A Path From Faith to Reason: ‘A Manual For Creating Atheists’

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Portland State University Philosophy Professor Peter Boghossian and I discuss his new book, A Manual for Creating Atheists, in which he provides conversational strategies and tactics designed to lead religious believers from faith to reason. Throughout his book Boghossian offers diagnostic methods, provides practical examples, and supports his project with evidence. He also criticizes a disturbing trend in modern liberalism that helps fuzzy reasoning flourish. A Manual for Creating Atheists will be published in November 2013 by Pitchstone Publishing. Boghossian will be appearing at The Amazing Meeting, also known as TAM, July 11-14, 2013, in Las Vegas.

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  1. I saw his Youtube on this. He is onto something. The Christian have honed their persuasive techniques that use all kinds of techniques including hypnosis and extravavagant false promises. We need to spend comparable effort, doing experiments to find out what actually works in each situation.

    I have a tendency to chastise Christians for their stupidity and wickedness, not optimal, or argue as if the person were an atheist who had temporarily fallen under a Christian spell. My aim is trying to get atheists mad enough to fight Christians, not to talk directly to Christians.

    • In reply to #6 by MilitantNonStampCollector:

      I don’t like the idea of a manual for atheism. It smells too much like religion. Simply exercising the faculty of reason should be enough.

      Just prepare your children before they are got at by the delusional ones.

    • In reply to #6 by MilitantNonStampCollector:

      I don’t like the idea of a manual for atheism. It smells too much like religion. Simply exercising the faculty of reason should be enough.

      Apparently reason is not enough. Humans are still susceptible to irrational arguments.

    • In reply to #6 by MilitantNonStampCollector:

      I don’t like the idea of a manual for atheism. It smells too much like religion. Simply exercising the faculty of reason should be enough.

      I couldn’t agree more.

  2. I usually go by saying that, if a belief has anything to do with reality, then that belief would be different if reality were different. If you can’t conceive any version of reality where gods would be out of the picture, then your belief in gods has no root in reality.

    That being said, I don’t like much Boghossian’s tone.

  3. There seems to be a lot of misunderstanding in this thread about Peter Boghossian and his upcoming book and message, I will address each one of your comments now.

    @Agrajag ….You can buy the book now, pre-order it from Amazon, it comes out November 1 http://amzn.to/1a4Tvy4

    @Christiana Magdalene Moodley….. Atheism is the default position when all of us were born. What the book attempts to do is to teach people how to cure those infected by the Faith Virus. How to cure people of their cognitive disease.

    @Roedy said “My aim is trying to get atheists mad enough to fight Christians, not to talk directly to Christians”

    One of the Aims of Dr Boghossian’s method is not to fight anyone on anything, part of the de-conversion program includes an attitudinal component where you meet the person where they are at , you treat them with compassion for they have been indoctrinated since childhood and are afraid of hell, separation from community, etc
    So you treat the same as you would treat a patient in psychiatric hospital, like someone who is suffering from mass delusion. Another part of your attitudinal approach is Truly being open to the possibility that what they might be telling you is also true, this is called epistemic humility.

    @hellosnackbar said … “He should apply to give some sermons to Muslims in their mosques”

    According to the empirical evidence presented in the book these methods work much much better if done 1-one-1 and in person only, Never done online or telephone.

    MilitantNonStampCollector said “I don’t like the idea of a manual for atheism. It smells too much like religion”

    The title of the book is not very good, but I guess the publisher choose this tiltle as it would get more PR or mentions in the press.
    The original Title was Street Epistemology. The attemts to teach both theist and atheist a reliable way to come to knowledge or how do we come to knowledge so what we think we know adjust to reality.
    You can be an Atheist and maybe you arrived at that conclusion through a false epistemology !!

    More on Peters method from his lecture at “Imagine No Religion 3″ Street Epistemology.com

    There is an event this Wednesday on the book and the method on Activism & Peter Boghossian’s ‘A Manual for Creating Atheists”

    Thanks

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