Only an anthropologist armed with personal experience of the full spectrum of religious behavior ranging from the complex and confusing adumbrations of religiosity seen among the Warlpiri of Australia to the familiar pomp of pontiffs in the Vatican could show so clearly what 'religion' is really all about and why it is so often anti-human and a threat to the survival of our species. Only an Atheist well schooled in the literature of philosophy in general and Atheism in particular could be in a position to see what needs to be done to advance Atheism not only in the theoretical sense but in the political sense as well. Dr. David Eller satisfies both requirements. --Back Cover
About the Author
Prof. David Eller is a cultural anthropologist who has conducted field research among Aboriginal societies in Australia and now teaches anthropology in Denver, Colorado. His recent college textbook Introducing Anthropology of Religion is being hailed as the most significant introduction to the scientific study of religion in a decade. His previous AAP book Natural Atheism showed him to be as good a philosopher as scientist. Now we see he is equally skilled as a linguist and semanticist and can show that for knowledgeable Atheists 'Atheism' means more than the absence of god-beliefs: it is the absence (indeed the rejection) of belief altogether.