[ExI] Atheists and agnostics know more about religion thatbelievers, study shows
dan_ust at yahoo.com
Wed Sep 29 15:32:50 UTC 2010
Same here regarding Smith's book. I believe, too, he wrote that when he was in
his early 20s. Also, IIRC, he doesn't have a high school diploma or degree.
Quite an achievement for one lacking traditional credentials, no?
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From: Max More <max at maxmore.com>
To: Extropy-Chat <extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org>
Sent: Tue, September 28, 2010 8:35:51 PM
Subject: Re: [ExI] Atheists and agnostics know more about religion
thatbelievers, study shows
> *What is the best refutation of religion you have ever seen, heard or read?
> It can be a book or anything you want, a lecture by Dawkins, even the ExI-chat
>archives. Before I present my answer, I will offer the second best, and one
>that Max More might suggest: Bertrand Russell's Why I am Not a Christian.
No, I wouldn't suggest that one. I really don't remember it well from 30 years
ago, but think it *was* excellent -- but still not the *one* I would choose.
For a philosophical book that would be too difficult for the general public, I
would pick J.L. Mackie's The Miracle of Theism.
I haven't read any of the recent popular books by Hitchens, Dawkins, etc. so I
can't choose from among them.
I still have a soft spot for the philosophical and moral critique in George
Smith's Atheism: The Case Against God.
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