Book Review: Imagine No Superstition
Imagine No Superstition, by Stephen F. Uhl, Ph.D.
Golden Rule Publishers, Tucson, Arizona, March 2007, 190 pp, Paper
Steve Uhl talks like a regular guy, but make no mistake; he's no ordinary man. Dr. Uhl, a former Catholic priest who became an atheist psychologist, translates his vast knowledge of theology and psychology into common language, thus creating a practical antidote for the poisonous fuzzy thinking that has permeated cultures since men created gods in their own images.
Dr. Uhl clearly and compassionately describes the futility of prayer, disclosing personal experience that makes him one of us, the common, ordinary readers. He discloses his own loving indoctrination by his mother and his own struggle with faith vs. reason. Using reason seasoned with a generous sprinkling of earthy humor, he translates his intellectual understanding of scripture and psychology into easy language of today's vernacular and makes a clear case for the unlikelihood of a supernatural.
At first I thought, this is wonderful reading for skeptics on fences, a self-help book, if you will. It makes it easy for the reader to be patient with self and others in our pluralistic society, explaining how everyone unlearns old biases or myths and gains insight at his or her own pace. Imagine No Superstition is all of the above. But wait, there's more.
Chapter 9 alone, Life Without God in the United States, makes Imagine No Superstition well worth the read. This is where Uhl's, critical thinking, creativity, common sense and vision converge. If Dr. Uhl were running for president I would vote for him.
Imagine No Superstition furnishes the ammunition to fearlessly face the 'biggest elephant in the room' and as the subtitle states, "The Power to Enjoy Life With No Guilt, No Shame, No Blame."
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