How to Be an Atheist: Why Many Skeptics Aren't Skeptical Enough, by Mitch Stokes

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  • Author: Mitch Stokes
  • Foreword by: J. P. Moreland

SKU: 3441763

Atheists talk a lot about the importance of skepticism. But the truth is, they're not nearly skeptical enough.
 
While they champion the importance of a critical stance toward religion, they often fail to take that same stance toward their own beliefs.  This double standard results in grandiose claims about the certainty of unbelief. However, their confidence in the rational strength of their own position is logically inconsistent at best and intellectually dishonest at worst. 
 
Turning atheists’ skepticism around on their own naturalist worldview, philosopher Mitch Stokes critically examines two things that such skeptics hold dear—science and morality—revealing deep inconsistencies among atheists’ most cherished beliefs, inconsistencies that threaten to undo atheism itself.
 
Chapters include:
 
Part 1: Sense and Reason
- Hume Exhumed
- The Believing Primate
Part 2: Science
- Science: Ruining Everything Since 1543?
- Science and the Humean Condition
- Photoshopped Science
- Real Science is Hard
- Arguing with Success
- The Current Crisis
- Physics-Based Metaphysics
- God: The Failed Hypothesis?
Part 3: Morality
- If God Is Dead, Is Everything Permissible?
- Some Brush Clearing
- Moral Mammals: The Evolution of Ethics
- An All-Natural Morality?
- Can Science Determine Human Values
- Morality Is Personal
- Can God Ground Morality?
- Living With Moral Nihilism
- What's the Point of It All?

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