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S a cultural institution To date this is the first and only mainstream book in which a nonbeliever criticizes atheism and affirms religion An Atheist Defends Religion persuasively argues that religion is overwhelmingly beneficial for humanity regardless of whether God exists based on a new paradigm of 10 affirmative dime I found this an odd book and couldn't decide whether I really liked it or whether it was just okay Author Bruce Sheiman is an atheist He simply cannot bring himself to believe in a supernatural God Yet he feels that man is than just another animal crawling on the surface of an insignificant planet revolving around an unregarded yellow star in an obscure corner of an obscure galaxy He has a gut feeling that human existence has a purpose and a meaning He says all people feel the same way and most of them find purpose and meaning in religion He proceeds to examine religion from the outside and investigate whether on the whole religion has been better for mankind than no religionThe first five chapters deal with the benefits of religious belief and behaviour supplying meaning to life; fostering compassion; offering union with the divine; offering health benefits longevity and general well being and advancing the cause of human rights In general I have no doubt that religion has been important and beneficial to many people in the past and present I don't agree with his claim that everybody yearns for some external objective purpose and meaning to their lives however I am willing to admit that I am in a very small minority in feeling that waySheiman then spends some chapters discussing religious and atheist extremism and how most people are in a happy middle somewhere The extremists in both camps are getting all the press however He does lament that in current day America at least science has been positioned as the enemy of religion and most people find religion easier to believe than science is to understand So the majority choose religion over science he offers the surprising statistic that only about half of Americans know that the Earth revolves around the sun and that the duration of each revolution is the basis for the length of the yearHis final few chapters examine the uestion of whether life and evolution have a purpose He concludes that they do but tries to find a way to frame his belief without resorting to GodThere is much I agree with here including the benefits of religion to the vast majority of believers I also agree that religion is probably not going to fade away He admits that he doesn't have the answers for how atheists should reconcile themselves to religion or interact with believers I feel his attempt to reconcile science and religion are clumsy and unsatisfying I'm not sure a reconciliation is possible or needed In the end believers and atheists will just have to agree to disagree Submitting to the Wolves (Wolf Mountain, only mainstream book in which a nonbeliever criticizes atheism and affirms religion An Atheist Defends Religion persuasively argues that religion is Là où jirai (Si je reste, overwhelmingly beneficial for humanity regardless Raped By A Horse For Blackmail of whether God exists based Dancer of the Nile (The Gods of Egypt, on a new paradigm Wreck of the Nebula Dream of 10 affirmative dime I found this an Couleurs végétales odd book and couldn't decide whether I really liked it Pour Some Sugar on Me or whether it was just And Then There Were None okay Author Bruce Sheiman is an atheist He simply cannot bring himself to believe in a supernatural God Yet he feels that man is than just another animal crawling King (The Soldiers of Wrath MC: Grit Chapter, on the surface Woman Worship of an insignificant planet revolving around an unregarded yellow star in an The Mighty Finn obscure corner T.L.C. of an A Family Guide to the Biblical Holidays obscure galaxy He has a gut feeling that human existence has a purpose and a meaning He says all people feel the same way and most The Pastor And His Work of them find purpose and meaning in religion He proceeds to examine religion from the Unspoken outside and investigate whether No Way in Hell (Steel Corps/Trident Security Crossover, on the whole religion has been better for mankind than no religionThe first five chapters deal with the benefits The Friar of religious belief and behaviour supplying meaning to life; 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Nsions that make up religious experience It also puts to rest the theory that religion is behind most of the world's sectarian violence by showing that religion becomes evil when it is politicized Readers will learn they do not have to be fundamentalists to be believers and about the value and benefits of religion itself Interesting perspective unapologetic Un baiser sucré pour le coeur d'un garçon of the world's sectarian violence by showing that religion becomes evil when it is politicized Readers will learn they do not have to be fundamentalists to be believers and about the value and benefits Vogue Goes Pop: Coloring Book of religion itself Interesting perspective unapologetic

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A new perspective Defending religion as a cultural institution in the face of resurgent atheistic thoughtFor centuries the theism atheism debate has been dominated by two positions stringent believers committed to the yes there is a God argument and atheists vehemently driven to repudiate not only God but also religion a I really enjoyed reading this book This is I believe the closest thing to a neutral position that we will find in the never ending atheism vs theism debateSheiman has obviously done his homework he pulls uotes from probably a hundred other authors and covers just about every topic imaginable from the violence perpetrated by religious extremists ie terrorists to evolutioncreation in the public school classroom He describes himself as an atheist sympathetic to theists so throughout the book he takes every attack that militant atheists such as Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens have made on religion and picks it apart He makes a case for why religion is GOOD for society and for the individual as cases allow and is actually flourishing when it has been predicted that we would evolve away from religionI also very much appreciated his distinction between science which is values neutral and what he calls scientism a perversion of science that militant atheists use to justify their attack on religion I am a Christian that loves science so it has always bothered me when people pervert science for their own agenda religious or not I sincerely hope his coining of the term scientism catches on and religious people will begin to embrace science fullyMy only issue with this book is that I often felt like I was reading a textbook It was for the most part very dry and sometimes difficult to read I think in the interest of reaching people it could have been a little bit collouial and a little less academic in its linguistic styling Schlossöffnung - So öffnen Sie jede Tür of resurgent atheistic thoughtFor centuries the theism atheism debate has been dominated by two positions stringent believers committed to the yes there is a God argument and atheists vehemently driven to repudiate not Metallurgie extractive du cobalt only God but also religion a I really enjoyed reading this book This is I believe the closest thing to a neutral position that we will find in the never ending atheism vs theism debateSheiman has Iyami Osoronga obviously done his homework he pulls uotes from probably a hundred Quebec Autoroute 15 other authors and covers just about every topic imaginable from the violence perpetrated by religious extremists ie terrorists to evolutioncreation in the public school classroom He describes himself as an atheist sympathetic to theists so throughout the book he takes every attack that militant atheists such as Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens have made Crystalline Illumination on religion and picks it apart He makes a case for why religion is GOOD for society and for the individual as cases allow and is actually flourishing when it has been predicted that we would evolve away from religionI also very much appreciated his distinction between science which is values neutral and what he calls scientism a perversion Endgame (Voluntary Eradicators, of science that militant atheists use to justify their attack Juliette visite paris - Dès 3 ans on religion I am a Christian that loves science so it has always bothered me when people pervert science for their The Himitsu Attack (War of the Ninja Master, own agenda religious The Book With No Name (Bourbon Kid, or not I sincerely hope his coining Punch↑ 2 of the term scientism catches آزاده خانم ونویسنده اش یا آشویتس خصوصی دکتر شریفی on and religious people will begin to embrace science fullyMy Sur le contrôle de nos vies only issue with this book is that I The Cross And The Crescent often felt like I was reading a textbook It was for the most part very dry and sometimes difficult to read I think in the interest Heir of Empyrial Fire (Starbright, of reaching people it could have been a little bit collouial and a little less academic in its linguistic styling


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  1. says:

    Bruce Shieman Author Atheist and wannabe Theist wrote a most excellent bookabout the ongoing debate between science and religionThis review says it pretty wellAn Atheist Defends Religion Why Humanity is Better Off with Religion Than Without It by Bruce S Sheiman Finally a very balanced treatment of the theismatheist debateThis book is a welcomed alternative to some of the poorly reasoned arguments of the new atheism I am glad to see this author understands reality And as much as I don’t like the term religion this author realizes it is not going anywhere The author notes that unlike other atheists who embrace the rejection of religion as intellectual triumph religion provides a combination of psychological moral emotional existential communal and even physical health benefits that no other institution can provideFrom is an excerpt from the bookAn Atheist Defends ReligionMilitant Atheism's Abuse of ScienceChapter 8 excerptIf you pay attention to the headlines you could be excused for believingthat science and religion are mutually exclusive and incompatible Intruth that characterization applies only to a minority of people theextremists on either side of the debate But because extremists areusually the most vociferous theirs tend to be the only voices we hearBecause extremists are the ones writing books and giving speechesit is easy to think that this conflict reflects the sentiment of the majorityof Americans But it is a manifestation mainly between religious fund mentalists on one end of the spectrum and militant atheism on the other endThe Danger of ExtremismPhysicist Freeman Dyson said of the extremists The media exaggeratetheir numbers and importance The media rarely mentions the fact thatthe great majority of religious people belong to moderate denominationsthat treat science with respect or the fact that the great majority of scientiststreat religion with respect Thus the battle underway between religion and science but between religious and secular extremists hardened adherentswho believe they hold the exclusive truth Page 151Within the past 5 years numerous books my militant atheistshave highlighted the destructive legacy of fundamentalist religion Inthis chapter I focus on the other end of the ideological spectrum theextent to which militant atheists misuse science in their effort to chal lenge the validity of religion as a meaningful paradigm for understand ing the world a perspective I identify as scientism Page 152 excerptI give this book 55 stars for great points about both sides in this ongoing debate why Religion and Science are not in conflict and a somewhat neutral stance that Brucetakes on this often times confusing and complex issue


  2. says:

    I really enjoyed reading this book This is I believe the closest thing to a neutral position that we will find in the never ending atheism vs theism debateSheiman has obviously done his homework he pulls uotes from probably a hundred other authors and covers just about every topic imaginable from the violence perpetrated by religious extremists ie terrorists to evolutioncreation in the public school classroom He describes himself as an atheist sympathetic to theists so throughout the book he takes every attack that militant atheists such as Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens have made on religion and picks it apart He makes a case for why religion is GOOD for society and for the individual as cases allow and is actually flourishing when it has been predicted that we would evolve away from religionI also very much appreciated his distinction between science which is values neutral and what he calls scientism a perversion of science that militant atheists use to justify their attack on religion I am a Christian that loves science so it has always bothered me when people pervert science for their own agenda religious or not I sincerely hope his coining of the term scientism catches on and religious people will begin to embrace science fullyMy only issue with this book is that I often felt like I was reading a textbook It was for the most part very dry and sometimes difficult to read I think in the interest of reaching people it could have been a little bit collouial and a little less academic in its linguistic styling


  3. says:

    Fascinating Utterly fascinatingThe only reasons I clipped it a star were a couple of sections I skipped citing too many statistics from too many studies and a tendency of the author to write in too college y a style I mean I'm impressed already you don't have to use an automatic weapon spraying big words to overwhelm meHere's a uote from the book page 185 atheism reuires faith as much as theism Interesting interesting stuff Worth a thorough skim at least


  4. says:

    I found this an odd book and couldn't decide whether I really liked it or whether it was just okay Author Bruce Sheiman is an atheist He simply cannot bring himself to believe in a supernatural God Yet he feels that man is than just another animal crawling on the surface of an insignificant planet revolving around an unregarded yellow star in an obscure corner of an obscure galaxy He has a gut feeling that human existence has a purpose and a meaning He says all people feel the same way and most of them find purpose and meaning in religion He proceeds to examine religion from the outside and investigate whether on the whole religion has been better for mankind than no religionThe first five chapters deal with the benefits of religious belief and behaviour supplying meaning to life; fostering compassion; offering union with the divine; offering health benefits longevity and general well being and advancing the cause of human rights In general I have no doubt that religion has been important and beneficial to many people in the past and present I don't agree with his claim that everybody yearns for some external objective purpose and meaning to their lives however I am willing to admit that I am in a very small minority in feeling that waySheiman then spends some chapters discussing religious and atheist extremism and how most people are in a happy middle somewhere The extremists in both camps are getting all the press however He does lament that in current day America at least science has been positioned as the enemy of religion and most people find religion easier to believe than science is to understand So the majority choose religion over science he offers the surprising statistic that only about half of Americans know that the Earth revolves around the sun and that the duration of each revolution is the basis for the length of the yearHis final few chapters examine the uestion of whether life and evolution have a purpose He concludes that they do but tries to find a way to frame his belief without resorting to GodThere is much I agree with here including the benefits of religion to the vast majority of believers I also agree that religion is probably not going to fade away He admits that he doesn't have the answers for how atheists should reconcile themselves to religion or interact with believers I feel his attempt to reconcile science and religion are clumsy and unsatisfying I'm not sure a reconciliation is possible or needed In the end believers and atheists will just have to agree to disagree


  5. says:

    An interesting nuanced honest and especially surprising account of an atheist who looks at religion and actually argues that the world is better with religion than without it Religion is the cause so Sheiman argues that human beings turned into being humane Religion was morally uplifting but also was the cause of the development of science and technology Sheiman also clearly recognizes that most if not all atheists have a longing for the transcendent for an ultimate value Sheiman longs for religion but as he writes cannot accept the contents of what religions particularly Christianity actually teach and that's why he remains an atheist A very interesting contribution to the theismatheism debate and also very well written although he gives uite a lot of uotations without giving exact references which I found slightly annoying Probably because it is such a nuanced account Sheiman's book remains uite out of view I guess that Dawkins Harris and Dennett hate this book And the media like the extremists on both sides of the debates than the nuanced voices Too bad because I guess Sheiman is the kind of atheist that actually bring the debate further


  6. says:

    Bruce Sheiman in a 256 pages Alpha published book An Atheist Defends Religion Why Humanity Is Better Off with Religion2009 went head on against the popular myth of new atheism movement that religion is evil and at war with science and thus should be erased to show that humanity is better off with religious beliefsAs an atheist Sheiman contend not for the existence of God but for the belief in God He wrote “I want to believe thisthat God exists humans are made in Imago Dei etc but alas I cannot Thus even though I cannot believe in God I still feel the need for God”ixReligion particularly Christianity contended Sheiman offers a transcendent moral values and duties human rights altruism mental healthy happiness and longer life and gave birth to scienceThere is much to agree with Sheiman as a Christian theist and little to disagree eg he makes couples of classical errors eg confusing epistemology with ontology as he went through researches that showed both believers and nonbeliever grasp same moral values and duties tagging Intelligent Design as Creationism and seem to hold a belief that the universe somehow was impregnated with life thus we can find meaning and values from this notion


  7. says:

    It is almost interesting that this book was written and published than is the book itself Please see my detailed review at the following link


  8. says:

    Interesting perspective unapologetic


  9. says:

    Pretty much sums up my position