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.

Publisher: New York :, Pantheon Books,, [2013]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780307379344
Characteristics: x, 190 pages ; 22 cm

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michelle_mcgrath
Sep 06, 2016

This book seems to be a collection of separate ideas that do not read as a connected piece. The chapters are separate topics and often disconnected from each other, but the author is entertaining and gets his point across. The last few chapters are more informative and should not be skipped though.

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kimbarivas
Oct 24, 2014

Very entertaining and serious at times but I love it's matter of fact narrative most. Myers does seem frustrated with some of his critics and resolves to react towards them but I guess it comes with the territory when you have a controversial blog. I enjoyed his references still.

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bighappyreader
Aug 16, 2014

Interesting in the beginning, but it gets boring after the first half. Same points over and over again.

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taryndorn
Feb 19, 2014

The book reads like a series of blog posts - which make sense, considering the author is a popular blogger. It was amusing, sometimes witty, and often spot-on when it comes to the irritating things the religious say or push on the rest of us. The goal of this book isn't necessarily to deconvert, it's to plant the seed of doubt in people that should have flourished ages ago. And often that's all that is necessary.

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SEELOCHAN BEHARRY
Sep 30, 2013

"The Happy Atheist" is a remarkable read - it points out the fallacies of some of our cherished religious beliefs and traditions. It is particularly relevant in view of current world events and the rise of religious extremism. It explains why we cling to past embedded beliefs and harmful practices. This work is easily read and the messages understood. Well done.
Seelochan Beharry

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