Atheist in a Foxhole  One Man s Quest for Meaning Book

Atheist in a Foxhole One Man s Quest for Meaning


  • Author : Ruth Imler Langhinrichs
  • Publisher : iUniverse
  • Release Date : 2015-05-26
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9781491766217

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Atheist in a Foxhole One Man s Quest for Meaning Excerpt :

The life of Richard Alan Langhinrichs is a remarkable journeyin his own words as he struggles with his personal demonsand in the words and remembrances of his family, friends and colleagues. He was awarded two medals for valor in Saipan during WWII, where he proclaimed, There are atheists in foxholes, because Im one. Dick enrolled in Northwestern University at the age of 17, joined a fraternity, and wanting to appear blase because he was on a full scholarship, was able to fulfill this ambition, partly because he could play the piano with panache and savoir faire by imitating George Gershwin. At the wars end, he headed to New York City for a stage career while writing a novel and pursuing his lifelong quest for meaning, but years later his midlife crisis changed the course of his journey. The ministry would become his career, but not until he had been a struggling novelist, a successful real estate agent in New Yorks Greenwich Village and a highly paid business executive in Detroit. Dick was a prolific reader and books that influenced his philosophy and his quest for meaning are listed as Sacred Texts at the end of Part I: One Mans Journey.

Saipan Book

Saipan


  • Author : James H. Hallas
  • Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
  • Release Date : 2019-05-01
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 592
  • ISBN 10 : 9780811768436

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Saipan Excerpt :

The story of the Battle of Saipan has it all. Marines at war: on Pacific beaches, in hellish volcanic landscapes in places like Purple Heart Ridge, Death Valley, and Hell’s Pocket, under a commander known as “Howlin’ Mad.” Naval combat: carriers battling carriers from afar, fighters downing Japanese aircraft, submarines sinking carriers. Marine-army rivalry. Fanatical Japanese defense and resistance. A turning point of the Pacific War. James Hallas reconstructs the full panorama of Saipan in a way that no recent chronicler of the battle has done. In its comprehensiveness, attention to detail, scope of research, and ultimate focus on the men who fought and won the battle on the beaches and at and above the sea, it rivals Richard Frank’s modern classic Guadalcanal. This is the definitive military history of the Battle of Saipan.

Atheist in a Foxhole  One Man s Quest for Meaning  Reflections  Insights  and Legacy of Richard Alan Langhinrichs  1921 1990  Book

Atheist in a Foxhole One Man s Quest for Meaning Reflections Insights and Legacy of Richard Alan Langhinrichs 1921 1990


  • Author : Ruth Imler Langhinrichs Editor
  • Publisher : iUniverse
  • Release Date : 2015-05-22
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 1491766204

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Atheist in a Foxhole One Man s Quest for Meaning Reflections Insights and Legacy of Richard Alan Langhinrichs 1921 1990 Excerpt :

The life of Richard Alan Langhinrichs is a remarkable journey?in his own words as he struggles with his personal demons?and in the words and remembrances of his family, friends and colleagues. He was awarded two medals for valor in Saipan during WWII, where he proclaimed, ?There are atheists in foxholes, because I?m one.? Dick enrolled in Northwestern University at the age of 17, joined a fraternity, and wanting to appear blase? because he was on a full scholarship, was able to fulfill this ambition, partly because he could play the piano with panache and savoir faire by imitating George Gershwin. At the war?s end, he headed to New York City for a stage career while writing a novel and pursuing his lifelong quest for meaning, but years later his midlife crisis changed the course of his journey. The ministry would become his career, but not until he had been a struggling novelist, a successful real estate agent in New York?s Greenwich Village and a highly paid business executive in Detroit. Dick was a prolific reader and books that influenced his philosophy and his quest for meaning are listed as Sacred Texts at the end of Part I: One Man?s Journey.

Atheist Universe Book
Score: 4
From 11 Ratings

Atheist Universe


  • Author : David Mills
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2006-08-04
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 274
  • ISBN 10 : 9781569752630

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Atheist Universe Excerpt :

Using logic, common sense, philosophy, ethics, history, and science, the author rebuts every argument that claims to “prove” the existence of God. IS THERE REALLY A GOD? OR DOES GOD EXIST ONLY IN OUR HEADS? IS THE BIBLE TRULY GOD’S WORD? OR IS IT A JUMBLE OF FANCIFUL MYTHS? Atheist Universe details why God is unnecessary to explain the universe’s diversity, organization and beauty. Using simple, straightforward logic, this book rebuts every argument that claims to “prove” God’s existence. A comprehensive primer for countering today’s religious dogma, Atheist Universe addresses all the historical and scientific questions, including: •What is atheism, and why is it so misunderstood? •If God is a myth, then how did the universe appear? •Without God, is there an objective “right” and “wrong”? •What is the meaning of life without God? •Is there evidence of Jesus’s miracles and resurrection? •Can atheists explain “near death” experiences and medical miracles? •Can science and the Bible realistically be reconciled? •What is the behind-the-scenes relationship between politics and religion? “An admirable work.” —Richard Dawkins “David’s work will be very useful for anyone combating harmful religious beliefs. Honest, frank, and right to the point!”—Albert Ellis, Ph.D., father of modern psychotherapy, author of A Guide to Rational Living

50 Great Myths About Atheism Book

50 Great Myths About Atheism


  • Author : Anonim
  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Release Date : 2013-10-28
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9780470674055

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50 Great Myths About Atheism Excerpt :

Tackling a host of myths and prejudices commonly leveled at atheism, this captivating volume bursts with sparkling, eloquent arguments on every page. The authors rebut claims that range from atheism being just another religion to the alleged atrocities committed in its name. An accessible yet scholarly commentary on hot-button issues in the debate over religious belief Teaches critical thinking skills through detailed, rational argument Objectively considers each myth on its merits Includes a history of atheism and its advocates, an appendix detailing atheist organizations, and an extensive bibliography Explains the differences between atheism and related concepts such as agnosticism and naturalism

Brief Answers to the Big Questions Book
Score: 4.5
From 16 Ratings

Brief Answers to the Big Questions


  • Author : Stephen Hawking
  • Publisher : Bantam
  • Release Date : 2018
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 230
  • ISBN 10 : 9781984819192

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Brief Answers to the Big Questions Excerpt :

"Published in the United Kingdom by John Murray (Publishers)"--Copyright page.

No Sense of Obligation Book

No Sense of Obligation


  • Author : Matt Young
  • Publisher : AuthorHouse
  • Release Date : 2001-11-01
  • Genre: Education
  • Pages : 368
  • ISBN 10 : 9780759610880

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No Sense of Obligation Excerpt :

Some of the Praise for No Sense of Obligation . . . fascinating analysis of religious belief -- Steve Allen, author, composer, entertainer [A] tour de force of science and religion, reason and faith, denoting in clear and unmistakable language and rhetoric what science really reveals about the cosmos, the world, and ourselves. Michael Shermer, Publisher, Skeptic Magazine; Author, How We Believe: The Search for God in an Age of Science About the Book Rejecting belief without evidence, a scientist searches the scientific, theological, and philosophical literature for a sign from God--and finds him to be an allegory. This remarkable book, written in the layperson’s language, leaves no room for unproven ideas and instead seeks hard evidence for the existence of God. The author, a sympathetic critic and observer of religion, finds instead a physical universe that exists reasonlessly. He attributes good and evil to biology, not to God. In place of theism, the author gives us the knowledge that the universe is intelligible and that we are grownups, responsible for ourselves. He finds salvation in the here and now, and no ultimate purpose in life, except as we define it.

The Moral Arc Book
Score: 3.5
From 10 Ratings

The Moral Arc


  • Author : Michael Shermer
  • Publisher : Henry Holt and Company
  • Release Date : 2015-01-20
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 560
  • ISBN 10 : 9780805096934

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The Moral Arc Excerpt :

Bestselling author Michael Shermer's exploration of science and morality that demonstrates how the scientific way of thinking has made people, and society as a whole, more moral From Galileo and Newton to Thomas Hobbes and Martin Luther King, Jr., thinkers throughout history have consciously employed scientific techniques to better understand the non-physical world. The Age of Reason and the Enlightenment led theorists to apply scientific reasoning to the non-scientific disciplines of politics, economics, and moral philosophy. Instead of relying on the woodcuts of dissected bodies in old medical texts, physicians opened bodies themselves to see what was there; instead of divining truth through the authority of an ancient holy book or philosophical treatise, people began to explore the book of nature for themselves through travel and exploration; instead of the supernatural belief in the divine right of kings, people employed a natural belief in the right of democracy. In The Moral Arc, Shermer will explain how abstract reasoning, rationality, empiricism, skepticism--scientific ways of thinking--have profoundly changed the way we perceive morality and, indeed, move us ever closer to a more just world.

Baseball As a Road to God Book
Score: 4
From 14 Ratings

Baseball As a Road to God


  • Author : John Sexton
  • Publisher : Avery
  • Release Date : 2014-03-04
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 242
  • ISBN 10 : 9781592408641

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Baseball As a Road to God Excerpt :

Describes how baseball appreciation can lead to a transcendental experience that borders on the spiritual and discusses the shared connection between the sport and religion and the path to enlightenment.

Ghosts of War Book
Score: 4
From 19 Ratings

Ghosts of War


  • Author : Ryan Smithson
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Release Date : 2009-04-21
  • Genre: Young Adult Nonfiction
  • Pages : 360
  • ISBN 10 : 9780061852152

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Ghosts of War Excerpt :

In this extraordinary and harrowing memoir, follow one GI’s tour of duty as Ryan Smithson brings readers inside a world that few understand. This is no ordinary teenager’s story. Instead of opting for college life, Ryan Smithson joined the Army Reserve when he was seventeen. Two years later, he was deployed to Iraq as an Army engineer. His story—and the stories of thousands of other soldiers—is nothing like what you see on CNN or read about in the New York Times. This unforgettable story about combat, friendship, fear, and a soldier’s commitment to his country peels back the curtain on the realities of war in a story all Americans should read.

Cloak of the Light Book
Score: 5
From 4 Ratings

Cloak of the Light


  • Author : Chuck Black
  • Publisher : Multnomah
  • Release Date : 2014-03-18
  • Genre: Young Adult Fiction
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9781601425034

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Cloak of the Light Excerpt :

Drew is caught in a world of light - just inches away from the dark What if...there was a world beyond our vision, a world just fingertips beyond our reach? What if...our world wasn’t beyond their influence? Tragedy and heartache seem to be waiting for Drew Carter at every turn, but college offers Drew a chance to start over—until an accident during a physics experiment leaves him blind and his genius friend, Benjamin Berg, missing. As his sight miraculously returns, Drew discovers that the accident has heightened his neuron activity, giving him skills and sight beyond the normal man. When he begins to observe fierce invaders that no one else can see, he questions his own sanity, and so do others. But is he insane or do the invaders truly exist? With help from Sydney Carlyle, a mysterious and elusive girl who offers encouragement through her faith, Drew searches for his missing friend, Ben, who seems to hold the key to unlocking this mystery. As the dark invaders close in, will he find the truth in time?

Why Would Anyone Believe in God  Book
Score: 3
From 1 Ratings

Why Would Anyone Believe in God


  • Author : Justin L. Barrett
  • Publisher : Altamira Press
  • Release Date : 2004
  • Genre: Psychology
  • Pages : 141
  • ISBN 10 : UOM:39015059101132

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Why Would Anyone Believe in God Excerpt :

Because of the design of our minds. That is Justin Barrett's simple answer to the question of his title. With rich evidence from cognitive science but without technical language, psychologist Barrett shows that belief in God is an almost inevitable consequence of the kind of minds we have. Most of what we believe comes from mental tools working below our conscious awareness. And what we believe consciously is in large part driven by these unconscious beliefs. Barrett demonstrates that beliefs in gods match up well with these automatic assumptions; beliefs in an all-knowing, all-powerful God match up even better. Barrett goes on to explain why beliefs like religious beliefs are so widespread and why it is very difficult for our minds to think without them. Anyone who wants a concise, clear, and scientific explanation of why anyone would believe in God should pick up Barrett's book.

Religion and Ethnicity in Canada Book

Religion and Ethnicity in Canada


  • Author : Paul Bramadat
  • Publisher : University of Toronto Press
  • Release Date : 2009-10-10
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 264
  • ISBN 10 : 9781442697027

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Religion and Ethnicity in Canada Excerpt :

As the leading book in its field, Religion and Ethnicity in Canada has been embraced by scholars, teachers, students, and policy makers as a breakthrough study of Canadian religio-ethnic diversity and its impact on multiculturalism. A team of established scholars looks at the relationships between religious and ethnic identity in Canada's six largest minority religious communities: Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs, Jews, Muslims and practitioners of Chinese religion. The chapters also highlight the ethnic diversity extant within these traditions in order to offer a more nuanced appreciation of the variety of lived experiences of members of these communities. Together, the contributors develop consistent themes throughout the volume, among them the changing nature of religious practice and ideas, current demographics, racism, and the role of women. Chapters related to the public policy issues of healthcare, education and multiculturalism show how new ethnic and religious diversity are challenging and changing Canadian institutions and society. Comprehensive and insightful, Religion and Ethnicity in Canada makes a unique contribution to the study of world religions in Canada.

Not Fade Away Book
Score: 4
From 3 Ratings

Not Fade Away


  • Author : Laurence Shames
  • Publisher : Rodale
  • Release Date : 2003-09-20
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN 10 : 1579546889

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Not Fade Away Excerpt :

Chronicles the life of the founder of Liberty Media, from his protests against the Vietnam War and his jam sessions with Sha Na Na through his work as a political consultant and businessman and his battle against cancer.

God Is Not Great Book
Score: 3.5
From 4,041 Ratings

God Is Not Great


  • Author : Christopher Hitchens
  • Publisher : McClelland & Stewart
  • Release Date : 2008-11-19
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9781551991764

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God Is Not Great Excerpt :

Christopher Hitchens, described in the London Observer as “one of the most prolific, as well as brilliant, journalists of our time” takes on his biggest subject yet–the increasingly dangerous role of religion in the world. In the tradition of Bertrand Russell’s Why I Am Not a Christian and Sam Harris’s recent bestseller, The End Of Faith, Christopher Hitchens makes the ultimate case against religion. With a close and erudite reading of the major religious texts, he documents the ways in which religion is a man-made wish, a cause of dangerous sexual repression, and a distortion of our origins in the cosmos. With eloquent clarity, Hitchens frames the argument for a more secular life based on science and reason, in which hell is replaced by the Hubble Telescope’s awesome view of the universe, and Moses and the burning bush give way to the beauty and symmetry of the double helix.