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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Objecting to God by Colin Howson. Objecting to God by Colin Howson. The growth of science and a correspondingly scientific way of looking at evidence have for the last three centuries slowly been gaining ground over religious explanations of the cosmos and mankind's place in it.
However, not only is secularism now under renewed attack from religious fundamentalism, but it has also been widely claimed that the scientific evidence itself poi The growth of science and a correspondingly scientific way of looking at evidence have for the last three centuries slowly been gaining ground over religious explanations of the cosmos and mankind's place in it. However, not only is secularism now under renewed attack from religious fundamentalism, but it has also been widely claimed that the scientific evidence itself points strongly to a universe deliberately fine-tuned for life to evolve in it.
In addition, certain aspects of human life, like consciousness and the ability to recognise the existence of universal moral standards, seem completely resistant to evolutionary explanation. In this book Colin Howson analyses in detail the evidence which is claimed to support belief in God's existence and argues that the claim is not well-founded.
Moreover, there is very compelling evidence that an all-powerful, all-knowing God not only does not exist but cannot exist, a conclusion both surprising and provocative.
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Sort order. Mar 03, Stefan rated it really liked it. I wouldn't categorize this as 'new-atheism', so drawing parallels between this book and that of Dawkins, Hitchens, Harris, Dennett etc. It's a bit short, but incedibly well argued. Got pretty complicated at times as it deals with probabilistic theory and Bayes theorem quite a lot. Lost a star because there were a couple of times where I disagreed with his objections to God His constant ref I wouldn't categorize this as 'new-atheism', so drawing parallels between this book and that of Dawkins, Hitchens, Harris, Dennett etc.
His constant referral to the Problem of Evil was another weakness, i thought. Even though it is a decent and persuasive argument against the existence of God, it has been dealt with by Pantinga and I don't think it's wise to consistently invoke it when it is by no means an uncontroversial argument. All that said, amazing book, really enjoyed it. View 1 comment. Feb 25, Daniel Tung rated it it was amazing.
Nice objections to God's existence, from a logical-probabilistic analysis. I prefer this to Dawkin's book. Highly recommended. A popular objection to lawsuits against the phrase "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance is that the issue is relatively unimportant.
Such an objection tacitly acknowledges that the legal and moral arguments of critics are basically correct, but objects that it's not an issue worth fighting over. Some say that it is merely a symbol and not substantive, but that idea strikes me as silly at best, dangerously naive at worst.
Moreover, if the issue really were unimportant, why do Christian Nationalists fight so hard and get so anxious about it? In the past , Christian social and political power made it harder to minorities to object to Christian privilege and discrimination; today, people are more likely to realize that the injustice of this discrimination can be remedied. It isn't "thin skin" for blacks or Jews to object to being told that they are inferior or less patriotic because of their skin color or religion. Why should atheists keep quiet when they are told that being patriotic and even being an American is something they should be excluded from?
Why should atheists keep quiet when schools are used to indoctrinate children into the idea that they should all believe in God and that America is a place for people who trust in God? Would apologists for the Pledge consider it "harmless" if the government said that we should pledge allegiance to "One Nation under Jesus" or "One White Nation"?
Most would regard that as harmful, but then the people being harmed would be non-Christians and non-whites.
It's acceptable to object when they are being harmed; when it's non-theists who are being harmed, that's OK. Not even all atheists can be counted to object to atheists being harmed. Would Christians feel harmed if they had to recite "under Buddha"? Would Muslims feel harmed if they had to recite "under Jesus"? Would Jews feel harmed if they had to recite "under Odin"? Other atheists sometimes argue that we should avoid angering religious theists by objecting to how the Pledge of Allegiance promotes their religion and denigrates atheists.
Apparently, atheists are better off if they keep their heads down and not make waves. This claim doesn't argue that the legal and moral objections to "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance are wrong, just that religious theists will hate atheists even more. It's the same argument as saying that so-called " New Atheists " make things worse with public, unapologetic criticisms of religion and theism.
There is no evidence for this, though, and given how much atheists are already distrusted — in part because of things like the Pledge — the reality is arguably the opposite. Many miss the fact that it isn't just secular atheists who object to the phrase "under God. There have also been Christians who agree that the Pledge of Allegiance has been transformed into a religious pledge and that this is both illegitimate and immoral.
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Jehovah's Witnesses have been persecuted for refusing to say the Pledge. It's been convenient, though, for supporters of "under God" to ignore or even deny that these groups exist and focus instead solely on atheists. They are relying on anti-atheist bigotry and encouraging anti-atheist bigotry to support an official government expression of anti-atheist bigotry. The worst argument on behalf of keeping "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance has to be the claim that leaving God out of the Pledge would mean endorsing atheism.
First, this implicitly acknowledges that the Pledge of Allegiance currently endorses a type of theism.
Either that's just as bad and the person should support atheists' effort , or only endorsing atheism is bad and the person is a bigot. Moreover, the absence of something does not indicate that the opposite is being promoted. Share Flipboard Email. Austin Cline, a former regional director for the Council for Secular Humanism, writes and lectures extensively about atheism and agnosticism.