the Beliefs of Theists of
Every Stripe Are So Unbelievable
would like to thank Ricky Gervais and the late George Carlin, two funny
atheists, for their inspiration and
motivation. I recently saw Carlin address religion
his comedy specials. He was both funny and profound. And I saw Gervais
in an interview in
which he talked about atheism, religion and comedy.
words helped me decide that it was time to write this book, a
that is for everybody -- atheists, agnostics and believers of
if you struggling with
you doubts, read this book and struggle no more. You will be able to
happily move into the big atheist tent. Atheists,
you know that god, the
Bible (and all holy books) and all religions are myths. Now
here is a book that puts your thoughts into words using logic,
research, the words of believers and even humour. And
you are currently a believer
and if you are still a believer after reading this book, then you have
demonstrated to yourself that your faith is strong. Ridiculous. But
fact that my father, a man who could out fundamentalist any
fundamentalist Christian out there, has passed away has also helped me
this book, I must
confess. It's not that I couldn't write the book with him alive. It's
just that with my dad deceased I don't have to listen to him
point out all the ways that I am wrong -- other than when I say other
believers who are not Pentecostals (the fundamentalist Christian sect
to which my dad belonged) are misguided in their beliefs.
thinking, shared by just about every religious sect out there --
"You're wrong!" "No, you're wrong!" "No, you are both wrong!"
at the heart of The Atheist
Chronicles. Because no matter
your faith, you are all wrong --
each and every one of you. Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. And this book will tell
you exactly why.
by successful freelance writer, author, and writing instructor Paul Lima, The Atheist
Chronicles is a romp
through a subject that has caused more people more pain
than just about any other issue -- other than intense poverty,
hunger and starvation, and war -- often fought in the names of
Introduction to The Atheist Chronicles
I was raised a fundamentalist Christian. A Pentecostal. A theist.
father believed that the earth is six thousand years old. In other
words, god made the earth and the entire universe in six days, six
thousand years ago. That would make the television series The
Flintstones, a world in which human beings and dinosaurs co-existed, a
documentary. On the seventh day, the Sabbath, god rested and we all had
to go to church every Sunday ever since. Unless you are Jewish. If so,
you do your worshipping at the synagogue on Saturday. Mind you, if you
are Muslim, Friday is your holy day. My goodness, god gets a three-day
and Eve lived in the Garden of Eden, my father believed. Eve was
tempted by the Snake -- a deceptive creature with no arms or legs and
no ability to speak, as far as we know -- to eat the fruit from the
Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil that grew in the Garden. I think
we'd all agree that there is good and evil in the world, but evidently
humans should not have eaten of this fruit as we should not have been
able to tell the difference between the two ways of being. As far as
I'm concerned, Eve did not eat enough fruit off this tree!
this bizarre, fundamentalist belief, I was born. In fact, I was raised
as an Italian Pentecostal. In a world where almost every Italian who is
religious is Catholic, my family was a rare breed. We were part of a
congregation of about four hundred Pentecostals who attended the
Italian Pentecostal church at the corner of College and Montrose in
Toronto, Canada. If you know the church and its location you might say,
"Wait a minute. Wasn't there another Italian Pentecostal church on
Ossington Avenue, just south of Bloor Street, less than ten blocks from
have to nod my head in agreement about the other Italian Pentecostal
church. It had a congregation of about two hundred. However, these were
the only two Italian Pentecostal churches in Toronto when I was growing
up. By comparison, there are over two hundred Catholic churches in the
city. So Italian Pentecostals are rare indeed.
so rare, you are probably wondering, why were two Italian Pentecostal
churches located in such close proximity? The answer is simple. This
area of Toronto is known as Little Italy so it made sense for both
churches to locate where the Italians in Toronto lived. But why two
churches, instead of one larger Italian Pentecostal church? To answer
that question, you need to know that Italian Pentecostals who attended
the church on Ossington believed that you had to drain the blood from a
chicken before you cooked it. The members of our congregation did not
hold that belief. That's why there were two groups of Italian
Pentecostals, a minuscule sect of fundamentalist Christians, who are a
sect of Christians, who are one sect of scores of religious factions in
each Italian Pentecostal congregation held different beliefs about what
you had to do with a chicken before cooking it. Of course, being good
Christians, the members of each church believed that the members of the
other would, for their erroneous belief, rot in Hell.
With that in mind, I feel like I could end the book here -- with two
congregations of fundamentalists, each believing in the same god as
described in the same Bible, thinking each other was going to Hell, all
because of chicken blood. If that is not grounds for atheism, then
nothing is! But I will carry on writing The Atheist Chronicles and
outline the rationale for rabid theism and religion and my reasons for
first, I want to tell you when and why I lost my faith.
clearly remember the day it happened. I was about six years
and a fervent believer in someone more important to me than god or
Jesus. I remember a cousin, about two years older than I was, whisking
me down a dark hall in the house where I grew up. He had something
important to tell me. In the darkness of that hallway he whispered in
my ear five words that I will never, ever forget: "There is no Santa
was totally devastated to learn that Santa Claus was fiction that our
parents told us as a way to get us to behave all year long -- unless we
wanted to receive lumps of coal in our stockings on Christmas morning.
From there it was not much of a stretch to atheism. No Santa Claus, no
god. No god, no Jesus. No Jesus, no Heaven or Hell. No Heaven or Hell,
no carrot and stick prodding one to live by all the strange
of the Pentecostal religion.
did not mean, released from the rules of religion, I became a juvenile
delinquent, a criminal or even an asshole -- at least not a big one.
After all, we have secular laws to keep us in place. And I find that
most people, not all people, are inherently decent. In fact, some of
the biggest jerks I know are members of the so-called religious right:
the people who found in their hearts the ability to vote for the
opposite of everything their religion allegedly stands for by electing
Donald Trump -- a lying, racist, sexist, belligerent, ignorant
sinner -- President of the United States of America.
that too is not grounds for atheism, then nothing is! But this is not a
book about politics. So with that digression out of the way, I will
return to my look at atheism and the grounds for it and my look at
theism and the grounds against it. This book primarily addresses
monotheist religious zealots, known as fundamentalist Christians.
However, it cannot do that without some background on the history and
evolution of religion. And it will touch on other religious sects now
and then to give the evolution of religious beliefs and god worship
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1 / Introduction
2 / In The Beginning…
3 / gods and Religions
4 / The Bible
5 / Violence In The Name Of god
6 / Why Are People Religious?
7 / Christians Abusing Christians
8 / Quotes On Atheism
9 / Your Choice
10 / Final Words
About the Author