Book Review — “Atheist Universe — Why God Didn’t Have A Thing To Do With It” by David Mills ISBN:1-4134-3481-9 Xlibris, 5”x 8” Perfect Binding, 243 pages with bibliography and index
Author David Mills quotes Thomas Jefferson, who, in a letter to John Adams, wrote "I apologize to you for the lengthiness of this letter; but I had no time for shortening it." This book lives up to author Mills’ promise in the introduction to challenge conventional wisdom and use extreme conciseness and clarity for his message. He describes his writing style as slow and deliberate, requiring years to complete the book. He wrote it after coming to question his reasoning for becoming a "born-again Christian evangelist."
With this book David Mills has delivered a coup d’etat to any thought of reconciling religion and science. Post-modernist apologies and attempts to bridge the gap between religion and science he gives no quarter. He very carefully and methodically attacks every religious argument outside the realm of human invention for the existence of a god. His favorite target is the irrationality of Christian belief and the Bible's contention of a young earth, Noah’s flood, Genesis genealogies, etc. One rather interesting point he made in an almost casual manner was an observation that the genealogies in Matthew and Luke of the New Testament describe (contradictory) detailed male lineages of Jesus back to King David, and thereby create a trap for the writers of those books: The virgin birth would preclude any blood relationship through Joseph, so how could there be a lineage between Jesus and David? In debunking the prophesy of the Bible, Mills describes an absence of accuracy, noting that as far as accuracy is concerned, the Bible is a non-prophet organization.
He clarifies a number of scientific terms abused by religionists. For example, Physical Laws he defines as human descriptions of observed phenomena, rather than universal truths, and therefore subject to revision as new observations warrant. He tackles head-on the idea that the universe was created from nothing into something at the Big Bang. Rather, he offers proof through the Laws of Thermodynamics (conservation of mass/energy) that the universe was always here in one form or another. This argument had a particular resonance with me, as I have long had problems with the something from nothing idea of a single Big Bang jump-starting the universe.
Mills says he wrote this book for the forty percent of Americans “… open-minded readers who are not afraid to learn—in fact who are eager and fascinated to learn—about the many conflicts and controversies between science and the Christian Bible.” My atheist and free-thought friends will highly appreciate his hard-hitting candor and rock-solid enthusiasm for the scientific method, will put this book at the very top of their arsenal of argument material for combat with religionists. Many of my theist friends who accidentally are exposed to it will probably have major heartburn and relegate it to the trash bin, if they don’t outright burn it. But perhaps a few of them will be swayed by Mills’ flawless logic and lucidity of expression. I will cherish this book and keep it with my major reference works.
© 2004 R. Leland Waldrip
Web Site: Rappahannock Books
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|Reviewed by Ronald Hull
|Leland, your choice of books to review is outstanding. Wish that I could read them all. As an atheist, I've oft had to defend myself against an onslaught of well-meaning, but misguided religionists who find it comforting to justify every thought or event through a 2000 year old anthology of mythology. I commend David Mills for his courage in writing the book and you for reviewing it.
|Reviewed by Alexandra* OneLight*® Authors & Creations
|In my constant desire to learn and understand, I have come to feel, my dear friend, that it may be the concept of eternity/infinite - the "was always here" perspective - what is difficult, and sometimes, probably impossible to grasp by most human minds, even some very open ones. What was before "before", even though it is not a question, seems to surge as such, and in a spiral that seldom allows the mind to get past its whirl. The body is finite, and thus, the mind may tend to view all as finite, as well... and the human being (of religious or unreligious mind) may have, in short, created the universe to his/her own image: with a beginning, a middle, and an end. Because that is how finite understands infinite... not.
It may be a lot of "infinites" before "finite" will grasp this concept, but until then, here go my hopes that the openness of minds will continue to grow, thus creating infinite room for more learnings and wider understanding (as well as for the probability that we may never be capable of understanding it completely, and thus that no one will own the truth - another human finite feature creating an infinite idiosyncrasy... "to own the truth" - ever, of the universe.)
Warm hugs, from your friend that would like to read this book,
|Reviewed by m j hollingshead
|Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader)
|Okay. I give it up for the science guys. They are most likely right. But, and this is a HUGE but, people need to believe in a higher power. One that has come to earth and bled and died for them. There are so many contradictions in the Bible that it is almost laughable, but, and here is another big but, it doesn't matter, we need a focal point in our lives that point toward "good," rather than hedonist and secularism, because these are sure-fire disastors ready to happen. In other words, Leland, we need a conscience, and science does not give us that.|
|Reviewed by Tinka Boukes
|Most interesting read!!