For thousands of years, the faithful have honed proselytizing strategies and talked people into believing the truth of one holy book or another. Indeed, the faithful often view converting others as an obligation of their faith—and are trained from an early age to spread their unique brand of religion. The result is a world broken in large part by unquestioned faith. As an urgently needed counter to this tried-and-true tradition of religious evangelism, A Manual for Creating Atheists offers the first-ever guide not for talking people into faith—but for talking them out of it. Peter Boghossian draws on the tools he has developed and used for more than 20 years as a philosopher and educator to teach how to engage the faithful in conversations that will help them value reason and rationality, cast doubt on their religious beliefs, mistrust their faith, abandon superstition and irrationality, and ultimately embrace reason.
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Unapologetic in all senses of the word
A courageous, unapologetic and above all useful discourse on practical techniques for confronting theists, and a call to action for those who have thrown off the the toxic cloak of faith. If you are an atheist and haven’t read this book already, what took you so long?
Applicable for more than creating atheists
I got this book after seeing street epistemology demonstrations on youtube- not because I necessarily want to create atheists, but because I was impressed how a civil discussion could occur over a topic intrinsic to the fabric of one’s very being. Using this method it’s possible to discuss hot button issues like abortion, gun control, etc while keeping tempers and learning something. That makes it worth it.
Akin to Carnegie
Reminded me of "How to Win Friends and Influence People". Lots of common sense we likely already had dwelling in our sub conscience, but written in easy to digest and practice bites. Reinforced my confidence in not being fearful of sharing my position. Will definitely read again and out into practice.