A Manual for Creating Atheists by Peter Boghossian

By Peter Boghossian

For millions of years, the trustworthy have honed proselytizing techniques and talked humans into believing the reality of 1 holy ebook or one other. certainly, the trustworthy usually view changing others as a duty in their faith--and are informed from an early age to unfold their precise model of faith. the result's an international damaged largely through unquestioned religion. As an urgently wanted counter to this tried-and-true culture of spiritual evangelism, A guide for developing Atheists bargains the first-ever consultant now not for speaking humans into faith--but for conversing them out of it. Peter Boghossian attracts at the instruments he has built and used for greater than 20 years as a thinker and educator to educate the way to interact the devoted in conversations that would support them price cause and rationality, forged doubt on their spiritual ideals, distrust their religion, abandon superstition and irrationality, and finally embody cause.

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When a UN team of four experts was finally allowed to travel to Burma toward the end of the week, two were sent back after landing in Rangoon despite having valid visas. In addition to preventing aid workers from entering, the regime was also restricting the movement of foreigners already inside the country. International aid agencies that had been working in Burma before the cyclone had switched into emergency mode, but their foreign staff was not allowed outside of Rangoon; only Burmese employees were able to travel to the delta to begin distributing supplies and look for ways to set up reliable delivery routes.

The very next day, an official death toll was released that was more than double that figure with over 22,400 people declared dead and more than 41,000 people missing. The majority of these lives were lost across the delta region, with Rangoon reporting only a few deaths. From these initial snatches of information, it was clear that Cyclone Nargis had been a disaster of epic proportions. In the delta, tens of thousands of people were dead, and many hundreds of thousands must have been trying to survive without food, water, or shelter.

The conversations I had with friends and aid workers during my first few days revealed a reality that couldn’t be more different from that described in the New Light of Myanmar. Aung Thein Kyaw, a middle-aged man who runs a tour company, had temporarily shut down his business and was making repeated trips to the delta to hand out rice and medicine. The conditions he encountered were horrifying. In a tight and carefully measured voice he talked about how the boat he traveled in kept bumping against dead bodies.

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