How to Be an Atheist: Why Many Skeptics Aren’t Skeptical Enough

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Atheists talk a lot about the importance of skepticism. But the truth is, they’re not nearly skeptical enough.

While atheists 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 their unbelief—which 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—and reveals deep inconsistencies among their most cherished beliefs, inconsistencies that threaten to undo atheism itself.

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J.W. Wartick

A Remarkable Look at Skepticism I’ll admit it: going into Mitch Stokes’ How to Be an Atheist: Why Many Skeptics Aren’t Skeptical Enough, I was skeptical [har, har]. Any book that claims to discuss “how to be x” where “x” is some worldview to which the author does not describe has an uphill battle. After finishing, I have to say that my fears were premature. In this astonishing book, Stokes does well what few even attempt: relational, witty engagement with those with whom one…

WLB

Written by a man who’s never had a real discussion with an atheist I bought this book second hand for a nickel at a library sale. As an atheist, I found the title amusingly intriguing.As a science teacher, I can say that Mitch Stokes does not have a working idea about what ‘critical thought’ means, much less ‘skeptcism’.Mr. Stokes fills the pages of his book with preconceived, stereotypical, and naïve musings with no substantiation. A dishonest and ignorant book that simply ‘preaches to the choir’.If Mr. Stokes is up to the challenge, and if…

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