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 helps readers—both secular and religious—appreciate their common ground. For those whose thinking has moved from the religious thesis to the skeptical antithesis (or vice versa), Myers offers pointers to a science-respecting Christian synthesis. He shows how skeptics and people of faith can share a commitment to reason, evidence, and critical thinking, while also embracing a faith that supports human flourishing—by making sense of the universe, giving meaning to life, connecting us in supportive communities, mandating altruism, and offering hope in the face of adversity and death.

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"David Myers is the perfect person to write this book because he is both a skeptic and a theist, a world-class debunker of all things nonsense, and yet a man of faith. How can these two traditions be reconciled? Read this book to find out."—Michael Shermer publisher of Skeptic magazine, monthly columnist 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 offers a compelling case for skeptics and secularists that mature believers are a lot more like them than they realize—committed to reason and evidence, and offended by misuses of religion by dogmatists with personal or political agendas. Yet he also shows how life can be enriched by embracing a spiritual worldview that adds to rather than subtracts from the search for truth. This is the perfect book for your friend who is an open-minded atheist or agnostic."—Francis S. Collins M.D., Ph.D., director of the Human Genome Project and?author, The Language of God

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

"Is religion evil? Psychologist Dave Myers concedes that evil acts have been done in the name of religion, but he challenges skeptics who condemn all religion to do their homework more carefully. I highly recommend this nonpolemical treatment for thoughtful readers of all persuasions."
—Owen Gingerich professor of Astronomy & History of Science Emeritus, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, and author, God's Universe

"With humility, erudition, and a profound commitment to scientific truth, Myers has given us the book we must all read before we jump to conclusions about the nature and value of religion."—Jonathan Haidt University of Virginia psychologist and author, The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom

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A Friendly Letter to Skeptics and Atheists

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

A Friendly Letter to Skeptics and Atheists helps readers—both secular and religious—appreciate their common ground. For those whose thinking has moved from the religious thesis to the skeptical antithesis (or vice versa), Myers offers pointers to a science-respecting Christian synthesis. He shows how skeptics and people of faith can share a commitment to reason, evidence, and critical thinking, while also embracing a faith that supports human flourishing by making sense of the universe, giving meaning to life, connecting us in supportive communities, mandating altruism, and offering hope in the face of adversity and death.

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