“A few weeks ago, Atheist Republic published an article in which I discussed five well-known, and not so well-known, podcasts available for the freethinker. In this blog, I want to present five YouTube Channels that may best fulfill that need for atheist media. Podcasts are great if you’re on-the-go, but if you have time to sit, relax and enjoy some relevant discussion, these YouTube channels will be right up your alley.”
‘Improbable: Issues with the God Hypothesis’ is now available on Nook devices for $0.99! Please find the link the below helpful.
Have a wonderful New Year everyone!
For the holiday season, I’m offering ‘Improbable’ (Kindle Edition) for only $0.99 on Amazon. Check out the link below to visit the product page!
This particular excerpt comes from the afterword of my book; a bit more personal than other excerpts I’ve published. Enjoy!
“Aside from this realizing that the faith-based beliefs were fallacious in nature, it was actually the beauty of reality that intrigued me the most. While watching internet videos I grew an insatiable hunger for discussions between atheists and creationists not because they attacked the idiocy that is religion, but because the science and archeology behind the atheist’s claims being made were much, much more fascinating than anything our archaic ancestors could have imagined. Religious faith requires its adherents to relinquish their ability to freely question – perhaps the most beautiful aspect to who we are as human beings.
I am not alone in this understanding and as our species continues to learn and grow we’ve slowly digressed from theology. Though most still believe in God, Jesus, or Allah, many more continue to come out of the theistic closet and assert that they may never know that a god – or any gods – may exist, but one cannot seriously and reasonably believe that a god had any part in creating anything. A belief in God is dwindling just as the evidence for his existence continues to hit dead ends on the road to rational thinking. Most of the people exiting from faith are actually quite young. This may mean that once those young adults have children, those children may feel the same about religious faith – creating a chain of events beginning with ridiculous and implausible assumptions and resulting in a rational and mature society because of one simple aspect: facts.
My wife and I do not have children, and while I cannot wait to have children of my own, I do fear the day that I will. Not because I feel incompetent or unfit as a potential parent, but in how the imposition of religious faith may rest on them. All that I can do is educate my children, in both skepticism and reason. With such knowledge, I would hope they find themselves on their own, self-decided rational path – if the path is a religious one, so be it. I would find it much more wonderful if they chose to worship God because they were rightly convinced rather follow atheism solely because I do. It will also be a wonderful thing to watch how they may interact with the world around them, as they slowly develop the ability to understand the magnificent beauty it truly is.
I wrote this book for the fence-rider in order to present the truth as we understand today. Along with most atheists, I can recall a time in which such information would have proved beneficial because having doubt in something – particularly religious teaching – is quite normal, and questioning the veracity of religious faith is a common occurrence. What I’ve found interesting, and something that I hope the readers of this book find for themselves, is that I found an internal comfort with reason, something that remained uneasy when attempting to rest on religious faith. I believe that doubting religious faith is normal because there is a part of all of us that remains unconvinced. To that I say one must embrace such doubt, and follow the path upon which it takes one.
This journey is far from over for me, and I would hope that the reader of my work also finds themself willing to rise above the social normalcy that is religious faith. Life only comes to us once, and we ought to not waste it as many so willingly do. From that, I promise that an open mind and objective perspective will offer nothing but amazement and wonder but only if one takes the chance to accept such a proposition. God could be one thing or another, and before one decides to inspect their own beliefs, they must first ask them selves what “God” actually means for them. Go where ones inquiry may take them and always remember to never give up until a reasonable answer can be reached.”
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A few months ago, I became familiar with the wonderful website Atheist and Secular Debate.
It’s quite clear these guys want the best for the movement. Operated by a few of my closest skeptical brethren, it offers an unrelenting supply of resources for the common atheist, agnostic, and freethinker in an open and non-judgmental environment. Many of their resources include:
- General Chat
- Secular Parenting
- Resources for New Atheists
- People in the Secular World
- Moderated Debates
- Atheist Meet-ups
- Twitter Handles
And the list goes on and on. They’ve helped me a bit in promoting my book and I’m forever grateful for that. My profile can be found in the “People in the Secular World” section, my book can be found in the “Books” section, and a debate that I took part in can be found in the “Moderated Debates” section. Again, it’s wonderful to see the amount of support this website offers. What I’ve found to be the most intriguing is, as an author, it allows the audience to open a direct line of communication between reader and writer (many of the authors listed are fairly new to the game, so the exposure can help immensely).
So visit this website when you can find the time!
This website was first brought to my attention by my friend Kevin Steward – Great guy, follow him!
I’ve listed my book on the advertising platform iAuthor. It’s a great website, check it out!
Recently, two young authors offered well-written, wonderful reviews for my book. I’ve gotten to know them both – delightful gentlemen!
“All the makings of a young Stenger – Brucker is doing something wonderful — continuing the logical argument debunking the idea of god or the supernatural. It may well be said that on the atheist side of the argument, we are specialized in two factions: logic and morality. While I and several others heatedly discuss the lack of virtue innate in faith, Mr. Brucker has joined the ranks of those who calmly but decisively cut down the incoherence of the idea of god with Occam’s deadly Razor and many other tools. Too many facets of this argument require specific and purposeful observation, and Brucker has done a great deal of the work for anyone who chooses to pick it up — splendidly, I might add.”
And from Matthew O’Neil, author of the coming book “You Say That I Am”
“A Book for Those Coming to Terms – Brucker has put together a piece I would have been desperate to have as a newly deconverted atheist. I am more than inclined to agree with Kelly’s review, but add that Brucker is more than a Victor Stenger in the making. Brucker tackles more than cosmology – he touches on evolution, theology, and history all in short, concise chapters that are a pleasure to read and easy to follow and digest. I could only imagine Brucker fuming during Hovind or Ken Ham or Ray Comfort sound bites; in return, writing this scathing rebuttal to nonsensical questions about the origin of our solar system, our planet, our species, and even our own race [yes, this question has come up in these debates]. Brucker has well informed arguments that do not fall victim to fallacies appealing to emotion, groupthink, or authority. They are well reasoned with examples and studies, as well as references to thorough studies for further reading. If you are someone new to having lost your faith and want to prepare yourself for the conversations you will face by having understandable facts in hand, this is the book you need to read.”
Again, thank you both. It’s greatly appreciated!