Make the Break (If You Can)

 

Author: Reginald Exton

Pages: 64

Publication Date: 2013 – Humanist Press

ISBN: 978-0931779268

make the breakIn Make the Break (If you can), Dr. Reginald J. Exton, a NASA physicist, attempts “to share, clearly and succinctly, the evidence that points to the human origin of religions.” He then goes on to very briefly describe the history of the universe, early man, and the rise of civilization and religion.  He follows with a description of the formation of the major religions, a discussion of how people develop religious faith, more about the history of the universe, and finally a statement the humanism is better than religion.    His argument seems to be that since religions have been shown to have been created by man and science can explain most of what people created religion to understand, religion is no longer needed so everyone should give it up.  Unfortunately, Exton doesn’t really provide much of an argument for this.  Part of the problem with this book is its length and format.  Rather than a traditional book, Exton has written, in relatively large font, a 64-page glossy magazine, filled with large pictures, graphs, and tables. The chapter on the history of the universe, early man, and the rise of civilization, is only ten pages long.  As entire books have been written about each of these topics, clearly covering them in ten pages is seemingly an impossible task.  Perhaps Exton’s arguments suffer from a lack of space.

 I’m not sure who the target audience for Make the Break (If you can) is, I assume it is targeted at either religious believers, in an attempt to convince them of the wrong-headedness of their beliefs, or at atheists in need of further support for their non-beliefs.  Its weak arguments against the validity of religion makes it unlikely to cause religious believers to change their minds about their faiths and its format and writing style make it unlikely they would read it anyway.  Atheists looking for support would be better of looking to Dawkins, Dennett, or Hitchens, who have all made similar arguments to Exton’s, but better done.

Make the Break (If you can) seems more like a book proposal than an actual book.  Perhaps Der. Exton will go back expand this into an actual book; the additional space might allow him to better explain his points and arguments.

I received this book as a part of the Library Thing Early Reviewer program and I would especially like to thank Brian Magee of the Humanist Press for making sure I received it.