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Why Are You Atheists So Angry? 99 Things That Piss Off the Godless by [Christina, Greta]
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“You should read it. It’s fabulous and ferocious.” —PZ Myers, Pharyngula

"Greta Christina’s analysis of religion is acute and witty, and at the same time fair and compassionate. And I'm jealous: I sure wish I could write as well as she does." —Alan Sokal, Professor of Physics, New York University

"Greta has done something truly impressive with this book: She explains in a calm, reasonable, and thoughtful way exactly why she’s a pissed-off, angry atheist. She’s not alone, though, and it’s not only other atheists who will agree with her. In fact, I *dare* religious people to read this book and not come away furious at the often awful impact faith has had on the world, even if they don't believe they're responsible for it. I may be a "friendly atheist" online, but Greta definitely speaks for me in this book." —Hemant Mehta, Friendly Atheist, author of I Sold My Soul on eBay

"If only more people could channel their anger into something so inspiring! Greta Christina has written the perfect book for anyone who wonders about the true impact of religious dogma on women’s health, gay rights, science education, and the daily lives of those who have no faith. Her concluding chapter, which contains solid advice for how to make a positive change in the world, will ensure that you'll have an outlet for all that rage you'll build up by the end of the book. Trust me—you'll need it." —Rebecca Watson,

"I found this book informative and enraging! Leave it to Greta to inform and elucidate like no other. I highly recommend this book to everyone, everywhere. And I hope never to get Greta angry at me. :)" —David Silverman, President, American Atheists

"Greta Christina’s book offers a passionately lucid explanation of the reasons for atheist anger and its connection to the energy behind all movements for social justice. It is both informative and inspiring." —Ophelia Benson, Butterflies and Wheels

"They say if you're not angry, you're not paying attention. Well, Greta Christina is definitely paying attention—-and in this book, she delivers a clean, bracing blast of atheist anger, like a refreshing cool breeze in a stifling hothouse of faith, that offers compelling reasons why all rational people of conscience should oppose religion and the harm it does." —Adam Lee, Daylight Atheism

"Greta Christina is one of the best writers on religion out there, period. I've been waiting for this book for a long time." —Chris Hallquist, The Uncredible Hallq

"This just became my number-one book to recommend to all believers and new atheists alike. I thought the field of atheist literature was all just rehashing the same stuff by now. But this is an original, visceral, and ultimately complete defense of not just atheist outrage, but atheism itself. Greta sticks to the undeniable facts-on-the-ground and articulates it all correctly and well, heading off every possible rebuttal with brilliant economy. She never gets bogged down in abstract philosophy, yet still hits every key abstract point, leaving you by the end with no rational reason not to agree, and finally kick to the curb that useless old religion, or get off your bum and really do something for the cause."—-Dr. Richard Carrier, author of Sense and Goodness without God

About the Author

Greta Christina has been writing professionally since 1989, on topics including atheism, sexuality and sex-positivity, LGBT issues, politics, culture, and whatever crosses her mind. She is a regular contributor to AlterNet, Free Inquiry, the Humanist, and Salon, and is on the speakers' bureaus of the Secular Student Alliance and the Center for Inquiry.

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  • Publisher: Dirty Heathen Publishing (March 18, 2012)
  • Publication Date: March 18, 2012
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By Book Shark TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 23, 2012
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Why Are You Atheists So Angry?: 99 Things That Piss Off the Godless by Greta Christina

"Why Are You Atheists So Angry?" is a book that had to be written. It's the inspirational, outspoken, thought-provoking, grounded on reality book that makes you proud to be an atheist. Iconic voice of the atheist movement and widely-read blogger Greta Christina provides a much needed book in a growing movement that is grounded on reason and evidence. In this exciting book, Christina replies directly and so powerfully to questions presented to her by believers. Her responses are direct, compelling and ultimately persuasive. A real treat and a much needed resource for all those who care about their beliefs being truthful. This 272 KB book is composed of the following fifteen chapters: 1. Why Are You Atheists So Angry?, 2. Some Answers to the Questions I know I'll Get Asked, 3. Why This UIs Religion's Fault, 4. Yes, This Means You: Moderate and Progressive Religion, 5. Yes, This Means You: New Age Religion, 6. Yes, This Means You: "Spiritual But Not Religious", 7. Yes, This Means You: Ecumenicalism and Interfaith, 8. The Top Ten Reasons I Don't Believe In God, 9. Why "Religion Is Useful" Is a Terrible Argument - The Santa Delusion, 10. What Do You Want, Anyway? One Atheist's Mission Statement, 11. Is Atheism Activism Valid?, 12. Is Atheism Activism Effective? 13. On Other People's Anger and Compassion, 14. What Now? and 15. Resources.

1. Anger has never been so eloquent. A well-reasoned book grounded on reality and accessible to all.
2. A thought-provoking, reason-grounded rant of evidence-based proportions.
3. An outspoken yet respectable tone throughout. A feat on its own.
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I'm one of Greta Christina's longtime blog fans who's been begging her to do this kind of book for years. Greta has a way of answering lay people's greatest fears about atheism. She makes you feel like progress and respectful communication are, YES, possible. She's fierce, she's funny, sympathetic and yet impeccably reasoned. Why didn't I have this book when I was locked down in Catholic School! It would have been so fun to quote to the nuns.
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Do not be fooled by the title of the book. This is not a screed. In an engaging and conversational manner, the author explains why atheists are angry. She superbly demonstrates how to be angry without losing either your temper or losing sight of the goal. In short, she's constructively angry. She got me angry. I hope that you will be angry too, after reading this book.

Ms. Christina emphasizes the point that religion is a hypothesis. The religion hypothesis is supported by scant evidence that has only dwindled as history advances. As she notes, there are numerous situations where natural phenomena formerly explained by "God" are now explained by science. There are exactly zero instances where something formerly explained by science was deemed to be explained only by supernatural events. The book does a great job explaining why the evidence for a God is so scant and evaporating by the day. The book does not address all of the philosophical arguments for God such as the Cosmological or Kalam arguments, nor does it directly address the claims of various theologians over the centuries. I expect that reviewers will criticize this neglect of historical theological thought.

That criticism will be unfair. The book points out that if religion was true in any sense then there would not be as many significant conflicts between religions. Reincarnation and heaven can't both be true. Neither can free will, justification by works and predestination all be true. The numerous internal contradictions alone casts sufficient doubt on religion in general that exhaustive critique of theological thought over the centuries is not required to make her point. Until theology achieves some sort of intellectual rigor in dealing with internal inconsistencies, it can safely be ignored.
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This isn't "The God Delusion" or "Breaking the Spell", nor is it trying to be. If you want a rigorously-reasoned, dispassionate defense of atheism, look elsewhere. Christina is appealing more to your heart than your mind, and she does it well, in her usual engaging style.

She approaches the question of religion not as a scholar, but as an ordinary person with, you know, other things to do with her life than read 3000 pages of Aquinas and Plantinga. Rather than dissecting the Kalam Cosmological argument or Unmoved Mover argument, she points out that religious people have yet to reach a consensus on how many gods there are and whether they're intelligent beings that meddle in the universe, or just abstract ideals. That religion is often justified by threats of hellfire or "but look at all the good religion has done!", and if you have to resort to such arguments, you've already conceded that you can't make a good case for the existence of your gods/saints/fairies/reincarnation/whatever.

She's not just pointing out that the emperor has no clothes, she's putting the video on YouTube and encouraging others to do the same.

If you've been reading her blog, you'll recognize not only a number of arguments, but also whole passages taken directly from her posts (for which I'm deducting one star). This is not to say that this book is just a collection of old posts: it has been edited and rewritten to flow smoothly and stand on its own.

The book is a quick read -- I breezed through it in two days, while holding down a full-time job. I don't agree with everything she says, but I agree with her enough that I'm happy to recommend this book to anyone who wants to understand the "new" atheists and why they do and say the things they do.
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