Download e-book for iPad: Atheism Explained: From Folly to Philosophy (Ideas by David Ramsay Steele

By David Ramsay Steele

ISBN-10: 0812696379

ISBN-13: 9780812696370

Atheism Explained explores the claims made either for and opposed to the life of God. at the seasoned facet: that the wonders of the realm can merely be defined by means of an clever writer; that the universe needed to commence someplace; telepathy, out-of-body reviews, and different paranormal phenomena show the life of a spirit international; and that those that adventure God at once offer proof as actual as any actual discovering. After disputing those arguments via calm, cautious feedback, writer David Ramsay Steele provides the explanations why God can't exist: significant, appalling evils; the impossibility of omniscience; and the mindless idea that God is a considering brain with no mind. He additionally explores arguable issues akin to clever layout, the ability of prayer, faith with out God, and no matter if a trust in God makes humans happier and fitter. Steele’s rational, easy-to-understand prose is helping readers shape their very own conclusions approximately this without end thorny subject.

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They do it by accepting that the post­ Flood genealogies (in Genesis 11) are teiescoped, l O with many gen ­ erations not mentioned. (Ah, the slippery slope of compromise ! ) This enables them to push the Flood back to just before recorded history. It also helps them to reconcile the conflicting genealogies of Jesus given in Matthew and Luke. 30 Paley's Challenge to Atheism Noah's Flood Let's suppose that by a broad reading of Genesis, that book can be reconciled with the Earth being billions of years old.

The paleo­ mastodon would look quite 'finished' , and if we were then shown a picture of an elephant, with its amazingly long and versatile trunk, and told that this was where the paleo mastodon was headed, we would probably feel that such a preposterous beast as this 'elephant' was a bizarre product of opium-induced fantasy. But, some objectors will say, if we have eyes, there must have been a time when our ancestors had half-eyes . Why don't we ever see anything like that? First, the eye does not have to be reinvented for every kind of animal.

While a wolf can be turned into a poodle, and a single human family can quickly evolve all the present-day human races, there is some barrier that prevents a wolf or a poodle from being turned into a cat, or an ape into a man, or a fish into a rep­ tile . Until about 1 5 0 years ago, the basic mechanism of heredity had not been discovered, and the precise chemical mechanism was not discovered until around fifty years ago . We now know that there is no barrier keeping evolutionary change within any specific limits .

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