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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 ebook or one other. certainly, the devoted frequently view changing others as a duty in their faith--and are proficient from an early age to unfold their detailed 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 handbook for developing Atheists deals the first-ever advisor now not for speaking humans into faith--but for conversing them out of it. Peter Boghossian attracts at the instruments he has constructed and used for greater than 20 years as a thinker and educator to educate the right way to have interaction the devoted in conversations that might aid them worth cause and rationality, solid doubt on their spiritual ideals, distrust their religion, abandon superstition and irrationality, and finally include cause.

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This is a problem that would be unimaginable in its scope and severity were it not for the fact that we’re currently witnesses to this epistemic horror show, such as the beheading of homosexuals, blasphemers, adulterers, and apostates and radically disproportionate treatment of individuals based upon their gender. Yet there is hope. Faith is slowly falling into disrepute. The forces of unreason are diminishing in number. Thousands of new Horsemen, Street Epistemologists, are emerging. DIG DEEPER Books Sam Harris, The End of Faith (Harris, 2004) Stephen Law, Believing Bullshit (Law, 2011) John W.

10 I n The God Delusion, for example, Horseman Dawkins provides a 1–7 scale, with 1 being absolute belief and 7 being absolute disbelief in a divine entity (Dawkins, 2006a, pp. 50–51). Dawkins, whom many consider to be among the most hawkish of atheists, only places himself at a 6. In other words, even Dawkins does not definitively claim there is no God. He simply thinks the existence of God is highly unlikely. A difference between an atheist and a person of faith is that an atheist is willing to revise their belief (if provided sufficient evidence); the faithful permit no such revision.

Hope is not the same as faith. Hoping is not the same as knowing. If you hope something happened you’re not claiming it did happen. When the faithful say, “Jesus walked on water,” they are not saying they hope Jesus walked on water, but rather are claiming Jesus actually did walk on water. Thought Challenge! In my May 6, 2012, public lecture for the Humanists of Greater Portland, I further underscored the difference between faith and hope by issuing the following thought challenge: Give me a sentence where one must use the word “faith,” and cannot replace that with “hope,” yet at the same time isn’t an example of pretending to know something one doesn’t know.

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