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For atheist, by an atheist...period!
on January 15, 2014
I purchased this book in my attempt to better understanding atheism. I have so far read one Sam Harris book, and I have watched several lectures from Hitchens, and Dawkins. However, recently upon talking to an individual who more clearly understood atheism I realized I wasn't as versed in it as I thought I was, so I went to Amazon to find atheistic books with pretty good ratings to read to learn more about atheist thought. However, as a seminarian, I feel that this book is grossly oversimplified, and as the sub-title states just the rantings of an apparently angry atheist. This book is not the book for a person trying to learn about atheism, instead I think this book is for a person who is an atheist and is seeking "confirmation" of their feelings from someone else. I don't like books like this, even within my own worldview. The other's Biblical interpretation is absolutely terrible, and devoid of sufficient research. Trust me their are plenty of humanist Bible scholars out there that interpret strictly from a scholarly perspective and even they would laugh at some of Dromedary Hump's wacky interpretations, he does give it a nice try though. I want to also say that the book is grossly intolerant of others almost to point of fascism, it is as if the author believes that every single theist is either an idiot and/or Bill O'Reilly, such a tone suggest an ignorant person with a limited view of the rest of the world. I agree that many theist, and especially Evangelicals(which I do not subscribe to) have done some stuff that is not right, have said ignorant things, and have been insensitive, however we must be the change we wish to see. Making generalizations for an entire group because of a handful of simpletons is not fair, or wise.