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Garrison has long wielded wit against the buffoonery of the Religious Right in her articles for the Christian humor magazine the Wittenburg Door and at the blog God's Politics. Now she turns her satirical glance against the New Atheists, among whom she sees a similar obscurantist self-seeking at work. The result is an uneven book. It is occasionally witty, as when she compares Sam Harris to Anne Coulter, or Daniel Dennett to the pot-smoking professor in Animal House. At times she scores what could be devastating points against the New Atheists: if imposing religion on the young really is child abuse, why do these young people not show the medical symptoms of abuse victims? Garrison is also adept at pointing to places where radical Christianity is transforming society. But these successes are often lost amid informal writing, sentences like Simply put, I need to pay attention here because when my gut starts acting up, something ain't right, and paragraphs that end with single words like Kewl and phrases such as Â 'Nuff said. Finally, Garrison's turn to her own story—a minister father, dead too young of alcoholism—is touching at times, but it sits awkwardly beside the casual witticisms. (Jan.)
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Becky Garrison is a Contributing Editor for Sojourners. Her books include The New Atheist Crusaders and Their Unholy Grail, Rising from the Ashes: Rethinking Church, and Red and Blue God, Black and Blue Church. Her additional writing credits include work for The Wittenburg Door, Geez, Killing the Buddha, and Religion Dispatches, as well as various other odd and sundry publications.
I painfully struggled through this entire book hoping to find good information about the "New Atheist Crusaders" and what they are doing to destroy my faith. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Jeff
Becky Garrison dismantles the Atheist position and insistence that God be a comparable to a childhood science project. Read morePublished on March 24, 2013 by Michael Dobbins
I'm still reading this. It's very good, the main issue is that she uses slang which lowers the quality of the work making it seem less serious than what it actually is. Read morePublished on January 20, 2013 by palal
Believing that if you telepathically tell an ancient jewish magician that he is your master, he will remove a blood curse from your soul that he himself put there because a talking... Read morePublished on October 6, 2011 by Amazon Customer
I must admit, I didn't finish this book. I read the first 25 pages or so, then skimmed through the rest and found it intolerable. Read morePublished on August 2, 2010 by Gregory D. Forschler
Sorry, but I was disappointed reading this book. The tone was too jocular for my taste, and Becky spent more time attacking Christians who are to the right of Lenin than she did... Read morePublished on March 7, 2010 by H. Montgomery
It was at page 165 in the section entitled, "Serve God, Save the Planet" that the silliness and preachiness of this book overwhelmed my commitment to wading through it. Read morePublished on January 30, 2010 by Neely
Self indulgent babble. Learn the particulars of your subject or leave the field to those who will. Publishers need to check themselves before buying work from shallow bloggers. Read morePublished on January 23, 2010 by Ben Fisher
I was intrigued and entertained by this book. Clearly she is a thinker with a great grasp of the issues. Becky is witty, insightful and a great writer. I enjoyed it immensely. Read morePublished on October 17, 2009 by J. Sherman