A Manual for Creating Atheists

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Pitchstone Publishing (US&CA), Jul 1, 2014 - Philosophy - 280 pages
For thousands of years, the faithful have honed proselytizing strategies and talked people into believing the truth of one holy book or another. Indeed, the faithful often view converting others as an obligation of their faith—and are trained from an early age to spread their unique brand of religion. The result is a world broken in large part by unquestioned faith. As an urgently needed counter to this tried-and-true tradition of religious evangelism, A Manual for Creating Atheists offers the first-ever guide not for talking people into faith—but for talking them out of it. Peter Boghossian draws on the tools he has developed and used for more than 20 years as a philosopher and educator to teach how to engage the faithful in conversations that will help them value reason and rationality, cast doubt on their religious beliefs, mistrust their faith, abandon superstition and irrationality, and ultimately embrace reason.

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This is a great book for so many reasons. Firstly, it is empathic. Boghassian treats those he is trying to rescue, from what he describes as a "faith virus", with respect, a willingness to listen, and ... Read full review

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The book delivers everything it promises and more. The big bonus is a chapter on faith and the academy in which the author brilliantly describes "Contemporary Academic Leftism: how criticizing bad thinking became immoral."


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Peter Boghossian is a full-time faculty member in the philosophy department at Portland State University.

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