christian arguments. It was a joy to read. This book alone probably doesn't have enough detail to convert someone into atheism, but it provides the resources for further study. He cites websites throughout to go to for further study. I would recommend this book to anyone, including believers. It would be a great source for someone of faith to learn atheistic responses to questions of faith. They could gain the leg up i ...more
Mark Sebert
May 11, 2015 rated it liked it
Well I am not atheist, more of an agnostic theist/ deist who leans towards theological noncognitivsm (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theologi...). Personally I defy simple labels, and I have my own theories. I flux in my views. But as a whole I do agree with these arguments. This book is just as it suggests - simple responses - but they are invaluable to the overall question of the existence of God. In some ways it is a good primer on logical thinking. As a whole I find have been even more convinc ...more
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Armin Navabi is a former Muslim from Iran and the founder of Atheist Republic, a non-profit organization with over one million fans and followers worldwide that is dedicated to offering a safe community for atheists around the world to share their ideas and meet like-minded individuals.

Armin was born and raised in the Islamic Republic of Iran and was indoctrinated thoroughly in the Muslim traditio
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“Not knowing the answer to a question is not a valid excuse for making up a fairytale to explain it.” 11 likes
“Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away.” This touches on the heart of the argumentum ad populum fallacy. Physical reality does not require belief to sustain it, and belief will not modify the rules of the universe.” 3 likes
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