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The Outsider Test for Faith by John W. Loftus

The Outsider Test for Faith

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The Outsider Test for Faith by John W. Loftus
Mar 19, 2013 | 300 Pages
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“Loftus makes a convincing case that believers who are willing to honestly apply the outsider test cannot but fail to see the irrationality of their faith.”
-Victor Stenger, author of God and the Atom

“When an evangelical minister can ask tough questions about religion and leave the faith, then so can you. John Loftus is the religious believer’s genuine friend, respecting your intelligence enough to show you how religions really work. His new book questions every religion with the same challenge: what reasons could it really have for claiming to possess the unique truth? When the façades of familiarity and unquestionability are ripped away, exposing faith’s weaknesses to both insiders and outsiders, can any religion pass this test?”
-Dr. John Shook, Center for Inquiry and American Humanist Association

“This is the greatest book Loftus has ever produced. It’s without question a must-read for any believer and any atheist who wants to debate them. Superbly argued, air tight, and endlessly useful, this should be everyone’s first stop in the god debate. Loftus meets every objection and proves that the Outsider Test for Faith is the core of every case against religious belief and the one argument you can’t honestly get around. It takes religion on at its most basic presuppositions, forcing the believer into a dilemma from which there is no escape: either abandon your faith or admit you don’t believe in being logically consistent. After reading it and sincerely applying its principles, anyone who really wants to be rational will be on the road to atheism in no time.”
-Dr. Richard Carrier, author of Proving History: Bayes’s Theorem and the Quest for the Historical Jesus

“Perhaps the most intractable argument against Loftus’s outsider test for faith is some version of ‘I can’t do it. I can’t get far enough outside of my emotions and beliefs to examine my own religion like I would any other.’ As a psychologist I find that credible. We all have a very imperfect and fragmentary ability to see ourselves as others see us. But this in no way undermines Loftus’s foundational argument that the outsider test should be the gold standard.”
-Dr. Valerie Tarico, psychologist and author of Trusting Doubt

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