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Atheist Universe: The Thinking Person's Answer to Christian Fundamentalism

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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 use
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Paperback, 272 pages
Published August 4th 2006 by Ulysses Press (first published April 6th 2003)
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Marvin
Jul 04, 2010 rated it liked it
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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Kelly
Feb 06, 2011 rated it it was ok

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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Julie
Feb 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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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Lee Harmon
Jan 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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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David
May 13, 2009 rated it really liked it
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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Michael
Apr 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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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Gary  Beauregard Bottomley
Apr 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
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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Mo
Feb 16, 2008 rated it really liked it
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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Plamen H.
Mar 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
God is simply the common word for human ignorance. Let that sink in.
Danial Tanvir
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
i really liked this book.
i actually bought it from a book shop in bangkok,thailand.
i read it in one day.
it is a 2004 book by david mills,
it was a bestseller among other atheist books.
it starts off by talking about a paper cut that the person has.
talks about various writers who write on this subject.
this was another brilliant book on atheism.
it is actually a long conversation between a person who is the interviewer and david mills.
the author tells us about his views on religion and about how he i
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Sarah Clarke-Smith
Sep 22, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Michelle
Jul 25, 2018 marked it as did-not-finish
Shelves: atheism
I like the first chapter of the book and I wish the remainder of the book stayed on that course but the book droned on and on like a boring college lecture on evolution. I just could not finish it.
Book
Jun 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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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Terry Lewis
Mar 12, 2018 rated it did not like it
From the blurbs on the front, and the ringing endorsement of this work as “an admirable work” by none other than Richard Dawkins himself, I expected a solid, scientifically sound treatise on the best evidence for atheism. Sadly, this is far from what I found. The author suggests in the introduction that the book will be labeled an “outrage” by theists because of the devastating evidence presented against the existence of deity. The outrage, however, is the laughably bad science, innumerable logi ...more
Zach
Jun 12, 2011 rated it liked it
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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David Melbie
Oct 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
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 rated it it was amazing
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 rated it liked it
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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Jeffrey Mark
Nov 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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.
Fred
Oct 23, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
The first chapter is really interesting and gripping. Unfortunately after that it tapers off slowly. As other reviewers have pointed out, the chapter about online porn is strangely out of place in this book.
Terry Dunn
Oct 11, 2013 rated it liked it
Well written arguments. Very clear on creationism, geologic column and ID. Contains a few chapters that seem out of place, but overall a good read.
Ana
This author throws shade at Creationism in a calm, scientific way.
Kc Chapa
Oct 17, 2014 rated it liked it
Very interesting and intelligent book; I found myself trying to remember passages so I could have a conversation with my mother about this.
Jimyanni
Nov 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: philosophy
Disappointing. First, let it be understood: I AGREE with Mills. I am an atheist, or at least an agnostic, depending on the strictness of your definitions and my mood at the time, and maybe what day of the week it is. And it is true; this book does what the cover blurb says it does: it "makes the case against Intelligent Design", and is "The Thinking Person's Answer to Christian Fundamentalism". What it fails to do, however, is to make the case for atheism. Mills spends his entire book shooting d ...more
Wendell Pierson
Aug 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-favorites
This book is an unapologetic critique of christian fundamentalism. It is a point by point analysis of many of the arguments for and against the existence of a God. The focus of this book is mostly on Christianity rather than other modern religions. It is well organized and well thought out. The arguments presented throughout the book by the author are compelling and convincing. Some parts of the book are simple with discussions of many of the traditional arguments against the existence of a God ...more
Prooost Davis
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a remarkably good book (much better than the Good Book) by a person who is not a trained scientist, logician, or philosopher. It a good example of the expertise an individual can gain on his or her own.

Subtitled The Thinking Person's Answer to Christian Fundamentalism, the book is, in the main, an attack on Intelligent Design.
Brian Wimsatt
Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome book

This book described exactly how I feel about religion. I would not recommend this book to just anyone. It could definitely offend the majority of people in today’s world. Having said that, if you are 100% atheist like me, you will love this book.
Keith
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Clear, logical, and well-argued, slightly repetitive at times. Accessible and not over-intellectual, as some of this genre are. Particularly interesting sections are the “Myth of Hell” and “Intelligent Design.”
Noah McClintock
May 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you want a basic run-down of all the atheist arguments, this is the book you want. Great book. Probably the best atheist book I've read along with Hitchen's God is Not Great.
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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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