• Atheism Kills

  • The Dangers of a World Without God - and Cause for Hope
  • By: Barak Lurie
  • Narrated by: Barak Lurie
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (33 ratings)

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By: Barak Lurie
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In Atheism Kills, Barak Lurie exposes the horrors of a world without God. Contrary to the mantra we've heard time and time again that religion is responsible for more deaths than anything else, it is in fact the absence of God which has killed - in obscene numbers.

Ever since atheism first assumed government control in the French Revolution, it has done nothing but kill. Atheism has killed through its many deputies: progressivism, eugenics, fascism, and communism. Lurie shows that it was the godlessness in each of these ideologies that killed hundreds of millions. But atheism doesn't just kill lives. It kills purpose, free will, beauty, compassion, a sense of the past and future, creativity, and freedom itself. Atheism offers only the horrors of chaos and totalitarianism.

The world misplaces its focus on Radical Islam as the greatest threat to civilization. As horrible as it is, it is doing nothing and having no sense of self which are the true enemies. It was our will to fight and sense of mission that overcame fascism and communism. We must have these to keep Radical Islam at bay, too.

This is why we must resist the growth of atheism. It was God that gave us our freedom. It was God who gave our sense of purpose that created civilization. Take those away, and there is nothing to fight for. In this way, Lurie shows that the lack of belief in God is our greatest danger. How does he know? Because like there will always be fires, there will always be enemies that seek to destroy our civilization. But if we don't have fire stations with crew, and protocol in each city to deal with fires, those fires will consume us. Likewise, how we prepare ourselves to deal with horrific ideologies will be what saves us. That preparation can only come with our embrace of the centrality of God.

©2017 Barak Lurie (P)2018 Barak Lurie

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Barak’s Nightmare

How sad it is was to share in Barak Lurie’s belittling perspective that the potential of humans starts and stops with their belief in the Judeo-Christian god.

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Not great

He has some interesting thoughts but doesn’t back up most of his claims with any evidence. He harshly criticizes atheism yet claims that atheists are the ones who are critical.

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A terrible book of bad ideas

It's a 10 hour book of straw man arguments for atheists and no true scotsman fallacies for jews and christians. He offers no definitions for "atheist", "christian" or "jew" which makes me wonder how anyone who is so sloppy at thinking could possibly make a living writing "intellectual" literature. The answer is probably by making ridiculous titles like "atheism kills" as clickbait for people who actually care about truth and of man's place in the world. You'll find as good arguments against atheism in this book as you will after a few drinks with the regulars in a small town bar.
If you believe in God or are on the fence about faith vs. reason, I would not recommend this book. There are many more serious examinations by more honest intellectuals on the subject. George H. Smith's "Atheism:The Case Against God" is an excellent introduction and my recommendation. Unfortunately its not on audible.
If you are an atheist, I would recommend this book as evidence of the disturbingly common attitude towards atheism in the United States today that unfortunately still exists. My main complaint is the lack of distinction between atheism and communism which colors every chapter and is flat out not true. Communists are atheists, but not all atheists are communists. Epistemology is not Ethics is not Politics. But, I would understand not trading your time and hard earned money to reward the efforts of the author for the stupidity found in this book.

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Exactly

This book represents all I want to stand for before my friends and family but lack the knowledge and wisdom to do so, it is all I want to say but find my self not knowing how to do.
I highly recommend it’s in the top of my list and definitely a must.

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I enjoyed listing to this book

Easy to kill people when you dehumanized them and it's easy to do that when you are an atheist

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Poorly Researched, Fear Driven and Confused

First off, the author is confusingly and outwardly equating Atheism to anything other than Judaism and Christianity. This book struggles to defend Judaism and Christianity by placing anyone who does not practice either, as an atheist. I am an atheist, meaning I do not believe in ANY versions of god, so naturally this title piqued my curiosity. I wanted to know how my non-belief in any of the 1000s of versions of god(s) out there would kill or harm anyone or anything. In the foreword according to Mr. Prager, there is no proof of god and goes on to explain the only way we could get to god would be through arguments. So now he is going to admittedly attempt to argue god into existence. Prager goes onto to quote so called agnostic Charles Krauthammer but in Krauthammer’s own words he does not believe in god. Listen to his interview with Bill Kristol on YouTube titled, “Charles Krauthammer on his distinguished career in writing and ideas” timestamp @1:37. Krauthammer has an atypical understanding of the label atheist. Atheist is someone who doesn’t believe in any god or gods. Krauthammer seems to oppose outspoken atheists and doesn’t find it satisfying when the answer to the origins of the universe as, the universe always was or came from nothing. I’ve never met or heard any atheist claim they believed the universe came from a literal nothing, or more accurately a void. Krauthammer goes onto say, “I am uncertain, and I’m surely uncertain about theism...”
KRAUTHAMMER: I don’t believe in God.
KRISTOL: “I don’t believe in God.” Right.
KRAUTHAMMER: Yeah.
Needless to say, this book misses the mark prior to even Chapter 1 by inaccurately citing a source and cherry-picking words and phrases. When I was a Christian, apologetics such as this was partly what led me to question theism in general. It was this constant misrepresentation of source material, the proud and careless use of logical fallacies and overall sloppiness in order to “defend” all the various beliefs in god(s) people felt the need to defend.
This book is written to instill fear, anger and paranoia within believers, the very people who largely hold their beliefs based on emotional ties to tradition and what their friends and family tell them about their religion and “the others.” Most theists do not ground their beliefs in studies, stats, expert consensus, consistency, and this author seems to prey on this weakness of his fellow believers. Anger and fear are a huge motivator, and this author exploits it well. Instead of trying to be charitable to atheists, it’s merely strawman after strawman, and he doesn’t care to look back and correct himself, especially when I’ve watched him in some interviews. I would recommend watching a few conversations Mr. Lurie had with a YouTuber by the name of TJump. Mr. Lurie did not seem concerned at all when it came to the details and sourcing offered when it was evident, he was spreading misinformation and this book highlights it well. In practically every single study and by every measure the MORE religious a society is, the LESS healthy that society tends to be. I would urge every believer to research those studies without invoking conspiracies to justify ignoring this reality.
Mr. Lurie works very hard to cast atheists in the most negative light possible. In his own words Mr. Lurie claims not believing in any of the various gods (being an atheist) therefore life offers nothing but emptiness and blackness, no hope, no laughter, no joy, no beauty, never innovated new technology, never inspired anyone, etc. This is according to which polls or studies? Of course, none. Mr. Lurie is intentionally creating a problem here; he creates a strawman to then turnaround and offer his dangerous and needless solutions. For nothing but a larger following and money. He complains about no prayer in schools because he’s ignoring all the various faiths this would include and ignores prayer happens all the time in private schools. In his fantasy world, only Judaism and Christianity equates to theism, and to boot these two faiths do not believe in the same god. Judaism does not believe god has a son!
Books such as this one are dangerous because they prey on ignorance which in-turn fuels anger and generates conspiracy theories since reality doesn’t align with what they were led to believe.
I’m just thankful I’m allowed to return this awful and hateful book and receive a refund.

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Informative and Entertaining

Barak has a pleasant, understandable voice. His research seems extensive and fair. Peculiar, but an atheist I know told me God has killed billions. He pointed to the Old Testament, e.g. Noah.

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One of a kind

There are many books on atheism, and many of them are quite good. This book stands WAY out amongst the lot for a few reasons which I'll try to explain. Most seem to approach atheism from the philosophical and historical point of view, from the outside as it were, and then try to refute it with an apologetics. That has its place I admit. The approach of this book is not so much telling you about atheism directly, or rather from a frontal approach, but shows you from the inside the atheist him / her self. Furthermore, he comes to this point of view with the most profound insight of what the deepest human need ACTUALLY is. HERE is the formula of This truly Wise book. Only from this formula does he get to the true depth of not only what atheism is but WHY atheism is andwhat its consequences are to the human soul and our society. Is it not the atheists soul that's in pain and lost after all. They may deny they are one, yet hope seeks that Books like this may help them open there eyes and hearts. And yet....And yet.. ,the unmistakable reality that there chosen paths has direct consequences which deeply harm us ALL, not to mention our future generations .I for one feel both compassion alongside anger for those who walk this incredibly destructive road .. Well done Mr.Lurie. You truly are a wise man and I'm grateful you wrote This Book.
P.s. The narration was also expertly performed by Mr Lurie with fine tone and needed intensity.

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Great Read

Very detailed book, I will have to listen to it multiple times to absorb the amount of information. Very pleased with my purchase.

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Great book

Thoughtful; many emotional stories; clear perspectives on evolution; connects atheism and political consequences in step by step analysis; great job in narration.
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Powerful expression of atheism on a national level

An excellent rebuttal to the works of so called New Atheists. A valuable, enjoyable listen for the religious and the atheist alike, and what seems to me the latest (but by no means the final) in a long running dialogue between the two.