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April 21, 2016

New in the Kiosk: Jihadism -- Symptom of a Greater Problem (2016) by Attila Romenian

Rather than being the main problem with Islam, jihadism is just the most prominent symptom of a deeper problem which has been worsening for a long time. Over the last thousand years, Muslim societies stagnated as religion took over and stifled everything else, and they gradually fell behind both economically and technologically. The last remaining part of their identity which they still can see as truly their own is religion.

March 31, 2016

New in the Kiosk: Implications of the Creation Myths in the Bible (2016) by Dor

Fundamentalists use the creation stories in the Bible to construct what they misname as "Creation Science" in opposition to Evolution and the known, long history of the universe. However, there are two creation stories in the Bible--and they differ in significant details. These differences in the two accounts have some important implications for the fundamentalist's belief in the literal truth of the Bible. In fact, these differences prove that belief to be wrong.

March 21, 2016

New in the Bookstore: God's Gravediggers: Why No Deity Exists (2016) by Raymond D. Bradley.

20 years after his retirement as a professor of philosophy, Bradley has produced his coup de grâce on religion, God’s Gravediggers. It begins as a narrative on his journey from winning souls for Christ in the 1940s to passionately arguing for atheism by the mid-1900s. It fast turns into the philosophical fruit of an entire career from one of the world’s most experienced, yet arguably lesser known, atheist thinkers.

March 11, 2016

New in the Kiosk: The Worst Teachings of Jesus (2016) by Stephen Van Eck

Jesus is presented by Christians as the greatest moral teacher, as "God made man," yet some of his alleged teachings are so highly objectionable that it would take a warped mind to consider them "good."

February 17, 2016

New in the Kiosk: Was Jesus an Extraordinary Person? (2016) by Michael D. Reynolds

The conventional notion about the character of Jesus is that he was an extraordinary person: unique, grand, captivating, a paragon of virtue, and a teacher of concepts that all human beings should use to govern their lives. But is this true? The biographical material shows that Jesus was not a peace-maker, did not offer socially useful ideas other than being charitable, possessed no ethical concepts more advanced than those of his society, and did not have original thoughts. The evidence does not prove that he was charismatic. The prevalent notions that Jesus was the perfect human being, a great teacher, or the perfect moralist are constructs created because of the belief that he was divine.

February 11, 2016

Added Alvin Plantinga Can't Say That, Can He? A Review of Where the Conflict Really Lies (2016) by Richard M. Smith to the Alvin Plantinga page under Criticisms of Christian Apologetics and Apologists page, the Argument to Design page under Arguments for the Existence of a God, and the Naturalism page under Nontheism in the Modern Documents section of the Secular Web Library.

In Where the Conflict Really Lies, Alvin Plantinga maintains that any apparent conflict between science and classical Christian theism is superficial at best, and that the real conflict lies between science and the "quasi-religion" of naturalism. In fact, because there is evidence of biological and cosmological "fine-tuning," he claims, science may even provide evidence that God exists. In this review Richard M. Smith critiques what Plantinga has to say about three main topics: design arguments that purport to show a deep concord between science and theism, scientific challenges to theism from biological evolution and divine action in the world, and Plantinga's frontal assault on naturalism—that thinking would be impossible and cognition would be unreliable if naturalism were true.

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