The Happy Atheist

The Happy Atheist

Book - 2013
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“I’m an atheist swimming in a sea of superstition, surrounded by well-meaning, good people with whom I share a culture and similar concerns, and there’s only one thing I can do. I have to laugh.” —PZ Myers

On his popular science blog, Pharyngula, PZ Myers has entertained millions of readers with his infectious love of evolutionary science and his equally infectious disdain for creationism, biblical literalism, intelligent design theory, and other products of godly illogic. This funny and fearless book collects and expands on some of his most popular writings, giving the religious fanaticism of our times the gleeful disrespect it deserves by skewering the apocalyptic fantasies, magical thinking, hypocrisies, and pseudoscientific theories advanced by religious fundamentalists of all stripes.

With a healthy appreciation of the absurd, Myers not only pokes fun at the ridiculous tenets of popular religions but also highlights how the persistence of Stone Age superstitions can have dark consequences: interfering with our politics, slowing our scientific progress, and limiting freedom in our culture.

Forceful and articulate, scathing and funny, The Happy Atheist is a reaffirmation of the revelatory power of humor and the truth-revealing powers of science and reason.

Baker & Taylor
The creator of the popular science blog, Pharyngula, presents a bitingly uproarious assessment of religious fanaticism that imparts his infectious disdain for such topics as creationism, biblical literalism and "intelligent design" theory.

Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, 2013
ISBN: 9780307379344
Branch Call Number: 211.8 MYE 2013
Characteristics: 190 pages cm


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Oct 23, 2015

I stopped reading about a third of the way through the book. I didn't stop because Myers wasn't entertaining- his writing is quite endearing in fact. I didn't stop because I disagreed with Myers or his arguments- I find his arguments well considered and reasonably persuasive with a few objections that aren't a huge sticking point for me. Another reviewer noted that the book feels like a collection of blog posts, and I noticed the same thing, but wasn't why I stopped reading. I stopped reading, because Myers is beating a dead horse. If this is your first book on the subject, then it will be a solid and well written, well presented introduction. If you have read other books in the 'pop atheism' genre, then you have seen all of this before and should only read it if you are looking for further reassurance and confirmation of your biases (whichever direction to which the lie).


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