Below is a small preview of chapter 3 from my upcoming e-book. I think I will likely sell the first book for just 1 dollar in hopes more people buy it and hopefully enjoy it enough to buy the subsequent books.
As always, polite constructive criticism is appreciated as equally as compliments.
Understanding what theism is can be a major boon to an atheist that enjoys debating theists like I do. It allows you to cut off certain generalized arguments/defamations they like to toss at atheists, like “Stalin, Mao and Pot Pol were atheists and he killed more people than any religion.”
Many atheists, myself included at times, come back with, “But they didn’t do it in the name of atheism.” (oh how I wish I could use basic formatting like italics on Twitter).
This almost always inevitably leads to the theist saying it’s a No True Scotsman Fallacy. It isn’t and I might as well explain why now. When an atheist says, “But they didn’t do it in the name of atheism.”, they aren’t denying that Stalin, Mao and Pot Pol were atheists. They aren’t saying they weren’t actually atheist, in fact, it’s saying the exact opposite by accepting and admitting they were atheist, but then explaining that atheism wasn’t their primary motivation for killing people.
Yes, they killed clergy, but they killed anyone that they saw as a threat to their grasp on power. Theism is a major threat to an authoritarians power as it puts something above them. Theistic authoritarians believe and promote the idea that they have been appointed by God himself to rule and so it doesn’t matter that God is above them, because they effectively speak for their god. These types will kill anyone that disputes their divine authority, so it’s easy enough for clergy to accept this and thus save their necks.
It is unsurprising that an atheist authoritarian would not want people to hold anything above them. It’s also unsurprising that the clergy would find it difficult to accept this notion & would automatically oppose this. Just as the theistic authoritarian kills anyone that opposes their divine authority, the atheist authoritarian kills anyone that opposes their supreme power.
If one looks at Stalin, for example, from this perspective, it’s easy to see why he opposed religion and it’s easy to see how he managed to kill tens of millions of people in just a few years. No murderous authoritarian before him had access to advanced weaponry like machine guns, tanks, artillery and warplanes. Combine this with the fact that Christianity was pervasive in Russian culture, and it’s no wonder Stalin felt he had to kill so many to maintain his grip on power.
I hope this whets your appetite for my e-book. I am nervous as all hell about this first book as it is a huge step for me but also excited beyond belief. I am trying to keep my expectations low for how well it will be accepted, but I also hope you all like it. Anyway, enough babbling incoherently about my fears.
Until next time, keep drinking the Kool-aid and be nice to one another.