I'm being only a little ironic with the title. My name really is Daniel. And I wrote this book.
I'm an atheist. I don't believe that any Supreme Being is watching over us, and I believe that the universe is simply here because it is here, without the need for any "intelligent designer" to have made it occur.
In this book, I've tried to express my own, personal point of view about God and gods, about religion, and about how and why humanity came up with these ideas. A lot of it will consist of things I have thought of on my own, mixed with ideas I got from somewhere else. And facts. And wide consensus of experts that can play the role of facts.
My intended audience is people who are already questioning their religious beliefs, or are not sure whether they have any, or who never did have any, who want to hear from someone who did his own questioning long ago, perhaps to support or give new shape to their own perceptions on the subject of religion. That is, if you want some reasons not to believe, I'm offering some here.
If you are looking for "proof" that God doesn't exist, that's not what this is about. I don't believe it is possible to prove God doesn't exist or to prove that He does, using anything humanity has ever learned, thought, or experienced so far. All attempts to do one or the other have always appeared lame to me. The entire concept of God is outside the boundaries of what "rational proof" is capable of establishing.
Anyone is welcome to read this book. I will often address the reader as if he/she is a religious person, because I will be making arguments, and it is such persons whom I am arguing with -- and I do hope some of them will read this, and offer responses to some of the things I've said here. (It does take two sides to have an argument.) But I am not, in truth, trying to convert anyone from religion to atheism. I am not operating under the delusion I can argue anyone out of their faith in God. Chapter 1, in fact, will suggest why converting anyone is unlikely.
I will cite sources when I feel the need. Sometimes the source will be Wikipedia. People tend to disparage Wikipedia, putting it low on their scale of reliability, but the authors of its most serious articles work very hard and they cite outside sources, either books or Web pages to which they provide links, and if you don't hold Wikipedia in high regard, then check out the outside sources and make judgments on them. In fact, you're welcome to do your own research on anything I say here.
The level of scholarship here is fairly modest. I haven't tried to bring the work up to professional publication level. I don't see why I would need to. Nobody is paying me for this.
I hope this book is helpful.
For the book, here is the Table of Contents. Each chapter ends with a link to the next chapter, so you can read straight through without coming back to this page, if you want. ALSO, down below the table of contents, there is a link to a downloadable PDF copy of the entire book, if you'd like to read it that way. For that, your computer would need to be equipped with a PDF reader, such as Adobe Reader.
2. VALUES THREATS
3. WHY DO SO MANY PEOPLE BELIEVE IN GOD?
4. THE MAIN EVENT: GOOD VERSUS EVIL
5. MORALITY FOR ATHEISTS
6. IS THE BIBLE BELIEVABLE?
7. MIRACLES AND GOD'S BLUNDERBUSS
8. IS GOD OKAY?
9. SO WHERE DID IT ALL COME FROM THEN?
10. SOME QUESTIONS