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By Peter Boghossian

ISBN-10: 1939578094

ISBN-13: 9781939578099

For millions of years, the devoted have honed proselytizing techniques and talked humans into believing the reality of 1 holy ebook or one other. certainly, the trustworthy usually view changing others as a duty in their faith--and are expert from an early age to unfold their exact model of faith. the result's a global damaged largely by way of unquestioned religion. As an urgently wanted counter to this tried-and-true culture of spiritual evangelism, A guide for developing Atheists deals the first-ever advisor now not for speaking humans into faith--but for speaking them out of it. Peter Boghossian attracts at the instruments he has built and used for greater than 20 years as a thinker and educator to coach find out how to have interaction the trustworthy in conversations that may support them price cause and rationality, solid doubt on their spiritual ideals, distrust their religion, abandon superstition and irrationality, and finally include cause.

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As left and right polarized, violence seared the South. Meanwhile, Christians, landowners, and other noncommunists streamed out of the North. Elections sponsored by the newly formed United Nations in 1948 were blocked in the North, but went ahead in the South and led to the formation of a separate state, the pro-American Republic of Korea, whose first president was Syngman Rhee. 11 So why, we may wonder, did political leaders in such a homogenous society not make that extra effort to insist on a unified structure?

It made Kim seem like an international leader and gave the people something homegrown to study. But citizen and leader in North Korea have always been bound by a subtext that only gets fully expressed in Korean language for domestic consumption. This is a race-based message of Korean superiority, not the born-to-rule superiority the Nazis and the Japanese used to justify their conquest of inferiors, but a more subtle we-are-so-pure-and-innocentthat-we-need-a-great-leader-to-protect-us. It justifies the Kims’ rule and explains away what, for communists and even true believers in selfreliance, are its blatant failures.

Before democracy in the South, both governments forbade their citizens from freely discussing the unification question and the most harmless interest in the other side could be considered treasonous. In the 1970s, for example, some South Korean stamp collectors were arrested for obtaining DPRK stamps (which is sad because there are some great ones. A particular favorite of mine is a North Korean stamp celebrating the 1981 wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana). The South has moved on since then but, as we shall see, the North hasn’t, which is why stamp collectors and history will forgive Park his antidemocratic ways.

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