A Different Kind of Atheism.
This short book presents a variety of thought experiments designed to expose people to some rational ways of thinking about their god or gods. An attempt to distinguish a visit from god from a visit by space aliens is just a light-hearted introduction to more serious material. The underlying theme is that whatever way you have of knowing about god is evidence, and can be explored as such.
Before we start, let me try to explain why I am starting out by discussing space aliens. I am not about to suggest that god is really a little green man from another planet. I want to get people to think about what their god is like. Many of today’s religions include the idea that god was manifestly present on earth at one or more times in the past. In Christianity, the central tenet of the faith is that god himself was here in...