By Wayne R. Bartz
Critical pondering: The Antidote for Faith, isn't just nutrients for concept; it's a actual highbrow dinner party.
through the booklet, 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 sometimes hilarious, indictment of blind religion.
Those who've doubts approximately faith will savor Bartz's sharp replies to believers. With savor, he skewers televangelists, sanctimonious politicians, scientific frauds, and self-appointed experts. Bartz additionally bargains well-honed arguments that rationalists can use to chop in the course of the fog of magical considering. In a chain of steps summarized via the acronym CRITIC, he indicates how severe pondering can be utilized to guage a wide selection of doubtful claims.
it is a ebook for those who take pleasure in lively inquiry. even if believers should be unmoved by way of its arguments and anecdotes, they are going to need to work flat out to guard and preserve their religion. Readers who're susceptible to query faith will discover a helpful best friend and an highbrow trip really worth taking. Dennis Coon, writer of creation to Psychology: Exploration and Application.
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The fundamentalist parents of a dead 16-year-old Pennsylvania girl were convicted of manslaughter because of their refusal to provide insulin to treat her diabetes (her blood sugar level was 18 times normal). Instead, they prayed over her, read from the Bible, and coated her body with oil. She was the second to die among their 13 children, following in the footsteps of a brother who died several years earlier - from an ear infection! According to the State medical examiner, 25 children in the congregation of the Followers of Christ Church in Oregon City may have died during the past twenty years because their parents did not allow medical care.
Apparently the all-knowing Prophet was not aware that the surface of the earth is curved. Fundamentalists of any faith can seem bizarre to non-believers. Sitting on my desk is an Associated Press photo of an ultra-orthodox Jewish man performing the kaparot ceremony in Jerusalem. The caption on the photo says, “Cleansing the soul,” the ceremony reportedly carried out in preparation for the Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur. The man is holding a live chicken by its feet and twirling it in the air above his head, wings flapping, while he recites prayer verses.
Near Agness, Oregon, a fellow named DeWitt Finley found himself stuck in the snow while trying to negotiate a gravel road over the Klamath Mountains. ” Finley wrote notes, including one saying, “I have no control over my life its all in His hands. ” Instead of waiting day after day for God’s will to be done, Finley could simply have walked a couple of hundred yards around a curve in the road and found pavement which led down the mountain to safety. It would have meant climbing through some snowdrifts, but he never tried, remaining instead in the immediate area of his vehicle.
Critical Thinking : The Antidote For Faith by Wayne R. Bartz