The Divine Default: Why Faith Is Not the Answer

The Divine Default: Why Faith Is Not the Answer

The Divine Default: Why Faith Is Not the Answer

The Divine Default: Why Faith Is Not the Answer

Synopsis

J.J. Dyken takes commonly-asserted religious claims and applies each of them to modern-day examples to demonstrate the often fallacious nature of religious belief. He uses a mixture of common sense and scrupulous logic to mount an attack on not only religion itself but also upon the religious pseudoscientists who try to justify their assertions with faulty science. "The Divine Default"is an exploration into our tendency to attribute unexplained phenomena to God and why we as a species continue to justify resorting to this easy way out rather than confronting reality.Armed with both historical and contemporary evidence, JJ Dyken sets out to debunk many of the most common religious assertions from the power of prayer to the seemingly inseparable bond between religion and morality. In so doing, he presents a persuasive case as to why the clash between faith and reason is not just irrational, but potentially deadly for mankind.When discussing indoctrination, morality, "intelligent design", and the plausibility of Biblical events, he presents his findings in simple lay terms that are logical, concise, and persuasive. This easy-to-read assessment of religion is a challenge to the faithful and offers effective ammunition for skeptics.

Excerpt

“It was, of course, a lie what you read about my re
ligious convictions, a lie which is being systematically
repeated. I do not believe in a personal God and I have
never denied this but have expressed it clearly. If some
thing is in me which can be called religious then it is the
unbounded admiration for the structure of the world
so far as our science can reveal it.”—Albert Einstein

This book will not take a position on whether or not there is a God. Plenty of other people have already made passionate arguments for both sides of this question, and the only real, honest answer is that we don’t know. While I cannot prove or disprove the existence of a prime mover, the evidence submitted thus far on behalf of God requires us to use words like “faith” and “belief” in order to substantiate the claims. To be religious is to believe that the creator of the universe has authored a number of books and that these books are deemed to be so profound as to completely dismiss the possibility of human authorship. One need only page through any of these texts to see the implausibility which results from that kind of claim, yet the majority of the people living on our planet find these texts to be not just worthwhile, but rather essential documents on which to base their lives upon. As I intend to demonstrate, this type of ideology is not only naïve and divisive, it is dangerous.

I began the book with a quote from Albert Einstein, not just because it refutes the religious who erroneously claim Einstein for themselves, but because it’s the perfect umbrella under which to present a case for the Divine Default. the idea of a divine being isn’t new and the concept of God isn’t necessarily the problem. It’s what we do with that belief that has serious con-

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