A Friendly Letter to Skeptics and Atheists helps readers--both secular and religious--appreciate their common ground. For those whose thinking has moved from the religious thesis to the skeptical antithesis (or vice versa), Myers offers pointers to a science-respecting Christian synthesis. He shows how skeptics and people of faith can share a commitment to reason, evidence, and critical thinking, while also embracing a faith that supports human flourishing--by making sense of the universe, giving meaning to life, connecting us in supportive communities, mandating altruism, and offering hope in the face of adversity and death.
David G. Myers is a communicator of psychological science to college students and the general public. His writings, supported by National Science Foundation fellowships and grants and recognized by the Gordon Allport Prize, have appeared in three dozen scientific periodicals, from Science to Psychological Science, and in dozens of magazines and newspapers. His seventeen books include best-selling texts and general audience books on happiness, intuition, and hearing loss.
Preface. 1. False and Dangerous? 2. My Assumptions. 3. Mea Culpa. 4. The Dance of Fanatics and Infidels. 5. Simplistic Stereotypes. 6. The Heart of Science and Religion. 7. The Skeptics' Boys Club. 8. Inseparable Body and Soul. 9. Does Prayer "Work"? 10. The Benevolent, Fine-Tuned Universe. 11. Big Ideas and Biblical Wisdom. 12. Secularism and Civility. 13. God and Gays. 14. (Nominal) Religion Feeds Prejudice. 15. Godliness and Goodliness. 16. Happy Faith-Heads. 17. Healthy Faith-Heads. 18. The Stubborn Persistence of Truth. 19. The Leap of Faith. Appendix: International Society for Science and Religion Statement on Intelligent Design. Notes. Acknowledgments. The Author.