I am working on a collection of essays tentatively entitled "Why I Don't Believe in God...and Why You Shouldn't, Either". (I laughed when I thought of the title--I wouldn't normally use such a provocative title--but I thought it might sell better than, say, "A Rational Defense of Nontheism," so that's my working title.) One of the things I want to do in it is examine various philosophical arguments for God's existence and show why they don't really justify belief in God or even make belief in God rational. I will, of course, have to give definitions of various terms like "belief" and "atheist" and even "God."
Where I'm having trouble are in *structuring* the book and in *beginning* the book. When I say that I am having trouble with the book's structure, I mean this: I am aware that a lot of what I'll write, in its long form, will be too philosophical, too technical, for many people--and too *long* for many people. I've conceived the notion of writing outlines; a short form; and a long form. I have one of the outlines written (the basic epistemic one); and I have another partly written (the basic morality one). I'll probably put them first. But should I include a preliminary section telling people about myself, so that they know I'm nots simply a religion-hating, never-had-a-spiritual-feeling-in-his-life, doesn't-have-anybody-he-cares-about, immoral (or amoral) person? Or should I not include that? Should I begin with definitions of terms, or should I first say something about to whom I'm addressing the book? And should I define terms as I need them (each definition taking a while to give), or should I give a bunch of them first, so that they're out of the way? Those are the sorts of problems I'm having.