God Talk: And Other Incoherent Religious Delusions

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Xlibris Corporation, Apr 1, 2010 - Fiction - 70 pages
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Since we, as human beings, are a part of the natural biota of the earth, and the earth is a part of the natural universe, the only thing we can really know about is the natural universe. Therefore Nature is the only thing we can think or talk about. To think or talk about things that are not about Nature is to think or talk about things about which we know nothing. Extra natural (or as some would say, supernatural) things are things about which we know nothing. Therefore, we cannot escape the conclusion that those theologians, priests, pastors and ministers who speak of extra natural (supernatural) things do not know what they are talking about. If we pay any attention at all to people who don't know what they are talking about, what does that say about us?
 

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James Copenhaver wrote the book "Berginstoff" not "God Talk: And Other Incoherent Religious Delusions". This site has mixed up two very different books!

Contents

Preface
7
Introduction
9
Acknowledgments
13
In the Beginning
16
Yours And Mine
26
A Source of Truth in Our Time?
32
Its Implications Risks and Consequences
38
Why Science Works and Why Religion Fails
46
Science Religion and Change
132
Some Questions for Christians
136
The Fatal Flaw in the Thinking of St Augustine
144
The Evolution of Gods Violence and Public Education
148
The Evolution of Moral Values
154
The Quest for Certainty and Absolutes
158
Archbishop Ussher Religious Fundamentalism and Modern Science
162
What is the Bible?
166

The King The Priest and We The People
50
Gods Power and the Origin of Religions
54
The Ten Revolutionary Changes That Human Beings Must Make to Avoid Possible Extinction in the 21st Century
60
Ten Criteria For Believing
76
Liberty Freedom and Justice for All
80
Absolutism Religious Fundamentalism and Our Evolving Culture
84
Twelve Reasons Why I Reject Christianity
92
Finding Truth in Our Lives
98
Getting Up to Speed in the Twenty First Century
104
A Syllogism and Case Study
112
Mr Townsend Faith and Truth
118
My God Exists
122
Two Domains of Thinking
126
Biblical Sexual Standards
170
Dinosaurs Christianity Evolution and Extinction
174
History or Myth?
178
Rethinking the God Hypothesis in the 21st Century
184
Is The Bible the Word of an Omniscient God?
192
True or False?
194
Are Gods and Religion in Our Future?
198
Is the Bible Historically Accurate?
202
Scientific or Religious Epistemologies?
206
A Letter to 21st Century Parents
210
Some Thoughts by a Scientist on Faith and Religion While Working in My Garden
213
About the Author
293
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The author received his B.S. from the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire in 1956, his M.S. from the University of Utah in 1962, with further work from the Universities of Minnesota, Oregon, Montana and Virginia. He received the standard Christian indoctrination as a child and was a default Christian until early in his undergraduate years when he became totally apostate. Two science majors and enhanced critical thinking skills hastened the process. A thirty-five-year career teaching Biology, A.P. Biology, Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy and Physiology, and Chemistry ended when he retired in 1991. He has spent his retirement gardening, fishing, bird watching, traveling with his wife, writing, and watching his grandchildren grow.

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