I was a Christian for 37 years and am now an atheist for the past 4-5 months. My wife is an open minded Christian. I believe she is only holding on because of the way family will react.
She has agreed to consider my point of view via the following:
1 - she will read 1 short book
2 - she will watch one video
She has also agreed to read a paper written by myself covering why I no longer believe.
I am mulling my options. I was thinking of having her read "Letter to a Christian Nation" by Sam Harris and having her watch a lecture given by Bart Ehrman on the Bible's errancy.
So give 'em to me! What are your suggestions as to what to have her consider.
Tell her to read the bible, word for word, cover to cover.
Or, better yet, just read Deuteronomy and save some time.
Thanks. I love the God Delusion. Game changer :)
The video on Youtube titled "the god delusion" was actually produced under the name "Root of All Evil?" and broadcast in a bunch of different countries (but not the US). It really doesn't resemble the book all that closely. I wouldn't consider it something to use to try to convince people religion is bogus. It is more intended to convince people that religion is harmful. I would imagine that a religious person watching it would say "Yeah, but that's those fake religions like Islam, and the really wacko god squadders they are talking about, not MY church." If that happens in your wife's case, it will have missed the mark.
Don't get me wrong; it's a marvelous video, I highly recommend it--just not for this particular purpose! It's aimed at people who are already atheist or nearly so. The *book* (which really is called "The God Delusion") would be a better choice I think, but still not ideal for "deconverting."
In other words, the "God Delusion" video (Root of All Evil) shouldn't be part of a "conversion" or deconversion tool kit.
I don't know what you mean by "short" but I recommend "god is not great" by Christopher Hitchens.
I really appreciate the suggestion. That is a great read.
Is short, Hitchens hooks you in the reading that it's impossible to know how much the time has passed.
1 - she will read 1 short book 2 - she will watch one video
Sam Harris' LTACN is probably the best choice. For instance: "Despite a full century of scientific insights attesting to the antiquity of the earth, more than half of our neighbors believe that the entire cosmos was created six thousand years ago. This is, incidentally, about a thousand years after the Sumerians invented glue."
I also recommend "Atheist Universe" by David Mills (272 pages, 4.5/5 stars). This book is introductory and simple, but it rebuts every argument that claims to “prove” God exists. It might be too long to qualify as a "short" book though.
For the video, who better than Hitchens? Here is 75 minutes where Hitch frames the argument for a secular life based on science and reason and presents his case against religion. (He reads major religious texts and documents the ways in which religion causes dangerous sexual repression, and distorts our origins in the cosmos.) It could be this video or others, but I like this one as an introduction as he covers a lot of ground.
Bertrand Russell- Why I Am Not A Christian: And Other Essays On Religion And Related Subjects
I would say you have a big problem on your hands, the reality of the situation is the proving of a God or not. In certain situations some people can interact with unknown intelligence from outer space, which then in actual fact is seen as a potent war weapon to all in the pursuit of power; It would be safer for her to keep praying to the many gods available ready to take her money.
Captain Kingsway: "In certain situations some people can interact with unknown intelligence from outer space"
Do you really mean what you are saying?
If so, you're a damn fool.