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Mon Feb 25, 2019, 08:08 AM

"Inside the Atheist Mind: Unmasking the Religion of Those Who Say There Is No God"

https://www.amazon.com/Inside-Atheist-Mind-Unmasking-Religion/dp/0718080564

USA Today bestselling author Anthony DeStefano is tired of playing nice. After years of responding patiently and agreeably to the pseudo-intellectual arguments and tactics of today’s militant atheists, he’s had enough. In this entertaining, no-holds-barred retort to atheism and its proponents, DeStefano reveals the intellectual bankruptcy at atheism’s core and equips believers to respond to its hollow arguments.

A witty and devastating takedown of the "new atheist" position, Inside the Atheist Mind systematically debunks the theories of Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris, and others, revealing how inconsistent, illogical, and frankly ludicrous their conclusions truly are. Poking fun at atheists in a clever and intelligent way, DeStefano demonstrates just how full of holes the new atheism is and reveals that it is actually a "religion" of its own, complete with a creed, a set of commandments and sacraments, and a rigid moral code with rewards and punishments. More than that, DeStefano exposes that atheism is itself a "superstition" of the worst kind.

Using irony and a healthy dose of playful sarcasm, Inside the Atheist Mind lampoons, teases, and deflates the atheist position, unmasking it for what it is--an empty, intellectually barren philosophy, devoid of any logic and common sense.


pseudo-intellectual arguments ... Like "It must be true because the Bible says so."

intellectual bankruptcy ... Like not being able to explain how many gods there are, who they are, what they want, how to properly worship them.

revealing how inconsistent, illogical, and frankly ludicrous their conclusions are ... Like "fuck evidence, we have faith."

how full of holes the new atheism is ... With commandments that expressly forbid adherents from taking too close a look, like "do not test God, his ways are unknowable, shut up and obey."

that it is actually a "religion" of its own ... a religion without an animistic cosmology, without divine teachings, without holy books, without the concept of holiness and without clergy.

More than that, DeStefano exposes that atheism is itself a "superstition" of the worst kind. ... Fun Fact: During the Renaissance there was a papal witchhunter (forgot his name) who tried to prove via experiment that Catholicism is verifiably correct and that fringe christian beliefs are empty superstition.

an empty, intellectually barren philosophy, devoid of any logic and common sense ... At least atheism doesn't give the same two answers no matter what the question is: It's either "God did it" or "stop asking questions and believe".

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Reply "Inside the Atheist Mind: Unmasking the Religion of Those Who Say There Is No God" (Original post)
DetlefK Feb 2019 OP
empedocles Feb 2019 #1
sinkingfeeling Feb 2019 #2
Ron Obvious Feb 2019 #3
lindysalsagal Mar 2019 #17
Blues Heron Feb 2019 #4
Croney Feb 2019 #5
Farmer-Rick Feb 2019 #6
defacto7 Feb 2019 #15
Farmer-Rick Feb 2019 #16
lindysalsagal May 2019 #22
stopbush Feb 2019 #7
eppur_se_muova Feb 2019 #8
progressoid Feb 2019 #12
defacto7 Feb 2019 #13
PoindexterOglethorpe May 2019 #26
lindysalsagal Mar 2019 #18
lindysalsagal May 2019 #23
safeinOhio Feb 2019 #9
lindysalsagal Mar 2019 #19
Thekaspervote May 2019 #28
DavidDvorkin Feb 2019 #10
trotsky Feb 2019 #11
defacto7 Feb 2019 #14
lindysalsagal Mar 2019 #20
lindysalsagal May 2019 #21
A HERETIC I AM May 2019 #24
Lady Freedom Returns May 2019 #25
classof56 Jun 2019 #30
PoindexterOglethorpe May 2019 #27
Cartoonist May 2019 #29
lindysalsagal Jun 2019 #31

Response to DetlefK (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2019, 08:23 AM

1. First couple of Amazon reviews . . . totally opposed to one another.

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Response to DetlefK (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2019, 08:34 AM

2. How inane.

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Response to DetlefK (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2019, 08:36 AM

3. Has anyone proven the existence of God while I wasn't looking?

Surely that person would be in line for a Nobel?

Until such a time, the atheist position is correct. Atheism isn't a religion, isn't a philosophy, barren or otherwise, a superstition, a conclusion, or an argument. It's the absence of God belief. No more, no less.

It's amazing how many people don't get that.

Everything our science has revealed shows a universe far grander, far more awesome in scope than anything the petty tyrant the God-believers have come up with.

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Response to Ron Obvious (Reply #3)

Wed Mar 6, 2019, 07:54 PM

17. I guess you missed this....

?

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Response to DetlefK (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2019, 08:45 AM

4. Is this from the Onion?

"Anthony DeStefano is tired of playing nice." lol break out the iron maiden!

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Response to DetlefK (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2019, 08:59 AM

5. Just a crock of jeezus-'splaining.

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Response to DetlefK (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2019, 09:50 AM

6. Just because I don't believe in a crock of sh*t

Doesn't make it a religion. I don't believe in the Easter Bunny or Santa Clause too does that make me a part of the not believing in the East Bunny and Santa Clause religion? I don't believe in ghosts, alien abductions, big foot or fairies. Are all those non believing groups religions too? One of the stupidest argument that theist apologist throw out.

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Response to Farmer-Rick (Reply #6)

Mon Feb 25, 2019, 11:17 PM

15. How do you believe in not believing something?

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Response to defacto7 (Reply #15)

Tue Feb 26, 2019, 10:19 AM

16. Exactly

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Response to Farmer-Rick (Reply #6)

Fri May 3, 2019, 04:57 PM

22. But Unicorns are real. You can't deny unicorns.

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Response to DetlefK (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2019, 10:36 AM

7. As the saying goes, atheism is a religion the way not collecting stamps is a hobby.

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Response to stopbush (Reply #7)

Mon Feb 25, 2019, 10:41 AM

8. LOL! Perfect response!

Today, I'm coming out as an "aphilatelist" !

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Response to stopbush (Reply #7)

Mon Feb 25, 2019, 04:04 PM

12. ...the way baldness is a hair color.

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Response to stopbush (Reply #7)

Mon Feb 25, 2019, 10:59 PM

13. Atheism is a religion like

a television's off button is a channel.

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Response to defacto7 (Reply #13)

Sat May 4, 2019, 02:27 AM

26. Ohhh, that's good. I need to remember this.

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Response to stopbush (Reply #7)

Wed Mar 6, 2019, 07:55 PM

18. If Atheism were a tv channel, it would be "off."

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Response to stopbush (Reply #7)

Fri May 3, 2019, 04:58 PM

23. If channels were religions, atheism would be "off."

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Response to DetlefK (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2019, 11:46 AM

9. My psychological view on the subject.

See “Locus of Controll”. External Locus of control involves some thing or some one else is in control of you, ie, God. Internal Locus of control assigns control to one’s self. Religion assumes external, while internal puts it on the individual.

My theory.

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Response to safeinOhio (Reply #9)

Wed Mar 6, 2019, 07:59 PM

19. Mine, too. I like spending time with atheists, not because they validate me, but because they examin

examine their own ideas objectively. They lack the fear of death or loss of approval. They're grown ups. They're a higher order of human, because they are not motivated by cultural conditioning or the need for validation. The conversations can go anywhere because they're not being funneled towards a pre-determined ego-sanction. They also believe in living now, not after death.

Someone like this "author" can't even open up his mind enough to allow any other paradigm. This is why humans live in misery: Their paradigm is suffering and loss and shame and punishment. So much fun.

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Response to lindysalsagal (Reply #19)

Sat May 4, 2019, 02:40 AM

28. Agree! It's very freeing. No longer caged by the constraints of organized religion.

I know I have arrived when I hear idiots like this shouting to prove a point that is unprovable, and me... I’m pleasantly unaffected

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Response to DetlefK (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2019, 12:30 PM

10. Look at the rest of DeStefano's books

It's a basket of deplorables.

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Response to DetlefK (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2019, 03:15 PM

11. LMAO

Last I checked, atheism still just means "Nope, I don't see enough evidence to believe in your god."

How you "systematically debunk" a simple rejection like that, I don't know. But theists like DeStefano are typically quite insecure and NEED to believe that atheism is not only wrong but causes cancer, stains your laundry, and kills puppies.

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Response to DetlefK (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2019, 11:10 PM

14. They expend so much frustrated energy to convince people

that there's something there while the facts are effortless. What a waste of time.

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Response to defacto7 (Reply #14)

Wed Mar 6, 2019, 08:01 PM

20. Well said. However, for a child like that, examining their entire life of fraud would be

very expensive emotionally, something akin to quitting smoking or even breathing.

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Response to DetlefK (Original post)

Fri May 3, 2019, 04:55 PM

21. "Because a bunch of bronze age guys who didn't know where

The sun went at night can't be wrong."

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Response to DetlefK (Original post)

Fri May 3, 2019, 07:41 PM

24. I am probably plagiarizing someone when I use my new line......

Last edited Fri May 3, 2019, 09:04 PM - Edit history (1)

(Probably Matt Dilluhunty) but I like it.....


"A god whose existence is impossible to demonstrate shares the exact same attributes as a god that does not exist."

So...basically, fuck that asshole and anyone else who thinks they have it right and I have it wrong.

As Ricky Gervais said, (paraphrasing) The word "Atheist" shouldn't exist. Religion is the only thing that has a name for a person that doesn't participate. If you don't believe in Santa Claus, there is no such thing as an "Asantaist". Likewise there is no "Aunicornist" or "ALeprechaunist"

The idea that someone actually thinks they have " a witty and devastating takedown of the "new atheist" position" is utter nonsense and that person is fooling themself.

Belief in a god or gods is textbook delusion, full stop.

And for what it's worth, if Jehovah himself appeared to me when I finish typing this, I would STILL be an Atheist, because I have no need for a god. If the stories written about him are anything close to the truth, then he's an asshole and I'll keep my distance. Just go on about your business scaring the intellectually primitive and I'll go on about my business of trying to make the world a little better by actually DOING SOMETHING instead of fucking praying.

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Response to A HERETIC I AM (Reply #24)

Thu Jun 13, 2019, 11:56 AM

30. I'm a big fan of Matt Dillahunty and the Atheist Experience show

A former fundamentalist/evangelical "christian", I'm constantly amazed by the stupidity of those theists who call the show claiming they have proof of god, and then proceed to make total fools of themselves. Like you, Matt defines god as an asshole to say the least. I could not agree more. Thanks for posting.



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Response to DetlefK (Original post)

Sat May 4, 2019, 02:31 AM

27. Huh?

Anyone who thinks Atheism is a religion fundamentally misunderstands both atheism and religion. Who the hell is this DeStefano guy anyway? Should I count myself lucky that I never heard of him before this?

I was having a discussion recently with My Son the Astronomer about the Big Bang. We briefly touched on the fact that astronomers make no claims whatsoever about what might have preceded the Big Bang, or what might have caused it. We also briefly discussed the God Hypothesis. Maybe God got everything started, but he's certainly been an absentee landlord in the billions of years since.

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Response to DetlefK (Original post)

Sat May 4, 2019, 03:05 PM

29. I know that brain type

It is common among Trumpsters. Their world is an inverse of reality.

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Response to DetlefK (Original post)

Sat Jun 15, 2019, 07:34 AM

31. Ok. Atheists. Let's select someone or something to worship:

I'm going with hazelnuts. Nutella, to be specific. You even need a wafer!

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