By David G. Myers

ISBN-10: 0470290277

ISBN-13: 9780470290279

A pleasant Letter to Skeptics and Atheists is helping readers—both secular and religious—appreciate their universal flooring. For these whose pondering has moved from the spiritual thesis to the skeptical antithesis (or vice versa), Myers deals tips to a science-respecting Christian synthesis. He indicates how skeptics and folks of religion can percentage a dedication to cause, proof, and demanding pondering, whereas additionally embracing a religion that helps human flourishing—by making feel of the universe, giving intending to lifestyles, connecting us in supportive groups, mandating altruism, and delivering desire within the face of adversity and dying.

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The neuroscientist Antonio Damasio illustrates this point with the case of one man who lost his ability to experience emotion after surgery for a brain tumor. Although his rational intelligence remained intact (he could think but not feel), his social judgments became dysfunctional, and he lost both his job and his marriage. Other patients, having lost their memories of emotions related to their experiences of success and failure, erred more when assessing risks in a laboratory gambling task. On this task, most people make money, as the emotions generated by their unconscious brain figure things out ahead of their conscious reasoning.

The unchallenged verdict: we easily misperceive our behavior as correlated with subsequent events, and thus we easily delude ourselves into thinking that we can predict or control uncontrollable events. indd 33 6/21/08 6:25:04 PM a fri en d l y l et t er t o s k ep t i c s an d at h e is t s So, you understandably ask, might illusory thinking contaminate people’s beliefs regarding the power of their petitionary and intercessory prayers? If we are predisposed to find order in random events, to interpret outcomes guided by our preconceptions, and to search for and recall instances that confirm our beliefs, then might we overestimate the efficacy of petitionary prayer?

Radiocarbon dating has revealed the antiquity of the earth and its fossil remains. Intermediate life forms have been discovered precisely where and when evolutionary theory has predicted. indd 45 6/21/08 6:25:32 PM a fri en d l y l et t er t o s k ep t i c s an d at h e is t s shared by humans and mice. ” Collins’ “theistic evolution” perspective Either half my colleagues are has been shared enormously stupid, or else the science by many kindred of Darwinism is fully compatible with spirits throughout conventional religious beliefs—and modern Christian equally compatible with atheism.

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