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The Reason Revolution
Atheism, Secular Humanism, and the Collapse of Religion
a perpetual work-in-progress* by Dan Dana, PhD
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This short book, only 8,000 finely crafted words, is destined to be one of the most cited and influential modern treatises on atheism and secular humanism. It focuses squarely on the inherent irrationality of religion, and reveals its utter irreconcilability with science. Offering several "reconciliation theories" to people of faith, it forces every reader to make a choice.
- The Reason Revolution in historical context
- Questioning belief
- Reasons for skepticism
- Secular humanism as an alternative worldview
- Political implications of atheism
- The collapse of religion
- Hopeful predictions
- Reconciliation theories
- Comments by clergy
- Call to action
- About the author
- Other books by this author
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"A short thoughtful and cogent volume discussing why the alternatives to religious belief simply make more sense in the modern world. I would recommend this for all readers, particularly those who are new to these discussions, for guidance and motivation. Well done!"
"Religious people may not read Dawkins, Harris or Hitchens, but they might read Dana. His nine 'reasons for skepticism' are an excellent basis for discussions with religious friends, especially Reason #4: The Accidental Human Population."
"Short, sweet, provocative: a trifecta of characteristics that promote humanism and give even us theists reasons to pause and reflect. Dana's work is a great starter for conversations between people of differing views on that ultimate philosophical/theological question: why does anything exist at all? Keep writing, Mr. Dana."
"Dan Dana's work, The Reason Revolution, is a cogent plea for
sensible humanistic skepticism and sounder education of the public
regarding scientifically demonstrable realities. He shows how
indoctrination into various forms of mythic nonsense has led to
inexcusably inhuman abuses, and he warns against the intrusion of
superstition into government policies. His thirteen 'hopeful
predictions' for a better world, free of the intellectual tyranny of
religion, are well worth adopting as a recipe for an improved future."
"This is the kind of handy, short book needed in the atheist movement, a go-to resource for those who want a better understanding of atheism, secularism, etc."
"In The Reason Revolution, psychologist Dan Dana lays out a clear and concise introduction to scientifically oriented secular humanism as a compelling worldview. He boldly predicts the growth of present trends toward secularism and points the way to a brighter future for humanity. When you feel your hope eroding at the latest depressing news of religious terrorism or conflict, read this book."
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Dan Dana is a retired educator, mediator, and psychologist who has turned his attention to the advancement of secular humanism. Born in 1945 to a Protestant family in rural Missouri, he attributes his awakening to atheistic humanism as a worldview to his discovery as a youth of the philosophy of Bertrand Russell. Dan's life experiences include serving in the U.S. Army in Vietnam (noncombat) and Panama Canal Zone (1966-1968); founding in 1985 and growing a successful Internet-based educational enterprise (endowed to a Florida college in 2013); being a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives (1998); teaching at a New England university for 28 years, and guest-lecturing at educational institutions on six continents; and traveling in over 75 countries. He holds the PhD in psychology (University of Missouri, 1977) and is the author of several books on mediation and conflict resolution. The father of one and grandfather of two, Dan resides with his wife Susan in Sarasota, Florida.
Seeking no monetary compensation from this book, Dr Dana considers it his chosen form of retirement volunteerism for a worthy cause.
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