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*Starred Review* Hedges is clear from the outset: there is nothing inherently moral about being either a believer or a nonbeliever. He goes a step further by accusing atheists of being as intolerant, chauvinistic, bigoted, anti-intellectual, and self-righteous as their archrivals, religious fundamentalists; in other words, as being secular versions of the religious Right. Like best-selling atheists Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins, and Daniel Dennett, Hedges is disgusted with the Christian Right, going so far as to call it the most frightening mass movement in American history. Even more disturbing for Hedges, however, is the notion, which many atheists and liberal churchgoers share, that as a species humanity can progress morally. There is nothing in human nature or human history to support the idea, Hedges maintains, nor that the flaws of human nature will ever be overcome. He discusses the dark sides of the Enlightenment, Darwinism, consumer culture, the justifications for America’s wars (including in Vietnam and now Iraq), and obsession with celebrity, among other equally hot topics. His purpose in this small, thought-provoking book is, he says, to help Americans, in particular, accept the limitations of being human and, ultimately, face reality. --June Sawyers --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
i loved the balance and thoughtfulness Hedges brought to a much polarized issue, that of reason vs. faith - warning against any idealized utopia , weather one or the other, is... Read morePublished 23 hours ago by Dylan Rooke
Changes how you think and perceive the world we live in. Spectacular writing, ideas, and content conception. A+Published 1 month ago by blondie93
Very academic book. Great big words only professors at a university would use. However, book was interesting to a point.Published 2 months ago by Brad Fast
Hedges book is disorganized and obnoxiously repetitive, hence tedious to read, especially the first half. Read morePublished 5 months ago by expatTim
I must preface this comment by stating that I admire Hedges as a journalist and social activist.
Mr. Hedges argues that fundamentalism itself is dangerous. Read more
A thoughtful rebuttal to the new fundamentalist atheism movement. As an atheist/agnostic Buddhist with a spiritual bent, I like Hedges idea of the metaphorical value of... Read morePublished 9 months ago by William H. Burke
Hedges is great. A Spiritual Autopsy of Science and Religion is a totally different, and fantastic look at the excesses of atheist thought - from an atheist!Published 10 months ago by misterkel
I read Dawkins, Harris, and Hitchens before reading this book, along with Stephen Hawking and Brian Greene. I would recommend reading this book after reading theirs. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer