A Friendly Letter to Skeptics and Atheists: Musings on Why God Is Good and Faith Isn't Evil

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A Friendly Letter to Skeptics and Atheists helpsreaders—both secular and religious—appreciate theircommon ground. For those whose thinking has moved from thereligious thesis to the skeptical antithesis (or vice versa), Myersoffers pointers to a science-respecting Christian synthesis. Heshows how skeptics and people of faith can share a commitment toreason, evidence, and critical thinking, while also embracing afaith that supports human flourishing—by making sense of theuniverse, giving meaning to life, connecting us in supportivecommunities, mandating altruism, and offering hope in the face ofadversity and death.

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"David Myers is the perfect person to write this book because heis both a skeptic and a theist, a world-class debunker of allthings nonsense, and yet a man of faith. How can these twotraditions be reconciled? Read this book to findout."—Michael Shermer publisher of Skeptic magazine, monthlycolumnist for Scientific American, author of Why Darwin Matters,How We Believe, and The Science of Good and Evil

"With winsome humor and refreshing humility, David Myers offersa compelling case for skeptics and secularists that maturebelievers are a lot more like them than theyrealize—committed to reason and evidence, and offended bymisuses of religion by dogmatists with personal or politicalagendas. Yet he also shows how life can be enriched by embracing aspiritual worldview that adds to rather than subtracts from thesearch for truth. This is the perfect book for your friend who isan open-minded atheist or agnostic."—Francis S. Collins M.D.,Ph.D., director of the Human Genome Project and?author, TheLanguage of God

"Witty, disarming, engaging, informative, and above all, greatfun to read. The best response to the 'New Atheism' todate."—Alister McGrathOxford University,biophysicist-theologian and author, The Dawkins Delusion? AtheistFundamentalism and the Denial of the Divine

"Is religion evil? Psychologist Dave Myers concedes that evilacts have been done in the name of religion, but he challengesskeptics who condemn all religion to do their homework morecarefully. I highly recommend this nonpolemical treatment forthoughtful readers of all persuasions."
—Owen Gingerich professor of Astronomy & History ofScience Emeritus, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, andauthor, God's Universe

"With humility, erudition, and a profound commitment toscientific truth, Myers has given us the book we must all readbefore we jump to conclusions about the nature and value ofreligion."—Jonathan Haidt University of Virginia psychologistand author, The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth inAncient Wisdom

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A Friendly Letter to Skeptics and Atheists

In response to recent atheist manifestos declaring that religionis "dangerous," social psychologist David G. Myers transcends theskeptic/believer divide by suggesting how faith can be reasonable,science-affirming, and humane. As a respected behavioral scientistand a person of faith, Myers shows how an educated and engagedfaith is associated with happiness, health, tolerance, generosity,and volunteerism, and does not imply gay bashing, magical ideasabout prayer, or a division of body and soul.

A Friendly Letter to Skeptics and Atheists helpsreaders—both secular and religious—appreciate theircommon ground. For those whose thinking has moved from thereligious thesis to the skeptical antithesis (or vice versa), Myersoffers pointers to a science-respecting Christian synthesis. Heshows how skeptics and people of faith can share a commitment toreason, evidence, and critical thinking, while also embracing afaith that supports human flourishing by making sense of theuniverse, giving meaning to life, connecting us in supportivecommunities, mandating altruism, and offering hope in the face ofadversity and death.

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