for agnostics and atheists, by an atheist, this book tackles most of
the issues in
our daily lives to which religious people apply their bibles. It is a
non-religious option, a guide for living life in healthy and
intellectually honest manner. This book is also written in a
straightforward and easy to approach manner.
to the official page of:
To Make a
Better World, which is a handbook for life. It is,
a handbook for living a good quality life as an atheist, or agnostic,
in a secular manner. As an atheist, I was inspired by seeing how
religion can offer its believers some valuable structure for the way
they live their lives. Unfortunately, it often goes wrong, and horribly
so in some cases. The thought had occurred to me more than a decade
ago, that if I analyzed these religious worldviews to find out how and
why they make themselves useful to their believers, I could better
understand the nature of worldviews, in and of themselves.
course, religions are not the way to go – fundamentally all of them are
wrong because they assert claims that are not only extraordinary, but
are also utterly lacking in real evidence. Yet, if one strips away the
authoritarian dogma, and the supernatural basis of belief, and the
superstitious reasoning, then one can see the framework underneath that
makes the religion a worldview. And it is that essential framework,
stripped of supernaturalism, mysticism, and dogma, that I've worked to
build on to create a worldview of a non-religious philosophical model.
This work, to create a secular worldview, has divided into two books,
of which To Make a
Better World is the first.
second book, Mythos
& Logos – planned for publication in the
2016, is a work of argumentation designed to establish the
philosophical model, this first book is a handbook with referential
material that is useful to everyone, regardless of their philosophical
positions. In To Make a
Better World I discuss society, psychology, economics
& government, as well as morality, logic, science, and more. I
even offered some self-improvement advice in the last section. But, of
particular use must be the explanation of what science is and how it
works, the discussion on critical thinking and the tools I offered to
help hone one's abilities to think clearly. Additionally, there is a
discussion on logic and debate, along with a list of fallacies with
explanations, and a table of validity for inferences.
chapters on morality I wrote up a set of modern instructions in the
"Ten Commandments" style. I believe I did a good job at it, hell,
anyone could come up with a better set of instructions than the
biblical Ten Commandments. But, I've also created, what I've called,
the Principle Directives
which are like the Secular
Decalogue, but in a positive rather than negative format,
and they cover general principles that lead to a better life. I
discuss, for instance, the value of honor and how it relates to one's
behavior, to morality, and to the way one is treated by others. The
morality I discuss in my book is based on Humanism, in which the
central values are to reduce the suffering of people as much as
possible and to pursue equality, justice, and opportunity for all.
to write this book is that I wanted to offer a rational and
well-reasoned case for why we ought to do this or that. I wanted to
offer referential material covering science, logic, and morality. It
should be clear that the premise of every religion is inherently and
fundamentally flawed, so my approach is through logic, using our
scientific understanding, for building the views I discuss in the book.
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format for Amazon Kindle first
published on the 30th of April, 2015.
Estimated equivalent page count: 258 | File Size: 1.5 MB |
Language: English (US).
format first published on the 19th of May, 2015.
Dimensions: 5.5in (13.97cm) wide x 0.8in (2.03cm) thick x 8.5in
324 | Weight: 1 lb. (453.6 g) | Language: English (US).
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