In an effort to educate myself about what skeptics and atheists believe I have decided to engage some books by actual skeptics and atheists. One of the things I see leveled often against people who attack atheism is that their arguments are straw man in nature. The atheists really don’t believe X so your argument against X isn’t valid to the discussion and that sort of thing. Very well then, how bout I get it from the horse’s mouth then. I debated long and hard where to start and how to proceed. Rabyd Apologetics appears only once a week but then again I have plenty of time should I continue to live so why not also try to be thorough as well.
I decided to start with Christopher Hitchens because he seems to be a hero to those without faith and in particular he is a guy who goes after religion and the problems with it. Unlike my Cold Reading series I am not really reading Hitchens cold. I will be reading well ahead of time so I can think on what he has to say and then formulate a response. I am sure my atheist followers (yes I do have a few) will keep me in line or enlighten me when I don’t understand something. This is actually a real possibility with Hitchens because as many will tell you his vocabulary is extensive. I however also have a pretty large vocabulary, I just shoes not to employ it because I like to communicate as widely and clearly as possible. Thankfully there are online dictionaries if I get stuck.
The particular book I am dealing with is God is Not Great: How Religion Poison Everything. The second part is great and I could almost have written a book myself on Religion with the same title so this should be good. Hitchens is also famous for his wit which is fine by me as English humor is right up my alley. I am hoping for an enjoyable read with some good humor and engaging subjects involving the dangers of religion. The book is divided into nineteen chapters so one a week will be pretty good I think which will take us to the end of the year to cover but you know I ma good with that. I really am trying to understand and I would rather take the extra time to understand and get a clear picture than rush through and muck it up.
Next week it begins with: Chapter One: Putting it Mildly