By Wayne R. Bartz

Critical considering: The Antidote for Faith, is not only foodstuff for notion; it's a real highbrow ceremonial dinner.
in the course of the booklet, Wayne Bartz's revealing tales upload to the lengthy historical past 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 appreciate, he skewers televangelists, sanctimonious politicians, scientific frauds, and self-appointed experts. Bartz additionally deals well-honed arguments that rationalists can use to chop during the fog of magical considering. In a sequence of steps summarized by way of the acronym CRITIC, he indicates how serious considering can be utilized to judge a large choice of doubtful claims.
this can be a booklet for those who take pleasure in lively inquiry. even supposing believers can be unmoved by means of its arguments and anecdotes, they'll need to work flat out to guard and keep their religion. Readers who're vulnerable to query faith will discover a helpful best friend and an highbrow trip really worth taking. Dennis Coon, writer of advent to Psychology: Exploration and Application.

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Based on what data? Take a look at societies around the world today as well as throughout recorded history and what do you see? ” If you aren’t with us (and our God), you must be against us (with the devil) and naturally deserve to die. Protestants killing Catholics, Hindus fighting Moslems, Buddhists slaughtering Christians, Sunnis blowing up Shiites, the blood-drenched Crusades, the insane Inquisition, the Holocaust. An endless succession of mad religious conflicts has spanned the centuries and plagued humanity.

I just believe in God. ” Here we have an example of what might be called “fatal faith,” not just for themselves, but for their clients as well. When considering religious faith and folly, we cannot ignore the untold number of families whose religion convinces them that faith alone cures illness. As a result, scores of parents steadfastly deny medical care to their children, even when refusal of treatment costs the child’s life. But don’t parents in a nation of religious freedom have the right to decide what is best for their children?

Clearly, respecting others’ religious beliefs does not mean you must uncritically agree with them. Nobody on the hospital staff believed that our patient actually sat at God’s left hand. Perhaps “respect” simply means that we should not challenge religious ideas. Yet most religions do not practice such a policy. The whole point of “evangelism” is to go out and inform others that their religious ideas are wrong and they will be out of favor with God until they accept a different version of salvation.

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