Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Book Review: The Christian Delusion (2010)

Edited by John Loftus
Foreword by Dan Barker
Paperback: 385 pages

This is probably the best critique of the Christian faith ever published as a book. Each chapter is written by an expert on its topic. I highly recommend it. Buy it and read it!

Visit the companion website where critics of this book will be responded to by the authors and where there are several bonus chapters that didn't make it into the final edition for lack of space to include them.

Table of Contents

Foreword (Dan Barker)
Introduction (John Loftus)

Part 1: Why Faith Fails
1. The Cultures of Christianities (Dr. David Eller)
2. Christian Belief through the Lens of Cognitive Science (Dr. Valerie Tarico)
3. The Malleability of the Human Mind (Dr. Jason Long)
4. The Outsider Test for Faith Revisited (John Loftus)

Part 2: Why The Bible is Not God’s Word
5. The Cosmology of the Bible (Edward Babinski)
6. The Bible and Modern Scholarship (Paul Tobin)
7. What we’ve Got Here is a Failure to Communicate (John Loftus)

Part 3: Why The Christian God is Not Perfectly Good
8. Yahweh is a Moral Monster (Dr. Hector Avalos)
9. The Darwinian Problem of Evil (John Loftus)

Part 4: Why Jesus is Not the Risen Son of God
10. Jesus: Myth and Method (Dr. Robert Price)
11. Why the Resurrection is Unbelievable (Dr. Richard Carrier)
12. At Best Jesus Was a Failed Apocalyptic Prophet (John Loftus)

Part 5: Why Society Does not depend on Christian Faith
13. Christianity Does Not Provide the Basis for Morality (Dr. David Eller)
14. Atheism Was Not the Cause of the Holocaust (Dr. Hector Avalos)
15. Christianity Was Not Responsible for Modern Science (Dr. Richard Carrier)

Bonus Chapters
The Will of God by Dr. Richard Carrier
God and Animals by John W. Loftus
Darwin and Hitler by Dr. Hector Avalos
Modern Democracy by Dr. Richard Carrier

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