Everybody Is Wrong About God by James A. LindsayA call to action to address people’s psychological and social motives for a belief in God, rather than debate the existence of God
With every argument for theism long since discredited, the result is that atheism has become little more than the noises reasonable people make in the presence of unjustified religious beliefs. Thus, engaging in interminable debate with religious believers about the existence of God has become exactly the wrong way for nonbelievers to try to deal with misguided—and often dangerous—belief in a higher power. The key, author James Lindsay argues, is to stop that particular conversation. He demonstrates that whenever people say they believe in “God,” they are really telling us that they have certain psychological and social needs that they do not know how to meet. Lindsay then provides more productive avenues of discussion and action. Once nonbelievers understand this simple point, and drop the very label of atheist, will they be able to change the way we all think about, talk about, and act upon the troublesome notion called “God.”
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The End of Atheism: a review of Everybody is Wrong About God
Lindsay does indeed say that everyone is approaching the question of God in the wrong way. But some are more wrong than others. This is the first major issue he truly addresses in the book—should atheists continue to debate the existence of God? Lindsay argues that any argument by atheists over the existence of God only gives false fuel to those who are for the existence of God because it serves as a tacit acknowledgement that they have a side to be argued. The longer we argue there is no God, the longer the debate will last, under the false equivalence of religion and scientific truth. Rather, Lindsay argues that their necessary contribution has, in twelve short years, won overwhelmingly in the battle of ideas.