This is a short but brilliant little book. It only took a couple of hours for me to get through and I really did fly through it.
Sitting at 128 pages, it is jam-packed full of simple arguments which are aimed to help refute religious propositions for a deity. If I am to be honest, many of these propositions I have thought over and attempted to use on myself as I went through my deconversion. I found I would cling to anything to give me hope in God for a few more moments.
Mr Navabi does a great job of providing a good number of sources for each chapter, which has definitely been used to bolster my ‘future reading’ wish list on Amazon. I would have enjoyed some further footnotes to back up the ideas brought from the religious camp (that Mr Navabi refutes) so that I could read both sides of the battle lines a little more.
It is short, simple, low priced and linked to a really vibrant Atheist community. To me, it seems perfectly placed to help those are struggling with losing their faith and looking for resources to see them through that season.
I bought this on Kindle and am sure I will refer to my highlights time and time again. I did find a few instances where this current version on Amazon Kindle (September 2019) seemed to have poor grammar, spelling and other mistakes within the text. Possibly due to an older version before being fully edited getting uploaded rather than the same version as the printed one. Who knows… regardless, it didn’t take away from the read, but I definitely noticed it and I am very dyslexic.
A few of my favourite quotes:
‘If morality truly stemmed from an all-powerful deity, it would not change over time.’ – So true, and it really does stick the point home – our morality does evolve with our culture, it is not a statutory thing, it is constantly moving, and we need to adapt with it. Which puts the Bible in a difficult position. I guess this is why there are so many religious books aimed at re-explaining the morality portions of Scripture to the followers of specific religions – you need to keep re-explaining and refitting ancient religious ideas within an evolving culture, but at some point, it just won’t fit.
‘Simply stated, the truth is true even if no one believes it, and untrue claims are still untrue even if everyone believes them.’ – I have said this to myself SO many times, along with thoughts like; So & So believes in God and they are far more clever than me, surely it is true (yes this is also tackled within Mr Navabi’s book).
‘Religions demand perfect evidence from anyone rebutting their claims but offer none for their own claims. If faced with convincing evidence in favor of any deity, we should reconsider our position. But we need to ask questions and go where the evidence leads us, rather than try to lead the evidence where we like. By questioning everything, we follow the evidence, rather than trying to force the evidence to fit our presupposed conclusions.’ – If you love your religion or faith, then this is dangerous. I started down this path and I lost my faith. Apologetics is dangerous as it demands multiple steps, and steps can take you away from where you thought you were going to go.
The arguments within this book are designed to get you thinking and don’t seem to be given in order to cover and solve every possible element that could be brought to the religious statements. I like this, I already had one book that people claimed was the final word on everything – now I get to discover, think and come to my own understanding.
Give it a read, it really won’t take you long.
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Thanks for taking the time to read my blog. It has taken me a few years to get to a place where I am able to share my loss of faith and to start writing about the journey that I am still on for you all. I hope you find it useful.
Grammar, spelling, capitalisation and punctuation: I am massively dyslexic. It has taken me years to get to the level I am currently at with writing and I have done this mainly through reading. I want to be better and ask you, reader, to please forgive any errors in my writing. I hope you notice improvement upon improvement over the coming years.
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