Press: Xlibris (April 6, 2004)
Author Name:Mills, David
Is there really a God? Or does God exist only in our heads? Is the Bible truly God's Word, or a jumble of fanciful myths? This book is your front-row ticket to mankind's most enthralling debate.
An atheist for thirty years, David Mills argues that God is unnecessary to explain the universe and life's diversity, organization and beauty.
This unique and captivating book rebuts every argument ever offered to "prove" God's existence and the Bible's credibility - arguments from logic, common sense, Christian apologetics, philosophy, ethics, history, and up-to-the-minute science.
It's all here for you in one richly entertaining, comprehensive, and easy-to-read volume.
Few other books provide such spellbinding inquiry and arrive at such a controversial and well-documented conclusion.
"The publication of David's work on the dangers and disadvantages of devout religiosity will be very useful for anyone with harmful religious beliefs.
Honest, frank, and right to the point! I found it very fine reading." - Albert Ellis, Ph.D., father of modern psychotherapy, author of A Guide to Rational Living and 53 other books.
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Is there really a god?
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
From the Author
Im pleased and excited that your search on Amazon.com has beamed you to this page, showcasing my new book, Atheist Universe.
I want to thank you personally for your interest in this title.
Many years of painstaking work, research, and thought were devoted to this project.
I am delighted with the finished volume.
Compared to most authors, I write slowly.
I could never crank out five or six books a year as Isaac Asimov did so brilliantly throughout his incredible life and career.
I like to believe, however, that my unhurried pace permits fine attention to detail and to precise use of language.
One of my favorite quotations is that of Thomas Jefferson, who, in a letter to John Adams, wrote "I apologize to you for the lengthiness of this letter; but I had no time for shortening it." Jefferson meant that a skillful writer uses as few words as possible to communicate his message.
If I can successfully convey my thoughts to you using a 12-word sentence, then I am watering down my own message and wasting your limited time by stretching my sentence to 13 words or to 30.
Concise writing saves time and effort for the reader, but demands more time and effort of the writer, as Jefferson pointed out.
In writing this book, I did devote the time necessary to shorten each sentence to its minimum length.
Another priceless tip for good writing a tip which I strive to follow was articulated by the 20th-century philosopher, Mortimer Adler.
Adler taught that "writing should be clear without being plain, and elevated without being obscure." By contrast, much writing in contemporary circles is plain without being clear, and obscure without being elevated.
I will leave to your personal judgment whether I have successfully followed Adlers prescription for good writing in Atheist Universe.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
David Mills is author of the world's best-selling book on atheism.
An atheist for thirty years, David has authored three successful books on the battle between science and religion.
He has also written best-selling psychology and self-help literature for the Albert Ellis Institute in New York and for psychotherapy clients worldwide.
During the 1980's, David worked as a journalist covering NASA's Space Shuttle program at the Kennedy Space Center.
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Chapter 2 Interview with an Atheist Interviewer: You openly refer to yourself as an "atheist." What exactly does that mean? Mills: Essentially, an atheist is a person who rejects the concept of god.
The word "atheist" is derived from the Greek word "theos," which means "god" or "gods." The word "theology," for example, refers to the "study of god." When the negative prefix "a" is added to "theos," the derivative form becomes "atheist" and simply means "without god," just as asexual reproduction means reproduction without sex.
Interviewer: But doesn't the word "atheist" really mean a lot more than that? You don't believe in life-after-death either, do you? Mills: No, I don't.
And I think you're quite correct that the word "atheist" can be extrapolated to mean a rejection of all supernatural beings and phenomena that are normally associated with the idea of god.
Atheists, for example, do not believe in Heaven, Hell, devils, angels, miracles, holy ghosts, or rising from the dead.
Bishop Fulton Sheen, unwittingly speaking the truth, once defined an atheist as "a man who has no invisible means of support." Interviewer: So when you die, you're dead like a dog? Mills: That's hardly an attractive or appetizing way to phrase it; but, yes, that is what I believe.
Interviewer: What's the difference between an atheist and agnostic? Mills: The words "atheist" and "agnostic" have totally disparate origins.
But the real answer to your question is guts.
It is more socially acceptable to be an agnostic than an atheist.
While the two philosophies overlap to a considerable degree, atheism, it seems to me, represents a more specific and firmly-held position than agnosticism, which, in current usage, can mean a hundred different things.
Interviewer: I'm sure that you're familiar with public opinion polls which consistently show that 94 to 96 percent of all Americans believe in God.
Is everybody else wrong but you? Mills: No.
If the United States has a current population of approximately 280 million people, and if, let's say, 5 percent are atheists, then that's 14 million atheists in the US alone.
So, like it or not, there are plenty of us out there.
Most atheists, however, tend to be less vocal in espousing their beliefs than are members of various evangelical religious denominations.
It's easy therefore to underestimate the number of atheists.
I am somewhat dismayed when people tell me that I'm the only atheist they ever met.
That's nonsense of course they've certainly met hundreds.
But few atheists ever speak up to be counted.
Interviewer: Does that indicate that atheists might be ashamed of themselves? Mills: Not at all.
There's an old saying that "If you want to keep your friends, then you should never discuss politics or religion." Atheists recognize that their philosophical position is misunderstood by many people.
Most atheists see no reason therefore to deliberately piss off their friends and to bring upon themselves an unwanted and very unfair social ostracism.
If some atheists fear to speak up, it's more of an indictment against the religious bigotry they encounter than it is an indication of "shame" in affirming the atheist position.
Interviewer: In looking at all the wonders of the universe, how can you possibly say there's no God? Even the Bible says, "The fool hath said in his heart 'There is no God.'" Mills: Whenever someone quotes that Bible verse to me, I usually recite to them another Bible verse, Matthew 5:22 "But whosoever shall say 'Thou fool' shall be in danger of hell fire." Interviewer: And what do Christians think of an atheist quoting the Bible? Mills: They're unprepared.
Christians imagine that I, and other atheists, know nothing about the Bible or its history.
When you respond in kind, they tend to be taken aback.
I was on a talk show in the late 1970's and a woman stood up in the audience and quoted the verse "The fool hath said in his heart 'There is no God.'" When I humorously quoted Matthew 5:22, which threatens eternal damnation for calling someone a fool, she angrily retorted that "Even the devil can quote the Bible, and I think you are the devil." The fact is that most Christians know next to nothing about the Bible which they carry proudly to church every Sunday.
I would be happy and confident to take a standard Bible-knowledge test against any churchgoer you might arbitrarily pluck from a pew next Sunday morning.
Interviewer: But let's get back to my fundamental question.
Why don't you believe in God? Mills: Clarence Darrow, the famous trial attorney, once remarked that "I don't believe in God because I don't believe in Mother Goose." Until about ten years ago, I was of the opinion that, in order to qualify as an "official" atheist, a person had to intimately familiarize himself with the multitude of specific arguments for and against God's existence.
Indeed I've written three full-length books devoted to thrashing out these arguments myself in great detail.
But I now believe that it is a perfectly acceptable philosophical position to dismiss the god idea as being self-evidently ridiculous as Darrow quipped.
Christians instantly disregard the Greek gods as being figments of an overactive imagination, and so I view the Christian god in the same way that the Christians view the Greek gods.
Remember that when the Romans threw Christians to the lions, the Romans shouted "Away with these atheists" because the Christians did not accept the local Roman gods.
But to answer your question directly, I am an atheist because no more evidence supports the Christian god than supports the Greek or Roman gods.
There is no evidence that God as portrayed by any religion exists.
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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