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The Necessity of Atheism
by Percy Bysshe Shelley

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English

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March 25, 2017

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"The Necessity of Atheism" is a treatise on atheism by the English poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, printed in 1811 by C. and W. Phillips in Worthing while Shelley was a student at University College, Oxford. A copy of the first version was sent as a short tract signed enigmatically to all heads of Oxford colleges at the University. At that time the content was so shocking to the authorities that he was "rusticated" (expelled from the University) for refusing to deny authorship, together with his friend and fellow student, Thomas Jefferson Hogg. A revised and expanded version was printed in 1813.
Jesus: Mything in Action, Vol. I (The Complete Heretic's Guide to...
by David Fitzgerald

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English

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March 20, 2017

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About the book: <br />David Fitzgerald’s award-winning 2010 book Nailed: Ten Christian Myths That Show Jesus Never Existed At All pointed out the top ten fatal flaws of Christianity’s origin story. Now, Jesus: Mything in Action presents the most compelling new findings in Jesus Myth theory and critically examines its controversial reception by biblical scholars, the extent and reliability of our sources for Jesus, and reveals the surprising history behind Jesus’ evolution. <br /><br />In this volume:<br />Mything in Action, vol. I (chapters 1 – 12) looks at the myths of Jesus Mythicism: what it is and isn’t; what biblical scholars are saying about it (and why); and examines our oldest “biographical” source for Jesus – the allegorical story we know as the Gospel of Mark.
Did God Create Water?
by Victor King

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English

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March 31, 2017

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<b>BILLIONS</b> of people have read or heard what the Bible says about the beginning of the universe. The 3,500-year-old account starts with the well-known statement: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”<br /><br />A very perplexing and disturbing question comes to a thinking mind when you read below the first line which read as follows;<br /><br /><i>The earth was empty and had no form. Darkness covered the ocean, and God's Spirit was moving over the water.</i><br /><br /> In Genesis 1:2,<b> the Spirit of God is hovering over the face of the waters.</b><br /><br />So if this is before creation, where does water come from? Why does it exist before the first day? How and when did water come to be? Did God create water?<br /><br />This exciting book by <i>Victor King</i> explores one of the many mysteries of water which is one of the untold stories of creation. In an intriguing manner, the author puts together the pieces of the puzzle from religious and scientific experts as well as evidence from antique objects to answer this mind boggling question <b>'Did God Create Water?'</b><br />
Jesus: Mything in Action, Vol. III (The Complete Heretic's Guide ...
by David Fitzgerald

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English

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March 20, 2017

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About the book: <br />David Fitzgerald’s award-winning 2010 book Nailed: Ten Christian Myths That Show Jesus Never Existed At All pointed out the top ten fatal flaws of Christianity’s origin story. Now, Jesus: Mything in Action presents the most compelling new findings in Jesus Myth theory and critically examines its controversial reception by biblical scholars, the extent and reliability of our sources for Jesus, and reveals the surprising history behind Jesus’ evolution. <br /><br />In this volume:<br />Mything in Action, vol. III (chapters 19 – 25) <br />presents a bold thought experiment: <br />“The Gospel According to H.G. Wells,” <br />a multi-chapter time travel expedition <br />through the origins and evolution of Christianity.
Jesus: Mything in Action, Vol. II (The Complete Heretic's Guide t...
by David Fitzgerald

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English

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March 20, 2017

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About the book: <br />David Fitzgerald’s award-winning 2010 book Nailed: Ten Christian Myths That Show Jesus Never Existed At All pointed out the top ten fatal flaws of Christianity’s origin story. Now, Jesus: Mything in Action presents the most compelling new findings in Jesus Myth theory and critically examines its controversial reception by biblical scholars, the extent and reliability of our sources for Jesus, and reveals the surprising history behind Jesus’ evolution. <br /><br />In this volume:<br />Mything in Action, vol. II (chapters 13 – 18) discusses the changing Jesus from even before the earliest Christians, to Paul, to the Book of Hebrews, to the Gospels and beyond: the construction (and deconstruction) of the Gospels; how Jesus is presented in the rest of the New Testament; and examines the historical sources for Jesus outside of the Bible.
Diatribes, Volume 2: 50 More Essays from a Scathing Atheist (The ...
by Noah Lugeons

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English

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March 18, 2017

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The book you hold in your hand contains detailed accounts of every major theological discovery made by the human race in the last four thousand years, and manages to do all of that before the first word. Because there are no ‘theological discoveries’. Theology, unique among academic disciplines, has failed to make the faintest trace of progress in the entirety of its existence. And if you doubt that, go ask a theologist what god is.<br /><br />The entire discipline is somehow devoted to studying a concept that remains undefined and unevidenced. And despite its perfect rate of failure, for many people the proclamations of religion outweigh the proclamations of science. This cultural preference for wishful thinking over sound methodology has consequences ranging from amusing to dire, and as our world grows ever more dependant on technology, the consequences of scientific ignorance (willful or otherwise) grow ever more dangerous.<br /><br />As the host of The Scathing Atheist, one of the world’s most popular atheist podcasts, Noah Lugeons channels the frustration of atheists through a combination of wit, rage, and vulgarity in his weekly diatribes. From the trivial frustration to the critical threats, Noah tackles every aspect of religion with the same acerbic humor; because atheists need catharsis, and the future needs atheists.The entire discipline is somehow devoted to studying a concept that remains undefined and unevidenced. And despite its perfect rate of failure, for many people the proclamations of religion outweigh the proclamations of science. This cultural preference for wishful thinking over sound methodology has consequences ranging from amusing to dire, and as our world grows ever more dependant on technology, the consequences of scientific ignorance (willful or otherwise) grow ever more dangerous.<br />As the host of The Scathing Atheist, one of the world’s most popular atheist podcasts, Noah Lugeons channels the frustration of atheists through a combination of wit, rage, and vulgarity in his weekly diatribes. From the trivial frustration to the critical threats, Noah tackles every aspect of religion with the same acerbic humor; because atheists need catharsis, and the future needs atheists.
Com Zeus Não se Brinca (Portuguese Edition)
by Paulo Bitencourt

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Portuguese

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March 24, 2017

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O novo livro do autor do best-seller <i>Liberto da Religião</i>.<br /><br />Do prefácio: “Existe coisa mais absurda que ofender divindades? Como é possível insultar seres invisíveis cuja existência ninguém pode provar, figuras que evidentemente não passam de invenções de mentes primitivas? Enquanto nossas sondas espaciais vasculham os confins do Sistema Solar, em pleno século XXI pessoas ainda podem ser assassinadas por brincar com palavras como Deus, Javé, Jesus e Alá. Se isso não é prova de que religião é loucura, então não sei o que é.”<br /><br /><i>Com Zeus Não se Brinca</i> é uma coletânea de chistes (vários dos quais, aliás, aludem a fatos recentes) criados por Paulo Bitencourt, conhecido nas redes sociais como O Apóstolo da Razão, com o objetivo de, através do humor, levar seus leitores a refletir sobre o mundo da religião.<br /><br />Paulo Bitencourt nasceu no Paraná, mas passou a infância no Rio de Janeiro. De família evangélica, quase se tornou pastor. Ao fim do quinto semestre de Faculdade de Teologia, em São Paulo, abandonou os estudos e foi viver na Áustria, onde se formou em Canto Lírico. Sua esposa é natural de São Petersburgo, na Rússia, e seu filho nasceu na terra de Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
The Stupidity Watch: An Atheist Speaks Out on Religion and Politi...
by S. T. Joshi

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English

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March 20, 2017

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For the past two decades, S. T. Joshi has emerged as one of the sharpest commentators on the follies of religion and politics. Combining keen analytical skills with pungent satire, Joshi is a modern-day Ambrose Bierce or H. L. Mencken in skewering religious fanatics, right-wing politicians, and others who have exhibited their stupidity and ineptitude for all to see.<br /><br />In this book, Joshi assembles the essays and reviews he has written for The American Rationalist, a journal he has edited since 2011. He lambastes the work of Alister E. McGrath, Robert P. George, Todd Burpo, David Skeel, Rice Broocks, and others who blunderingly seek to defend Christian doctrine, and he also dissects the hollow and superficial work of Joe Scarborough and other conservative commentators. Other reviews address such issues as the Bible’s attitude toward gays and lesbians, the Second Amendment, and other key issues.<br /><br />Joshi’s column, “The Stupidity Watch,” is a wide-ranging lampoon of the myriad forms of stupidity exhibited by politicians, clerics, and the general public. Here we see the buffooneries of Republican politicians, fundamentalist preachers, and average citizens held up to impolite ridicule. Our “president,” Donald J. Trump, is not spared.<br />
From Bacteria to Bach and Back: The Evolution of Minds
by Daniel C. Dennett

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English

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496

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February 07, 2017

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<p>One of America’s foremost philosophers offers a major new account of the origins of the conscious mind.</p><br /><p>How did we come to have minds?</p><br /><p>For centuries, this question has intrigued psychologists, physicists, poets, and philosophers, who have wondered how the human mind developed its unrivaled ability to create, imagine, and explain. Disciples of Darwin have long aspired to explain how consciousness, language, and culture could have appeared through natural selection, blazing promising trails that tend, however, to end in confusion and controversy. Even though our understanding of the inner workings of proteins, neurons, and DNA is deeper than ever before, the matter of how our minds came to be has largely remained a mystery.</p><br /><p>That is now changing, says Daniel C. Dennett. In <em>From Bacteria to Bach and Back</em>, his most comprehensive exploration of evolutionary thinking yet, he builds on ideas from computer science and biology to show how a comprehending mind could in fact have arisen from a mindless process of natural selection. Part philosophical whodunit, part bold scientific conjecture, this landmark work enlarges themes that have sustained Dennett’s legendary career at the forefront of philosophical thought.</p><br /><p>In his inimitable style—laced with wit and arresting thought experiments—Dennett explains that a crucial shift occurred when humans developed the ability to share memes, or ways of doing things not based in genetic instinct. Language, itself composed of memes, turbocharged this interplay. Competition among memes—a form of natural selection—produced thinking tools so well-designed that they gave us the power to design our own memes. The result, a mind that not only perceives and controls but can create and comprehend, was thus largely shaped by the process of cultural evolution.</p><br /><p>An agenda-setting book for a new generation of philosophers, scientists, and thinkers, <em>From Bacteria to Bach and Back</em> will delight and entertain anyone eager to make sense of how the mind works and how it came about.</p>
The God Illusion
by Richard Dawes

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English

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March 19, 2017

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Does the Biblical god exist?<br /><br />The aim of this book is not to convert the believer, but rather sway the undecided to the side of reason. Although I do not intend to convert the die-hard faithful, this book will hopefully serve as a catalyst for some believers to challenge the core foundations of their faith and rationally justify their religious convictions and practices. If they cannot, then there is no reason to hold on to such archaic and potentially baneful beliefs.<br /><br />The blinds that religion place over our eyes do not just shield us from the magnitude of reality, but retard our understanding of how the universe really functions. We are not a ‘blessed’ species who was created to watch over the Earth and all it inhabits. Rather, we are the product of mere chance and millions of years of evolution, living on a speck in the vastness of the universe.

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