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Disproving Christianity and Other Secular Writings (2nd edition, revised)

Narrated by: David Smalley
Length: 2 hrs and 26 mins
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Not only do I believe that it is possible to maintain moral standards without the crutch of religion but I would argue that it is the only way to achieve true goodness.

Disproving Christianity and Other Secular Writings compiles popular and lesser-known arguments against the principles established by the Christian canon. Using a phenomenological approach to build his case based on in-depth study at the University of California, Santa Barbara McAfee analyzes the Hebrew Scriptures and New Testament doctrine to build a logical and reasonable case against their validity. From contradictions between lived and portrayed religions to factual errors within the texts themselves, no stone is left unturned in this fully updated and expanded refutation of Christianity.

©2010 David G. McAfee (P)2013 Dogma Debate, LLC

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  • G
  • 04-20-16

Excellent

I just love to hear the bible proven false and folklore - can't hear it enuf! Someday this can be a school book for all children

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Speed Reading

I find the content extremely interesting but I just can't enjoy listening to this book because the narrator seems to be racing through the material. Very disappointing.

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  • Michael
  • Rancho Cordova, CA
  • 02-27-14

To the point and hard to dispute.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I was quite impressed. David has assembled a huge stockpile of Biblical logical fallacies and contradictions. While it seems that the one knock down argument that cannot be ignored or poorly rationalized, continues to elude Atheist arguments, this audio book comes as close as possible to a logically irrefutable argument.

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Lots of bang for the buck. Edited down and distilled to "point after point" with no filler. Any theologian who listens to this barrage of rational assaults may become rightly infuriated or frustrated after being forced to view their juggling of so many irrational ideas from the outside.

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Didn't go as in depth as I was hoping

I was hoping for more depth. This is very brief and reads more like a bulleted list of problems than a deep analysis. Also, the narrarator mispronounced a word from a very popular verse from 1 Corinthians, saying that "love always preserves" instead of "love always perseveres".

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  • Douglas
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 03-05-17

Short, but Good Introduction to the Subject

If you find yourself having to defend your lack of faith in Christianity, this book is a great introduction on how to do so. McAfee goes over the basic arguments that can indeed disprove the religion to anyone who isn't already a believer.

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The voice performance is THE WORST.

If you want the experience of a cheesy DJ putting his lips against your ear and mumbling from the back of his throat, then this book is for you.

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Got questions?

I've listened to a number of these books pointing out the contradictions in Christianity and the bible. This one is just as good as the others.. They all help to clarify questions one might have in their mind, if one is open enough to accept facts and isn't afraid to question the status quo. If you don't want your faith tested or questioned, then simply don't listen/read this kind of book.

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Underwhelming to Say the Least

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This title should, unfortunately, be called "Disproving Strawman Christianity." This book falls into much the same category as many Christian books when they attempt to review non-Christian philosophy/religion in that the author is so biased towards his own point of view and its superiority to Christianity, that he sets up the Christian arguments in the weakest manner possible and then easily refutes them. I am not a Christian, but if I were, this book would not make me question my faith but actually be strengthened in it due to how poorly he conceptualizes the arguments of Christianity. Additionally, even if his Strawman argument refutations weren't enough, he cherry picks and takes many bible passages out of context to find contradictions in the biblical text or simply ignores the facts that seemingly contradictory passages can be interpreted multiple ways to avoid contradiction. But in his haste to spread his anti-Christian agenda, he ignores these additional interpretations as if his interpretation must be the only one. Moreover, there was no research cited in this book. The arguments advanced are ones that anyone who has thought about these issues for more than five minutes has probably already thought about yet they are presented as crushing arguments that refute Christianity. Christians may be wrong about their theology, but they are all not as stupid as this author seems to believe they are. Many fundamentalist Christians are smart and have very nuanced beliefs that are not so easily refuted. I wish this book actually showed some level of respect to provide Christian views that represent this level of Christianity before attempting to refute them. But, as mentioned before, he is too eager to refute Christianity to worry about supplying non Strawman Christian arguments. As a secular humanist myself, I can attest that there are many good arguments against Christianity, which is why I'm a non believer. And these arguments can be made in a more effective and less obviously biased manner than was done in this book. I mean, really; a book with the hubris to entitle itself "disproving Christianity," a religion that has been around for thousands of years and is one of the world's most popular religions should probably take more than 2 + hours to do. I suppose that should've been my first clue that this book would fail to deliver on its bold promise. In short, don't waste your time with this poor excuse for Christian refutation.

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generic info but organzed well

the book is written well and organized but, as it is a short book, if i was still a christian, it wouldnt think any argument was a home run because they are the most basic athiest arguments. worth listening to but not the best ive ever heard

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Brilliantly entertaining and educational!

This book is a spectacular read. What sets it apart from so many others is the tremendous knowledge of its author.