• Why There Is No God

  • Simple Responses to 20 Common Arguments for the Existence of God
  • By: Armin Navabi
  • Narrated by: Dave Richards
  • Length: 2 hrs and 11 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (1,043 ratings)

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By: Armin Navabi
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Publisher's Summary

  • "Science can't explain the complexity and order of life; God must have designed it to be this way."
  • "God's existence is proven by scripture."
  • "There's no evidence that God doesn't exist."
  • "God has helped me so much. How could none of it be true?"
  • "Atheism has killed more people than religion, so it must be wrong!"

How many times have you heard arguments like these for why God exists? Why There Is No God provides simple, easy-to-understand counterpoints to the most popular arguments made for the existence of God. Each chapter presents a concise explanation of the argument, followed by a response illustrating the problems and fallacies inherent in it. Whether you're an atheist, a believer, or undecided, this book offers a solid foundation for building your own inquiry about the concept of God.

©2014 Armin Navabi (P)2014 Armin Navabi

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An excellent overview of atheism.

There is always a tendency to project in a review, what you wish a book was rather then review what the book actually is. That's my dilemma here. I wish this book went into more detail and gave extra examples and maybe just provided a little more depth. That said, it's a very short book and it's very concisely illustrates all of the major reasons why people disbelief.

My only other criticism was that the reader seemed to rush (at least that is how it sounded to me). I read audiobooks constantly due to a hand problem that makes holding a book for prolonged periods painful. Thus I am very familiar with audiobooks and feel qualified to comment on this point. I just felt like he sounded rushed.

Overall, it's an excellent overview and I would recommend it to anyone looking to understand atheism or anyone questioning their own fair or lack thereof.

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From religious to reason.

This book helped me solidarity what I've always known. I'm looking forward to his next books. As I learn more, I feel like a spell is being lifted.

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The Best HandBook for any developing mind

What made the experience of listening to Why There Is No God the most enjoyable?

The point to point reasoning and logic of each line is perfect for me because it hit every single rebuttal i have ever heard from a christian or muslim i have argued against although i have many of my own refutes against their ill conceived logic this gave me so many more.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Why There Is No God?

The most memorable part of the book probably had to be the parts of how religious people can stay religious even while they have doubts and real life understanding. I have always been confused about this and it always angered me to think about logical and reasonable people that i know that are still religious; but this gave me an insight that thoroughly explained it and i can now be more empathetic with my theist friends.

What about Dave Richards’s performance did you like?

it was a tad robotic lol and i can imagine if i had one of my theist friends listen to it they would be able to understand it but it wouldn't surprise me if someone thought that's the way all atheists are. Robotic and logical

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes it was although to retain it better i will be listening many more times.

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Awesome book I'm so glad people like you are out in the world as well because although i know I'm not alone in my atheism i do feel lonely when i look at my friends and recognize I'm the only atheist but books like these remind me that i'm not unique nor am i alone in my disbelief.

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A good introduction to atheism and logic.

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The narration by Dave Richards is good but I would have liked it if he spoke just a bit more slowly.

Armin has done a very good job of outlining and explaining the reasons why there is no god in a succinct, direct and easy to understand manner. I recommend this book to believers, non-believers and everyone in-between and around the edges. Love, Peace and Happiness to you all!


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concise and to the point

good book and to the point. would recommend to anyone looking for a quick rundown on the atheist mindset.

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Good and Bad

It has some very good content but is very choppy because they constantly give web addresses for more information. Information that should be in the end notes are read aloud by a subpar narrator. Much better to get this book in print

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A debate playbook

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When debating god's existence or lack thereof, things are bound to devolve quickly into a subjective mess. Most often, this can be attributed to the lack of a common framework (i.e. language) accepted by all of the debating sides. This book, seeks to provide such a framework, by way of rebutting 20 of the most common arguments for the existence of god, and it does so in a lighthearted fashion. The book can also be thought of as an introductory reading into the contentious subject, and as a refresher course for those who want to revisit many of its basics.

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Why there is no God

Ecxellent compilation of arguments against God! Definitely will recommend to Atheist friends!! Thumbs up!! Great book and easy to read

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Narration Makes It Hard To Listen To

Why There is No God has an excellent message for anyone who is just starting to contemplate atheism. The arguments are solid and the material is straight, and to the point. Talking points suggest good reason why religion is nonsensical without being offensive, but the listener is going to have to be open to them.

The big problem I had with this narrative was, well.. the narrator. He has a monotone voice which is boring, and makes the material almost unbearable.

-Wendi

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To the point and indisputable

It does not take much to show that any of the proofs or attempts at proof for God's existence are all fatally flawed, but it can be a little bit difficult to keep all of the refutations and rebuttals straight. This book provides a useful aid. Also, when engaged in a discussion with the religious, their minds are used to simple black amd white amd unaccustomed to their ideas being challenged. The goal is to snap them out of their illusions as with a Buddhist choan. To do this, you can't throw at them every idea in the God Delusion (Dawkins) or simply point to Christopher Hitchens and assume people will get it. You need simple and accurate rebuttals where any specific objection to God cannot take more than 3 minutes to explain or you will lose people. Fortunately, this book demonstrates that 3 minutes is all it takes. We are not debating any complicated thing here, but you do have to be precise and cogent when debating people who cling to their bibles, korans etc. and this book provides a cut to the chase set of responses that are not all that can be said, but should prove sufficient enough to at least not leave one at a loss for words and to sow doubt in the minds of the faithful.

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  • Richard
  • 12-19-16

a very shortsighted view into popular debate

Navabi is not a philosopher and it truly shows throughout this book. thoroughly misguided argumentation.

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  • Yona Fichman
  • 03-05-15

Good Summay poor narration

If you could sum up Why There Is No God in three words, what would they be?

God exists in people's minds

Who was your favorite character and why?

Not relevant

How did the narrator detract from the book?

He went too fast, sounded like reaing the news - no time to digest what is said - a book like this should be at least 4 hours naration.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

no

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Good book - good summary and very wise reasoning and insights

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  • 05-04-17

Looking forward to hearing more from the Author

For any Atheist looking for a good way to articulate your arguments then this book is for you. I'd advise Theists to read the book as well in order to understand the way in which Atheists think and how disbelief comes about. The narrator did a good job overall but sounded a bit too monotone for my liking.

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  • John Michael Robson
  • 11-19-20

Out you come (It's easier these days)

In earlier times, the realisation that you are an atheist was cause for some concern, but these days, with everything being so polar and equally divided, it's not such a big deal. For those who are embarking on the journey or 'coming out', this book is a ray of hope, to let you know you're not alone, and the questions you may have are not unheard-of.

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  • Raf
  • 03-22-20

Excellent narrative, Very detailed counter argumen

A very detailed battery of counter arguments against all the stereotypes believers throws at us Atheist. A full chapter dedicated to each of those arguments, developing counter arguments going from witty catching phrases or thoughts (quite useful for not in deep discussions) to a much more profound disassembling of those hackneyed concepts. Would and actually have already recommend to smart people interested in break through imposed absurd fairy tales

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  • Dr. Mariano Raiz
  • 02-03-20

Logical and humble, overall excellent.

Excellent use of logic arguments and identification of cognitive biases. I would class it as "philosophy" and not as "science", as it opens avenues for thinking and proposes hypotheses that need to be tested. Quite short and making me crave for more (and this is a good thing, I did not get bored at all) It thoroughly deserves the 5 stars.

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  • Barty
  • 05-25-19

A must buy

I've been an Atheist for many years, odd stance as I work within the Church of England !!! great well thought out arguments

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  • Michael Olasebikan
  • 05-09-19

Really helpful for me.

Loved it. Really helpful because I am looking to come out of religion. Thank you.

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  • Sam
  • 01-25-19

Amazing book, but let down by poor narration.

A brilliantly concise and clear book, however the narrator was wooden, robotic and dull to listen to! His pace was fast and uncomfortable- it didn't feel like I was listening to a real person.

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  • Derek
  • 05-19-18

Excellent concise read on the subject

This is a very concise summary of the logical arguments that theists need to overcome to prove the possibility of god and also the illogical reasoning they try to present.

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  • Leon John Taggart
  • 07-25-19

Thank You

Makes me more comfortable to talk about the possibility of there being no god. A great way to further investigate the big question. My only problem is the narrator speaks very fast. Thank You Athiest Republic for writing this book.

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  • Ken
  • 07-18-20

There are no good reasons to believe in any god

Short and compelling. It's time to put away childish beliefs and embrace the truth. This books does a perfect job of explaining why.

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  • David
  • 03-25-19

Recommended listening

very informative, definitely recommended for atheist and theists alike, I wished that it was longer.

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  • Onno den Toom
  • 02-14-18

Great book!

Very good book, answering questions and points of views believers offen ask and say
Looking forward to more!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-18-22

great book

easy to hear, enjoyed the knowledge and uncomfortable truths. for those who are still undecided about the existence of God, this is an excellent place to start.

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  • Farzin Golzar
  • 04-10-22

An eloquent summary of atheistical narrative.

An eloquent summary of atheistical narrative. Performance however, did not do the justice and made it sound like advertisement.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-29-21

A concise philosophical exposition

This book came as a pleasant surprise as it was a lot better than I expected it to be. As someone with a deep interest in the philosophy of religion, the arguments here are articulated with acute philosophical soundness. I highly recommend it to anyone with an interest in exploring issues surrounding the existence of God, regardless of one's current beliefs. If you're a believer, prepared to have your beliefs challenged.

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  • Murray Kerrigan
  • 11-18-20

Read don't listen

The narrator spoils this book by speaking very fast without taking a breath.
The content is interesting with a lot of thought in providing a balanced argument. It's a pity that the narration makes it difficult to actual hear what is been said let alone consider the information. English is my native language and I have rarely encountered a person who speaks so quickly. Read this book.

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  • Nick Clutterbuck
  • 08-09-20

Great book

I've listened to this audiobook 4 times.. I especially liked the story at the end, I can relate to the author with my own journey out of religious beliefs.. it's been a life long struggle going back and forth to belief.. then no belief.. to maybe there's a God.. but.. thankfully books like this one now exist.. it points out the problems and ways we should all navigate the claims of any faith based belief or paranormal claims..

if there's no evidence.. there's no reason to believe it..
if you've been indoctrinated into any religion as a child.. as i was, you'll find this book a massive help as I have.

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  • Claire Martenson
  • 09-20-17

Loved it!

Easy to listen to, informative and I really enjoyed it.
I feel better equipped to talk to the religious and to be able to understand them.
I am now more prepared and have some new found knowledge. Thankyou!!
Claire