By Wayne R. Bartz
Critical pondering: The Antidote for Faith, is not only foodstuff for concept; it's a real highbrow dinner party.
in the course of the e-book, Wayne Bartz's revealing tales upload to the lengthy heritage of foolishness and damage performed within the identify of faith. Taken jointly, those examples of supernatural nonsense are a robust, and infrequently hilarious, indictment of blind religion.
Those who've doubts approximately faith will savour Bartz's sharp replies to believers. With take pleasure in, he skewers televangelists, sanctimonious politicians, scientific frauds, and self-appointed experts. Bartz additionally deals well-honed arguments that rationalists can use to chop throughout the fog of magical pondering. In a sequence of steps summarized via the acronym CRITIC, he exhibits how serious pondering can be utilized to judge a wide selection of doubtful claims.
it is a booklet for those who get pleasure from lively inquiry. even if believers might be unmoved via its arguments and anecdotes, they're going to need to work flat out to safeguard and preserve their religion. Readers who're vulnerable to question faith will discover a worthwhile best friend and an highbrow trip really worth taking. Dennis Coon, writer of advent to Psychology: Exploration and Application.
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1 Fantastic stuff, yet if you have been immersed in it for a lifetime, it somehow doesn’t seem far out. This is just one example of how extraordinary ideas, with a little help from group consensus and blind faith, come to appear sensible. Human history is a chronicle of examples demonstrating the folly of misguided faith, some silly, some funny, and some just plain awful. Read any daily newspaper and new ones keep turning up. Let’s sample a few of my favorites: Who wouldn’t respond to the inspirational story of Maria Rubio, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, who was cooking tortillas one day when she suddenly gasped at what appeared in the pan: the face of Jesus burned on a tortilla!
Supreme Court ordered the pre-game prayers to cease, noting that this Texas school policy was clearly designed to impose Christian beliefs on everyone in attendance, including non-believers and other believers. This is a violation of the Constitutional first-amendment guarantee of separation of church and state. Social critic Wendy Kaminer, in her book Sleeping with Extra-Terrestrials - The Rise of Irrationalism and Perils of Piety, points out that members of the “religious right” routinely complain that their beliefs are not respected and they are not allowed to freely practice their religion.
Finley’s version of do-nothing faith is apparently not unique. A Massachusetts religious group that deprived an infant of solid food for 51 days - he died just before his first birthday - was proud of the fact that they had such faith in God that when they ran out of gas on a trip to Maine, they all laid hands of the hoods of their cars and prayed for the tanks to be refilled... for three days. ) Poor Finley failed to walk out. Maybe he should have crawled out. Baptist lay minister Hans Mulliken crawled 1600 miles from Marshall, Texas, to the White House while Jimmy Carter was President.
Critical Thinking : The Antidote For Faith by Wayne R. Bartz