By Peter Boghossian
For hundreds of thousands of years, the devoted have honed proselytizing options and talked humans into believing the reality of 1 holy booklet or one other. certainly, the trustworthy frequently view changing others as a duty in their faith--and are expert from an early age to unfold their designated model of faith. the result's an international damaged largely via unquestioned religion. As an urgently wanted counter to this tried-and-true culture of spiritual evangelism, A guide for growing Atheists bargains the first-ever consultant now not for conversing humans into faith--but for conversing them out of it. Peter Boghossian attracts at the instruments he has built and used for greater than two decades as a thinker and educator to educate tips to have interaction the devoted in conversations that would aid them worth cause and rationality, forged doubt on their non secular ideals, distrust their religion, abandon superstition and irrationality, and eventually include cause.
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8. Some noted atheists, like American historian Richard Carrier, view atheism as an identity (Carrier, 2012). Others, like Horseman Sam Harris, do not. My opinion is that self-identification as an atheist is a personal choice. ) I am frequently asked if atheism is part of my identity. ” As odd as it may seem, given this book, my career, and my speaking engagements, atheism is not a part of my identity. My lack of belief in leprechauns is also not part of my identity. I don’t define myself by what I don’t believe or what I don’t do.
For example, most of the people in Saudi Arabia are not pretending to know something they don’t know about the Koran. They’ve never encountered nor been given an opportunity to genuinely engage in competing ways of understanding reality. In a very real sense, they’re epistemological victims. Additionally, anyone reared by fundamentalist parents deserves credit for the exceptional struggle from indoctrination to enlightenment. 5. ” Given that the word “faith” is inherently problematic, I think this is an excellent strategy.
If Socrates were to hear this phrase, I imagine he’d say, “This may be conviction, but it is not an argument, not a crossexamination and test by scrutiny, but is a jump without any justification—without proof, and without earning it. ” 3. For more, see American mathematician James A. Lindsay’s, “Defining Faith via Bayesian Reasoning” (Lindsay, 2012). Lindsay provides a cogent analysis of faith using Bayes’ theorem. 4. The exceptions to this are those people who are not pretending. These individuals are either delusional, or they’re victims of a wholesale lack of exposure to alternative ideas and different epistemologies.
A Manual for Creating Atheists by Peter Boghossian