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How to Be an (A)theist: Why Many Skeptics Aren't Skeptical Enough

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Atheists talk a lot about the importance of skepticism. But the truth is, they're not nearly skeptical enough.

While they champion the importance of a critical stance toward religion, they often fail to take that same stance toward their own beliefs. This double standard results in grandiose claims about the certainty of unbelief. However, their confidence in the rational s
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Published February 29th 2016 by Crossway Books
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Daniel It does seem the book is just a religious book disguised as a book promoting skepticism. I guess the author thinks he can trick people into reading it…moreIt does seem the book is just a religious book disguised as a book promoting skepticism. I guess the author thinks he can trick people into reading it by creating a false sense of what it's actually encouraging.(less)
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Rick Sam
Feb 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: christian, philosophy
Mitch's goal in this book is to show Atheists, sceptics are not consistent or skeptical enough, I think he has given a good base for it.

Personally, I think Atheists are good people, some are really loving but I am not interested in that, but more on the system of beliefs when challenged.
If you are an Atheist, be a consistent one, and you'll find areas in this book, where Mitch says, it can't stand firmly. Lastly, Mitch ends with, Be it, what's the point?

He covers a wide array of subjects on Sc
Nov 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, kindle, apologetics
Stokes argues in this book, not "how to be an atheist" but how to be a consistent atheist. He argues that atheists don't follow their presuppositions to their logical conclusions--namely, they are not skeptical enough about the ability of science to answer the questions they ask of it. Not only that, but atheists are too credulous about the ability of a naturalistic worldview to explain morality and meaning.

Scientists, and especially atheists, like to position themselves as skeptical about truth
Ryan Hawkins
Jun 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
It’s hard not to give a book like this 5 stars because of how informative it was. I love apologetics and am decently well learned in that area. But when it comes to the history of science, scientific theories, and topics such as the differences between Hume and Newton and Einstein, I know very little. So, this book was very instructive in this area, and he did a great job showing why naturalist science-only people should be more skeptical than they are, and why they cannot say science disproves ...more
May 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'll merely loudly say "Amen!" to John Frame's review: "This book deals with some highly technical matters in a learned way, but with wit and clarity. I profited from it very much."

Bonus points for being written in a way which would make me comfortable handing it to a friend who is actually an atheist. I think it would provoke a good conversation rather than just be inflammatory.
Sean Higgins
This book requires thinking work, but is unrelenting to the point and interspersed with Calvin and Hobbes cartoons. I enjoyed thinking about brains in vats and how philosophy is inescapable to science, and more science-people should acknowledge it.
Bob O'bannon
Jun 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Stokes’ main objective is to show that atheists, who often pride themselves in their skepticism, are actually not skeptical enough. They are skeptical of religious claims, of course, but they are rarely skeptical of scientific claims, even though there is good reason to do so, which is what Stokes aims to show.

For instance, Stokes asks if primates should be good at science. In other words, if, according to evolution, we have evolved solely for the task of survival, then why would our minds come
Patrick S.
May 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: apologetics, own
Mitch Stokes is an author and philosopher that I will pretty much read anything by now because of this book. Stoke's contention in this book is that those atheists who take seriously that science is the only way we can know things, that reason is a useful tool, and that a moral standard exists are not taking their beliefs seriously. Naturalists need to actually take their beliefs to their necessary conclusions to be consistent in saying what they believe is actually what they believe.

Stokes humo
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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May 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well thought through and accessible

This is a well thought out and readable explanation of differing views of what science is, how theories function, and the limitations of what it can and cannot prove. Science is a gift and has made our lives better in many ways but it cannot and should not be seen as the only source of knowledge and wisdom for our lives. We need not denigrate science in order to keep its limitations well in sight. Like any tool it can and has been misused by those who use it f
Steve Herreid
May 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book had so much promise, but in the end it was only OK.

The author addresses two hot button issues in Christian apologetics (science and morality). He strikes me as a sophisticated philosopher (good), and he tries to simplify his arguments so that any layperson can understand them (good). However, I found him to have a quirky writing style which detracted from the force of his arguments (although I agreed with them).
Jan 29, 2018 rated it did not like it
This dude loves Hume and bases his entire argument for skepticism off of that “philosophy.” Not only was it boring but the irony of saying “Humes’s philosophy is the only scientific ‘process’ that holds any water” is obviously lost on this guy. I almost threw this book in frustration because of that.

Some of the points were valid, including “If we are at a point in scientific theory based on proving past scientific theory incorrect, what makes us think that process is over?” (Paraphrasing) The b
Andreas F
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Esse é um livro que te dá muito material para que penses e repenses não somente tuas crenças, mas também a importância da união entre ciência e religião e o porquê essa união só tem a nos enriquecer. Calcado em várias fontes e muito bem escrito. Recomendo para aqueles que estão em dúvida quanto a fé, ou para quem quer conhecer mais sobre um ponto de vista teísta da vida.
Joshua Nuckols
Jan 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good for the hardcore atheists . . .
Carleton Raisbeck
Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An excellent book. Objectively.
Zach Barnhart
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
As Christians, it is difficult to sometimes know how to move the ball forward in terms of proving the existence of God among skeptical culture. We feel that in order to defend God against atheists and agnostics, we must be well-versed in the areas of science and philosophy going into these arguments. But not only this; unfortunately, it seems that many of these arguments become immature, childish name-calling from one side to the other, and vice versa. If we ever want to progress towards truth, ...more
Eric Fults
Feb 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Good book for the topic it covers. Not an all-encompassing apologetic but it does handle very well the topic it addresses: the hypocrisy of modern skepticism and the failure of naturalists to follow their logic through fully. He addresses how skeptics have chosen to be skeptical over the areas they choose to be skeptical over and neglecting to soberly and skeptically look at the areas they don't want to (namely, the outcome of following their logic through fully). Great for the topic it addresse ...more
Feb 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
The title of this book is not very helpful, but the subtitle does a good job of getting at the book's theme. The text is more or less divided into half. The first half addresses cosmology and other aspects of physics, questioning whether advances in these fields have truly precluded theism, as many claim. We should be skeptical that advances have indeed "accomplished" such a thing. There is just far too much that we do not know (hence the need for more skepticism); heck, at this point quantum th ...more
Scott McFaddin
Jun 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great depth into a different worldview

I thank Mitch Stokes for writing this book. It is a tough read in that it digs deep into lots of philosophical and scientific theories (and the definition of what a theory really is), which is not a typical topic for me. However, Stokes does a great job reminding us of the arguments, similarities, and differences between all of these throughout the book. Plus, he has a unique voice and tone that comes through the pages (even reading his footnotes is enjoyabl
Jun 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
While the logical implications of naturalism on morality and reasoning seem obvious, there are significant philosophical issues involved in this question. Stokes deals with the historical philosophical heavyweights on the issues of knowledge, reason, morality and spiritual dualism. Stokes shows the the inconsistency in many skeptics in their skepticism - they are only willing to take their skepticism so far, but not to the logical conclusion of their view.

This is a bit deeper than a popular-leve
Seth Mcdevitt
This is a gloriously logical and thoughtful apologetic work. Christians need not fear the world, we have the light. Mr.Stokes is not afraid of the darkness. He began the slog on our behalf. This would be good for any Christian to read for self edification, as well as a good and thoughtful gift for anyone who is in the process of witnessing to an atheist. I would also suggest that if your new to philosophy or apologetics that you first read Mitch Stoke's, "A Shot of Faith To The Head." This book ...more
Lewis DeGoffau
Nov 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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You can tell Mitch Stokes loves his audience (both those who agree with him and those he is trying to convince) by how honest, sincere, careful, thorough, and insightful he is.
David Long
Mar 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An absolute must read. In this volume, Mitch Stokes, examines issue after issue where atheistic naturalism fails as a coherent worldview.
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Sep 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Very heavy on the science, pretty sure i learned more from this book than all of high school science class. Being skeptical isn't a bad thing. But he points out that some are highly skeptical about Christianity yet dont apply the same level of skepticism to there own beliefs.
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Dr. Stokes received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in 1992 and an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Central Florida in 1994. While serving as an advanced and senior engineer in Florida in the 1990s, Dr. Stokes took theological courses at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando. He went on to complete an M.A. in Religion (Philosophy of Religion) ...more
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