Title: Ateizmi Anlamak (Understanding Atheism)
Author: Aydin Turk
Publisher: Propaganda Yayinlari
Length: 267 pages (e-book version), 327 pages (printed version)
Availability: Available as an e-book from iTunes, Smashwords, Sony, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, Baker Taylor, etc. Printed version is also available at http://www.lulu.com/shop/ayd%C4%B1n-t%C3%BCrk/ateizmi-anlamak/paperback/product-20333365.html
Summary: This book is the first one of its kind. It is written by a Turkish author, who is an atheist with a muslim background, on the subject of atheism. It is written for the muslims, looking at atheism from their point of view, and answering their questions about atheism and explaining atheism to them.
Earlier books in Turkey that were considered atheist books were mostly focused on the criticism of Koran and Islam, arguing why they were man made. They didn’t go into great lengths about the philosophical and scientific background for atheism, didn’t cover arguments for and against God’s existence in great detail, didn’t cover evolution theory as an atheist explanation of life (books on evolution usually didn’t want to deal with the religious implications of the theory in Turkey), didn’t cover cosmology from an atheist perspective like this book does, and didn’t talk about the cultural and social aspects of atheism. There were some books translated from western authors that covered some of these subjects from a westerner point of view, but there were no home grown atheist books in Turkey that cover these topics like this book does. No matter how you look at it, this book is a first in Turkey.
Who is the author?
Aydin Turk is a Turkish/American atheist activist. He is one of the founders of the most well known Turkish atheist website and online community Ateizm.org/Ateistforum and the member of various online atheist groups. He participated in many projects to promote atheism, including translation of the Talkorigins archive to Turkish, creation of various web sites and blog sites on atheism and evolution theory, and fighting for freedom of speech for Turkish atheists. He gave interviews to various Turkish newspapers in the past regarding Turkish atheism. He is also a member of the evolutionist group that filed a lawsuit against Harun Yahya (Adnan Oktar) in September 2012.
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QUESTION: Do Buddhists believe in a god? ANSWER: No, we do not. There are several reasons for this. The Buddha, like modern sociologists and psychologists, believed that religious ideas and especially the god idea have their origins in fear. The Buddha says: Gripped by fear men go to sacred mountains, sacred groves, sacred trees and shrines. Primitive man found himself in a dangerous and hostile world, the fear of wild animals, of not being able to find enough food, of injury or disease, and of natural phenomena like thunder, lightning and volcanoes was constantly with him. Finding no security, he created the idea of gods in order to give him comfort in good times, courage in times of danger and consolation when things went wrong. To this day, you will notice that people become more religious at times of crises, you will hear them say that the belief in a god or gods gives them the strength they need to deal with life. You will hear them explain that they believe in a particular god because they prayed in time of need and their prayer was answered. All this seems to support the Buddha s teaching that the god-idea is a response to fear and frustration. The Buddha taught us to try to understand our fears, to lessen our desires and to calmly and courageously accept the things we cannot change. He replaced fear, not with irrational belief but with rational understanding. The second reason the Buddha did not believe in a god is because there does not seem to be any evidence to support this idea. There are numerous religions, all claiming that they alone have god s words preserved in their holy book, that they alone understand god s nature, that their god exists and that the gods of other religions do not. Some claim that god is masculine, some that she is feminine and others that it is neuter. They are all satisfied that there is ample evidence to prove the existence of their god but they laugh in disbelief at the evidence other religions use to prove the existence of another god. It is not surprising that with so many different religions spending so many centuries trying to prove the existence of their gods that still no real, concrete, substantial or irrefutable evidence has been found. Buddhists suspend judgement until such evidence is forthcoming. The third reason the Buddha did not believe in a god is that the belief is not necessary. Some claim that the belief in a god is necessary in order to explain the origin of the universe. But this is not so. Science has very convincingly explained how the universe came into being without having to introduce the god-idea. Some claim that belief in god is necessary to have a happy, meaningful life. Again we can see that this is not so. There are millions of atheists and free-thinkers, not to mention many Buddhists, who live useful, happy and meaningful lives without belief in a god. Some claim that belief in god s power is necessary because humans, being weak, do not have the strength to help themselves. Once again, the evidence indicates the opposite. One often hears of people who have overcome great disabilities and handicaps, enormous odds and difficulties through their own inner resources, through their own efforts and without belief in a god. Some claim that god is necessary in order to give man salvation. But this argument only holds good if you accept the theological concept of salvation and Buddhists do not accept such a concept. Based on his own experience, the Buddha saw that each human being had the capacity to purify the mind, develop infinite love and compassion and perfect understanding. He shifted attention from the heavens to the heart and encouraged us to find solutions to our problems through self-understanding.