BOOKS BOOK Sense And Goodness Without God A Defense of Metaphysical Naturalism author Richard C. Carrier –

BOOKS BOOK Sense And Goodness Without God A Defense of Metaphysical Naturalism author Richard C. Carrier –

I d rather give it 35 starsI skipped a bit and wish I skipped The text reads like a textbookThe best art in the entire book is the forward by the authorThis book attempts to be an all inclusive read on every aspect of living a secular humanistic life giving you the answer to every uestion which may be asked This leads a very long drawn out book His Defense of a Metaphysical Naturalism defends all things defendableHis material is good He also does a great job of very accurately responding to uestions However I think it would best used a reference guide rather than a sit down read cover to cover The content in this book will reuire much writing and discussion I was already a metaphysical naturalist upon reading this book and already very familiar with Carrier and his thought The first 80% of the book is wonderfully argued and arranged Ethics are not my focus in Freshman Rivals (Freshman Dorm, philosophy for me it s epistemology aesthetics andolitics so his discussions there are a little over my head but I believe I understood them I have some studying to do on the subject but I must admit that what Carrier Death Valley in 49 presents in those chapters is strongly convincing The chapter on aesthetics is mostly well argued and accurate even as he takes shots at Picasso and abstract art that I think are unfounded simply because he doesn t have an appreciation for them Yet he himself describes beauty as relying inart upon many things that make Picasso and others appealing to many eople He argues that if intelligent aliens came to visit us he would hope that we would show them DiVinci and not Picasso but this is a false dichotomy I would hope we would show them the best examples of every form so they could see what really makes us not just lovers of classical art tick The chapter on olitics falls apart Take the first few weeks of any intro to oly sci class and also imagine this class is taught by a dedicated opulist who seems to believe that the truth lies at the midpoint between to opposing When I Grow Up (Tales From Foster High, parties and you canrobably guess at the content of this chapter Carrier divies up Arachne points between conservative and liberal his definitions there need refinement like he s splitting up candy between two bratty and whiny children This isn t really helpful For example should we teach creationism half of the time inublic school science classes Certainly Carrier doesn t think so but as a Rock Lead Basics philosopher Carrier is well versed in science and epistemology and so he in that context knows that this kind of moderation is simply not constructive It is usually the case that one side of a conflict is correct often much correct than the other Conservatism like it or not is in every society the name given to the group ofeople who defend and support the roperty rights of the upper class all the way to the oint of feudalism which was once a liberal cause in relation to the conservatives at that time monarchs So these Sri Sumarah, Pariyem dan Bu Bei political terms are relative and it does not help to assignlatforms and virtues to relative olitical stances that change drastically over time The only common denominator between the two is the class struggle Liberals are always for the spreading around of ower in society conservative are always for keeping it in the hands of a Wilfred Owen (Routledge Revivals) privileged few There is no other common thread So Carrier misses the mark here and unfortunately for me this made his book 4 stars instead of 5 And that s a shame because I really want to give it 5 What i m wondering is what on earth does Carrier Populism 101 have to do with Metaphysical Naturalism Nothing I understand it s aart of a hilosophical worldview but we all must choose our specialties and should be humble when we wander away from them see my discussion of ethics above I should also say that Carrier is one of my favorite intellectuals on the internet and I follow him uite regularly But history is really his strong suit and I must say i m most impressed when he is writing on the subject of ancient history and religion I feel like I should raise this book but i m sure he ll live without my back Global Corporations in Global Governance patting An excellent book The title misled me a bit Iicked the book up thinking it would be of a crack at theistic ideas a smart version of something like The God Delusion but it s than that It s a case for Metaphysical Naturalism which is a convoluted title for something but basically just accepts that the natural world is all there is and it s of an explanation of an alternative worldview than an apologetics work It s a great worldview in a box as Luke Muehlhauser Angels in Harmony puts it if you re not sure what to believehilosophically any after figuring out that Christianity doesn t match up very well with realitySome of my favorite uotes Philosophy is therefore no idle Sketchy Behavior pastime but a serious business fundamental to our lives It should be our first if not our only religion a religion wherein worship is replaced with curiosity devotion with diligence holiness with sincerity ritual with study and scripture with the whole world and the whole of human learning So theredictions entailed by a Autumn Brides proposition that are fulfilled the reasonable it is for us to believe it And vice versa theredictions a claim entails that actually fail to transpire when investigated the less reasonable it is for us to believe it All metaphysical naturalists believe that if anything exists in our universe it is a The Princess and the Three Knights part of nature and has a natural cause or origin and there is no need of any other explanation Truth most commonly means correspondence with fact such that a statement is true if the experiences itredicts will actually be experienced under the implied conditions What is rational is reasonable certainty not absolute certainty Unless we still assert belief on The Beauty of Believing pure faith alone However though belief on faith alone may be comforting it is wholly arbitrary and thus does nothing to ensure that you are correct than anyone else So it cannotroperly be described as knowledge but rather as a mere wish a desire that something be true or false or else it is a naive trust in guesswork or hearsay And for us the sages have said it for millennia it really is love that is. If God does not exist then what does Is there good and evil and should we care How do we know what's true anyway And can we make any sense of this universe or our own lives Sense and Goodness answers all these uesti.

Key love of learning love of doing love of others love of ideals love of country or cause anything everything is the foundation of meaning If we lacked that we would certainly be miserable and our lives Sticky Church pointless even if we lived forever It is absolutely crucial to have a sound and successfulhilosophy of life and yet almost no one studies Forbidden Love Unchained philosophy It is rarely taught inublic schools in fact it is barely even taught in universities unless a student specializes in the field The books available in stores or libraries are often dry and almost as often Witches of the Deep South polluted by unsound thinking or obscured behind high brow jargon and symbols or divorced from any relevance to everyday life Rarely are complete and understandablehilosophies of life available by the book clearly written to be studied compared selected Of course so few Metro 2033 (Universo Metro) people even bother to look Religion does not benefit by teaching itsupils to investigate other Christianity philosophies nor does religionrosper by giving Run for Your Life (Michael Bennett, people the tools to think but only by giving them the tools to believe And that reuires suppressing freethought After all if everyone found and embraced reasons to be good and enjoy life without the religious superstitions claimed to be necessary religion would become obsolete a fate I imagine that believers and their churches cannot emotionally or economically affordMetaphysical Naturalism is the only worldview that is supported by all the evidence of all the sciences the only one consistent with all human experience the established truths of history and reason itself No other worldview including theism generally or Evangelical Christianity inarticular is supported by any evidence of any of the sciences Richard Carrier has obviously done a lot of thinking about the Big uestions who are we why are we here what does it mean to love to be a good Alice-Miranda at Camp person to matter And by and large his answers are sound and well thought out especially in the realm of morality and the origin of the universe His views on the scientific method art andolitics I either uibbled with or outright disagreed with But he did get me to confess that yes I am an atheist And I care about what it means to be a good The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature (Penguin Press Science) (English Edition) person anyway The author did a very good job of building his case He used logic and reason to demonstratrate that metaphysical naturalism is the only worldview that is supported by the evidence Carrier also made an honest effort toresent a Christian refutation to his views and convincingly debunked dissenting The Association of Small Bombs points I didn t necessarily like that he focussed so much time on the writings of JP Moreland but I would have to assume that he did so to give a consistent Christianerspective which was aimed at actively criticising his own work There were certainly Wilderness Survival Handbook positions with which I would not be in full agreement with the author but I got the feeling that we could have a great time discussing our differences over a few beers All in all this book was well worth the considerable time it took me to read it I absolutely loved this book I came to it expecting to find an intelligent defense of a moral outlook that didn t depend on a God and found instead a full fledged worldcosmic view thaterfectly described my own but so much completely than I have ever managed to communicate If I were to direct someone to a source from which they might gain a good understanding of my own way of thinking other than to my own writings I would send them to this book which covers topics ranging from the meaning of words to the nature of reason to the nature of the universe how it came to be and why the theory of a naturally occurring universe fits the evidence better than that of one created by a God to the uestion of Free will to the nature of the human mind the meaning of life and of course the origins and nature of genuine morality The White Mans Burden plus other topics you might not expect such as why we find some things beautiful and not others and a commentary onoliticsI enjoyed it all immensely Perhaps you will too There is no refutation for the standard Visit the Sick proofs of supernatural or magical thinking mumbo jumbo that this book doesn t address Usually if you watch a debate on youtube for theroof of God and the Carry Me Over the Threshold person s specific religion all the arguments follow the same six forms design and teleological first cause morality ontologicalurpose of life and The Courtship Basket proof of the resurrection This book leaves no stone unturned androvides a scientific basis and explanation for all supernatural Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 2 Samuel (The Expositors Bible Commentary phenomena and the standardroofs of magical thinking We never appeal to the supernatural anywhere else is life why make an exception for the unknownThe author is actually very gentle as he dismantles each argument The book is really encyclopedic in its Small Talk presentation but he lets his arguments flow into the next such that the listener thinks he s listening to one thematically tied together story with an easy to understand narrative and not realizing the encyclopedic nature of the story He s not really an expert on most of the topics he s discussing but he does a great job in explaining everything but sometimes he lacks depthScience is hard Religion is easy Science must always deal with doubt androbabilities Religion has no doubts Scientific Truth is only a Accidental Pharisees probability The best we can do is have a corresponding theory of truth and if our theories correspond to reality we use them when they don t we modify or get better ones He correctlyoints out the facts of evolution existed before Darwin and the Theory of Evolution is the model that goes about explaining the data better than any other model before it Even if the model gets rejected there are still the facts of Evolution They will always existHe does give the listener many interesting ways of thinking about science and religion and can convince any serious listener that the world can be explained with naturalistic means He makes many insightful oints and almost every reader will rofit from reading or listening to this book He defines a hard atheist as someone who doesn t believe in any of the currently known Gods Thus not necessarily rejecting all supernatural exp. Ons in lavish detail without complex jargon A complete worldview is Light Thickens (Roderick Alleyn, presented and defended covering every subject from knowledge to art from metaphysics to morality from theology toolitics Topics include free will.

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Lanations I think that s a good way of framing the A Multi-Site Church Roadtrip problem It s easy to reject all the currently known Gods buterhaps a good supernatural explanation will come along something coherent consistent and non contradictory and over will have an iota of data or theory to support it The theory of atoms came before ever seeing one but the coiner of the word uanta and real developer of the second law of thermodynamics Ludwig Boltzman was driven to suicide because his correct ideas were rejected by the establishment I m not willing to reject any reasonable theory about a God or a supernatural entity I just haven t come across a reasonable theory as of yetI liked the book and I can recommend it It s a good book for a religious Magic Dreams (Kate Daniels, person who is starting to uestion non naturalistic explanations The only realroblem is the author covers everything but he doesn t ever get to cover anything in depth and gives it the nuance that the topic reuires For example he does talk about the Historicity of the Resurrection and does a good job but Bart Ehrman s latest book covers it in much detail and gives the nuances that s reuired to understand the real issues Matter of fact if I were to recommend one book to help someone deconvert from Christainity it would be to read Bart Ehrman s book How Jesus Became God it can open ones eyes to what it means when someone says the bible says Or if someone s faith was tied up in the truth of The Theory of Evolution I would recommend Dennett s Darwin s Dangerous Idea it gives a complete story on why Evolution Theory is correct and how to think about science Excellent discussion of metaphysical naturalism It is unfortunately an overly broad discussion with regards to specific applications I followed all of his logic and arguments until the very end when he gets into his The End of Intelligent Writing personalolitical views Somehow there is a disconnect between the evidence he demands of religion and the evidence he demands for government Introduction to Orthotics policies He understands the misery brought on by all collective socialistic regimes except the modern liberal ones He also describes all therograms he endorses as being good without offering any evidence to that respect I will however have to read the supporting material he lists at each chapter The first I-O part of the book I would have given 4 stars the last section 1 This was a great book on Naturalism While there are a number of good books that cover the various subjects and disciplines that are addressed in this one none of them knit everything together like Richard Carrier does There is a lot to get through and you will want to read it than once After each section is a bibliography for further exploring the topic being discussed Sense and Goodness Without God by Richard Carrier Sense and Goodness Without God A Defense of Metaphysical Naturalism is a great reference book about the metaphysical naturalist worldview It s a book the answers the bighilosophical uestions about our world in a comprehensive and thorough fashion Mr Carrier tackles a very ambitious டணாயக்கன் கோட்டை [Danaayakkan Kottai] project he covers a lot of interesting issues with a luxury of details such as religion knowledge science artolitics etcThe book has 444 Understanding Central Asia pages and is composed of eight major chapters I Introduction II How We Know III What There Is IV What There Isn t V Natural Morality VI Natural Beauty VII Natural Politics and VIII Conclusion Positives 1 A well written accessible book for the masses of the most importanthilosophical uestions of the world Some concepts are still dense but the author does an excellent job of clearly conveying his worldview 2 Very knowledgeable author who explains with a luxury of details his naturalist worldview Each major chapter is broken out into sub chapters At the end of each subchapter there is a bibliography of suggested reading material Excellent 3 Very thorough book Each topic is covered with great care and obviously well thought out 4 The book is reference uality I will use this book for future reference Some very interesting concepts ideas and even methodology are explained in a clear logical manner 5 There is so much knowledge in this book I also enjoy how the author refutes critics of his worldview JP Moreland is referenced uite a bit 6 One of the biggest strengths of this book is the sound logic backed by science 7 Thought Vietcong provoking I enjoy books that make me think this book is brain candy 8 The concept of abstraction explained inlain English Many concepts as well Thank you 9 The concept or myth that is the soul is one of my favorite topics and Mr Carrier shares much needed insight 10 Coherent thinking throughout 11 Well worth the investment of time needed to read from cover to cover 12 There is a lot to take from this book Many concepts and ideas are much clearer in my mind as a result of this book Mr Carrier s ability to convey cogent thoughts in a Mastering the Mystical Heptarchy precise manner had a lot to do with it 13 Veryositive book Negatives 1 An investment of time is reuired to get through this book but ultimately is worth it 2 So much in this book some chapters are tedious and the author belabors some Relatos inconfesables de un monje points 3 Ambitionerhaps made this book bigger than it should have been 4 With so many diverse topics covered it s expected that some topics will be of much interest than others 5 Some charts or illustrations would have helped explain some concepts As an example a chart of worldviews 6 Perhaps a little humor could have been used to break it up a little bit In summary I compare Sense and Goodness with the building of a solid house At first it takes a while to build up a sound foundation there is a lot of The Gentleman Mentor (Lessons with the Dom, prep work and such but once it is down the walls come up in a hurry That s exactly how this book flows Richard Carrier spends a lot of time going through the methodology of knowledge and establishes a good foundation of what is to come As a reader I was rewarded with an ambitious book that delivers the goods Thehilosophy of Secular Humanism is one I endorse and live by and so it is always good to read a book that articulates my way of thinking cogently The book deserves five stars for its depth and consistenc. The nature of the universe the meaning of life and much arguing from scientific evidence that there is only a hysical natural world without gods or spirits but that we can still live a life of love meaning and joy.

The God Who Wasn't There where he is interviewed about his doubts on the historicity of Jesus He currently contributes to

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