Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Boghossian's "Manual for Creating Atheists," Part 3



It’s time to suffer through the last of what we have from Peter Boghossian’s Manual for Creating Atheists.

Chapter 8 is on “Faith and the Academy” and is mostly Boghossian summing up the sort of allies he thinks he can pick up at universities and schools. Apart from more badly informed definitions of “faith” there’s nothing of note here. The interventions are just a couple of low hanging fruit and not much else.

Chapter 9 starts with the same wrong definition of “faith” and then proceeds to give advice on how to use it and deal with it. This includes mockery, picketing crusades, and political action. Here’s one Boghossian missed:

12. If you run into someone who defines “faith” in terms of Greco-Roman patronage, run like Jesus is chasing you!

But otherwise, it’s just Boghossian assuming he’s right and giving advice on how to implement his program of being right. And that’s pretty much it.

In close, we have gotten word that Boghossian is starting his own TV show where he “ambushes” people at churches on camera to make them drop their faith. In that regard, we’re reminded of how Brian Flemming pulled the same trick in The God Who Wasn’t There. You have to wonder why Boghossian doesn’t try his little tricks stopping by a seminary, or by Richard Swinburne’s office.

Well, no, actually, you don’t have to wonder. It’s pretty clear why he doesn’t do that. Low hanging fruit won't crush him when it drops.

2 comments:

  1. "You have to wonder why Boghossian doesn’t try his little tricks stopping by a seminary, or by Richard Swinburne’s office."

    What else do you expect? His kind is allergic to scholarship, they prefer Kazatsky dancing, vodka, and the Red Army Chorus' greatest hits... just like Barker and Flemming.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Here is a pretty good blog entry on this stupid book:

    Atheistwatch: Boghossian

    Also, check out the comments section, where there are links to Amazon reviews, including one by the guy who runs the Thinking Christian site.

    ReplyDelete