Thinking Christian

Thinking Christianity for church, home, and community

Free Ebook! Peter Boghossian, Atheist Tactician

Posted on Dec 28, 2013 by Tom Gilson

BoghossianBookCover

I’ve been blogging on Peter Boghossian for a couple months now, and I’ve wrapped it all up now in an ebook that I’m making available for free. All you need to do is subscribe to email blog updates, then the book is yours to download as Kindle, ePub, or PDF file.

The book is a re-organized and summarized compilation of blog posts, plus new material on how Christians must respond.

From the Book:

Peter Boghossian wants to create atheists, and he’s the man for the job. An instructor in philosophy at Portland State University in Oregon, he has just published A Manual for Creating Atheists (2013, Pitchstone Press), a handbook for equipping atheists with “treatments” to cure religious believers of the “faith virus.” While the Manual’s weaknesses are abundant, tactically and persuasively it’s brilliant. It will create atheists—count on it.

Atheists certainly are excited about it. Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris have promoted Boghossian’s work. In an official publicity blurb, Jerry Coyne, professor at the University of Chicago and author of Why Evolution Is True, said, “This book is essential for nonbelievers who want to do more than just carp about religion, but want to weaken its odious grasp on the world.”

More importantly, the book is selling well. It went quickly into a second printing, and two months after its introduction it remains a chart leader in its philosophy-related content categories at Amazon.com. Its author is seeking to sign up 10,000 fellow atheists to learn his methods and create more atheists.

Other atheists have written about their disbelief; Boghossian is launching a strategy to multiply it.

Not only that, but he’s also campaigning for what he calls “containment strategies” for faith, for example, removing religious believers from the “Adult Table” of discussion on public matters. He literally says in his Manual for Creating Atheists that men and women of faith should be shunted aside to the “Kids Table,” where our faith-infected conversations can’t do the public any harm.

For the sake of our faith, and our children’s faith, Christians need to know about this….

Print Friendly
Topics:

6 Responses to “ Free Ebook! Peter Boghossian, Atheist Tactician ”

  1. You should take a good look at your beliefs and write a book about the things that christianity has wrong. Not all Atheists are right about everything but they are right more than christians.

  2. Tom Gilson says:

    Please note the comment guidelines, Rev. Bauer: I have something in there about capitalizing proper nouns. I was unaware that “Atheists” is a proper noun, and that “Christians” and “Christianity” are not. In fact, I think that most good dictionaries would inform you that you have that exactly backward. Strange.

    I think it’s also terribly presumptuous of you to assume that I haven’t taken a good look at my own beliefs. I assure you I have. I’ve got a pretty good grip, I think, on what we’ve done wrong down through history. More than that, I’ve got a haunting awareness of my own lack of love in action.

    But there is Christianity the social movement, and Christianity the set of truths revealed in Scripture, exemplified by Christ, sealed by his death and resurrection, and confirmed by his leading followers from the apostolic age through the seven major councils of the church. The one Christianity is both very good and very flawed. The other, the truths revealed by God, has stood solid through the ages.

    I have examined both Christianities. I stand with the truth of God in Christ.

  3. Tom Gilson says:

    I’ll send you a copy of this ebook without requiring you to register for the website if you’d like. Just tell me what version you prefer: PDF, Kindle, or Nook.

  4. Tom Gilson says:

    I note on your website that you say,

    It is our premise that:

    We all have the Freedom to be who we want to be.

    We must come to Accept others for who they are.

    Then we can begin to Love one another.

    Everybody has their own spirituality and this church is not about changing that. We want to add to what people already believe or help them to find their beliefs.

    Doesn’t your lack of acceptance of Christianity seem ironic to you, in light of that?

  5. […] can’t hold up under critical thinking. I haven’t read the book yet. But my friend Tom Gilson has written a response. It can be downloaded for free at his blog. Please check it out! I guess Boghossian’s goal is to create 10,000 street epistemologists. […]

  6. […] this has been rebutted in a summarised form and I encourage you to take advantage of that here. As iron sharpens iron, so will this for you. Please do so and pass it […]

  7.    
Comments RSS Feed
Real Time Analytics