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Why Are You Atheists So Angry?: 99 Things That Piss Off the Godless | [Greta Christina]

Why Are You Atheists So Angry?: 99 Things That Piss Off the Godless

Why are atheists angry? Is it because they're selfish, joyless, lacking in meaning, and alienated from God? Or is it because they have legitimate reasons to be angry - and are ready to do something about it? Armed with passionate outrage, absurdist humor, and calm intelligence, popular blogger Greta Christina makes a powerful case for outspoken atheist activism, and explains the empathy and justice that drive it. This accessible, personal, down-to-earth book speaks not only to atheists, but also to believers who want to understand the so-called new atheism.
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Publisher's Summary

Why are atheists angry? Is it because they're selfish, joyless, lacking in meaning, and alienated from God? Or is it because they have legitimate reasons to be angry - and are ready to do something about it? Armed with passionate outrage, absurdist humor, and calm intelligence, popular blogger Greta Christina makes a powerful case for outspoken atheist activism, and explains the empathy and justice that drive it. This accessible, personal, down-to-earth book speaks not only to atheists, but also to believers who want to understand the so-called new atheism.

Why Are You Atheists So Angry? drops a bombshell on the destructive force of religious faith - and gives a voice to millions of angry atheists.

Download the accompanying reference guide.

©2012 Greta Christina (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"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 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)

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    Erik Trondheim, Norway 07-19-13
    Erik Trondheim, Norway 07-19-13

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    "I didn't need to listen to this book"
    Where does Why Are You Atheists So Angry? rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    While I find the subject of religion very interesting, I live in one of those Scandinavian countries Greta mentions in her book as being secular, where religion governs less and less of our daily life.

    Therefore, much of the angriness Greta speaks about doesn't really apply to someone from Scandinavia. Most of the US-related issues, such as being prevented from certain positions, political engagements, career-paths etc., don’t apply for me. Our laws and customs are changing, and religious views no longer play a part in law making. I can happily claim to be an atheist with no risk or retaliation. Religion is losing foothold every day.

    In fact, I even refuse to call myself an atheist. I see absolutely no reason to label myself according to a concept I do not acknowledge. To me, it's makes as much sense as if I must label myself as a "hexagonal", because humanity suddenly introduces a concept where we all must be labeled according to the shapes of geometrical figures.

    No one flinches or questions your moral upbringing if you claim to be an atheist in this country. There are very few positions, jobs or career-paths being denied me because of my lack of religious view. I didn't need to read this book. I could have said almost everything Greta said, but less elegant. Most of the 99 reasons Greta lists also makes me appalled and frustrated, but I already know what frustrates me about religion. And most people agree with me in this country.

    The book does serve as a reminder though, that we must not ever relax our stand. We must constantly be on alert. The world is changing, and suddenly we might again find ourselves in a time where religion gains ground, even in Scandinavia. Just as I write this, a woman from my country is sentenced to 16 month of prison in Dubai for having sex outside of marriage while on a business trip. She was raped at the hotel, and upon going to the Dubai police to file a report, she was arrested. I see no international media jumping onto this story; it is not mentioned on CNN or BBC. I see no politicians jumping on their private jets with the purpose of defending basic human rights. It’s my reason number 100. This woman did not drive too fast. She did not try to smuggle narcotics, she didn’t kill someone, and she didn’t steal anything. She was raped. And for that, she is sentenced to 16 months in prison for violating laws based on religion alone.

    Therefore, the audiobook ranks quite high on my list when it comes to importance. For me, it does not bring anything new to the table, and as such, it wasn't a necessary listen for me.


    What other book might you compare Why Are You Atheists So Angry? to and why?

    I guess Richard Dawkins comes to mind, although Greta focuses less on religion itself, but rather provides daily examples of religious encounters and how to debate and argue.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I think it's better to consume this book in batches. Some chapters and paragraphs leaves the listener to think a bit, review and ponder on the practical implications and how this applies to his or her daily life. By listening to the book in one go, parts of the self-insight and debating tips might be lost.


    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Amy Plymouth, IN, United States 09-10-12
    Amy Plymouth, IN, United States 09-10-12
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    If you could sum up Why Are You Atheists So Angry? in three words, what would they be?

    Honest, Surprising, Insightful, Revelation


    What did you like best about this story?

    It kept me thinking through the whole book.


    What about Greta Christina’s performance did you like?

    I'm glad she read her own audio book. I like hearing it in the author's own voice and inflection.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I know this sounds trite but the whole book moved me. I have been the black sheep of my family all of my life. At times I felt guilty for being godless. My mother used to say "you are an athiest" but meant it in a bad way. The book made me finally, at 49, feel comfortable with my thoughts and being godless.


    Any additional comments?

    I kept saying to myself..."that's what I think!"

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Sivashankaran Selangor, Malaysia 01-02-13
    Sivashankaran Selangor, Malaysia 01-02-13
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    "Try it - Regardless of your theistic stand"

    This book raised many critical questions that both theist and atheist should listen too. Whilst being more prescriptive on the atheist side (understandable given the title and intent), this book also has a elements of science which is neutral. The narrator / author sometimes maximises intonation it almost feels like a conversation (one sided of course - given it s an audio-book).

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    C. Telfair Shepherdstown, WV, United States 08-20-12
    C. Telfair Shepherdstown, WV, United States 08-20-12

    Audible has changed my life! Dry , itchy eyes were destroying one of my greatest pleasures - reading. Now I am experiencing books again!

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    "Not An Angry Book, but an Honest One"

    I wish everyone, atheist or non, would listen to at least the 3rd and 4th chapters of this book. We're all aware of the reasons why anger is sometimes an appropriate reaction to organized religion, but the book, to me, was not primarily about that. It's about reason and justice and whether or not human beings are really willing to offer more than lip service to these ideals which we claim to revere.

    I would argue that those who consider themselves religious will not be particularly offended by this book, despite its "angry" title. You don't have to agree with Greta Christina to gain something from listening and to realize (and hopefully admit) that she makes some valid points here.

    The author reads her book well and with conviction and humor - happily, not with anger. It's bound to make the listener look at religion in new ways.

    22 of 28 people found this review helpful
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    Ian C Robertson South Australia, Australia 07-07-13
    Ian C Robertson South Australia, Australia 07-07-13

    Eclectic mixer of books of my youth and ones I always meant to read, but didn't.

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    "Less Angry Now"

    Having had the benefit of listening to Greta Christina's thesis, I am more athiest and less angry than I might otherwise have been had I continued to avoid the debate. She makes a strong argument for taking the fight to the barricades of religion, orthodox and unorthodox alike. I'm not sure I'm up for the fight on the front line (in fact I'm sure that I am not), but I won't be slinking off (as I did) to buy the next round if the fight comes to me!
    The arguments are of course made to the converted, so they go down easily with me, but they are worth hearing in this considered way, in one collective mass. There's no new argument, but there is no new argument to refute, either.
    The author's reading is an important part of her message. She happens to sound like a friend and colleague of mine, so it was like having a discussion with her and so, so easy to listen to.
    I agree that there are many more than 99 ways to piss-off the godless, but this book is not one of them. I thoroughly recommend it to athiests, people who say they are agnostic (as I did many years ago when I was unsatisfied by the religion that I was being taught in Secondary School), true believers and believers, perhaps not alike, but just the same. You may not like what she says, but if you're honest about it, you'll admit that she has a fine way of saying it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michael A. Slominsky Louisville, Kentucky United States 03-03-13
    Michael A. Slominsky Louisville, Kentucky United States 03-03-13
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    Where does Why Are You Atheists So Angry? rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I'm new to audiobooks, so the fact that it ranks in my top ten is meaningless, but I would listen to this title again.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I thought the arguments were laid out well and I liked the author's conversational tone (and performance), the lightness of the humor and that the message was delivered, but not in such a way that it seemed like a lecture.


    What does Greta Christina bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I really appreciated her "vocal performance." She wrote the book in her first person voice and it seemed so natural and clear to hear her read her words in a conversational tone. It was like having coffee with her. I would love to have coffee with her because of this reading.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. This is book was short and intruiging to me. While I was unable to listen to the whole thing in one sitting, it might get a repeat play in one sitting in the near future.


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    Robert Pinole, CA, United States 03-25-13
    Robert Pinole, CA, United States 03-25-13
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    "A nice compilation of reasons to dislike religion"
    Where does Why Are You Atheists So Angry? rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Perhaps not destined to receive any literary prizes, but a fun read for atheists. Considering the number of books that I wasn't able to finish, or had to struggle to finish, I would have to rate this book in about the 80th percentile.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The fact that it listed all of the diverse reasons that religion has been a bad influence in human society as well as being unsupportable as being true.


    What about Greta Christina’s performance did you like?

    She managed not to make it sound like a rant. Her diction was clear and appropriately paced, with just enough emotion to emphasize her points.


    If you could give Why Are You Atheists So Angry? a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Finally, an objective discussion of religion!


    Any additional comments?

    Most of the arguments and facts that she presented were already known to me, but she put them all together into a clear and compelling book.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    carl801 Madison, Alabama United States 08-17-12
    carl801 Madison, Alabama United States 08-17-12

    Old soldier

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    "I am an atheist and I am pissed off!"

    Until Richard Dawkins came along and so elegantly skewered religion with his razor sharp intellect, I did not self-identify as an atheist but as just another former catholic. And then I was hit by the triple whammy in quick succession: Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and the late and truly lamented Christopher Hitchens. I have never looked back. Yet, as good as their arguments are, they did not prepare me for the barrage of vitriol that most atheists face when they come out. And that, in a nutshell, is what Greta Christina's book is all about. Religions, she argues, exist on the continuum between good and evil. Some religions may be less evil than others right now, but the trend over time for all religions is toward evil. A few religions are explicitly evil, but the majority that are not lend credibility to those that are and thus they aid and abet evil.

    Dawkins et al provide the intellectual arguments against belief in the supernatural, but Greta provides nuts and bolts arguments that I can put in my back pocket for the next time someone tells me that I'm no different from the believers . She is angry, it is true, but her arguments are reasoned, not shrill, and her anger fuels the impulse to try to make things better. I am angry right along with her because, for example, I loved the Boy Scouts but can no longer suppress my revulsion. Hitchens liked to say that religion as a way of understanding the universe belongs to the childhood of our species. This book is a step along the way toward leaving our imaginary friends behind, growing up, and taking responsibility for ourselves in the one and only life we get.

    77 of 110 people found this review helpful
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    Joaquin Madrid, Spain 09-03-12
    Joaquin Madrid, Spain 09-03-12
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    "Good summary of how to debunk absurd beliefs"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Not really,it's a little repetitive, but that's normal in this kind of book and subject.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Why Are You Atheists So Angry??

    The 99 initial reasons.


    What does Greta Christina bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    It's consistent and helps to organize thoughts better.


    Do you think Why Are You Atheists So Angry? needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I suppose there can be many dealing with different concrete problems.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a good book for everybody, clear and to the point. Greta Christina reads it very well-

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    George United States 08-20-12
    George United States 08-20-12
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    "Englightening. Excellent."

    Usually I hate books where the author chooses to be narrator, rather than hiring a professional narrator. But in this instance, the author narrates well; probably because she is also a public speaker.

    The book sets forth a persuasive case for atheism by using logic and reason and does so without being inflammatory or contentious. It is a book that teaches.

    9 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    "Thought-provoking"
    If you could sum up Why Are You Atheists So Angry? in three words, what would they be?

    Thought-provoking, compassionate and true.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Well, considering that this isn't so much a story as it is a book full of reasons to be angry at religion, it's hard to answer that. Atheists, especially the "angry" ones, are often accused of being heartless and mean, but Greta Christinas compassion and love for other humans is so obvious. The anger stems from love, not from hate - and the unwillingness to sit around and watch how religion repeatedly cause harm to people all over the world.

    I can completely relate to her feelings, so obviously this book speaks to me.


    Have you listened to any of Greta Christina’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No, I don't think there are any others.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Repeatedly made me angry and sad. I was already familiar with a lot of the reasons she lists, but listening to a full list of the negative impact religion has on so many people's lives is heartbreaking.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sam Roebuck
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    "Opened my eyes"

    As an atheist in the UK, where it's pretty much the norm now, it opened my eyes to how far behind us the US is.



    I fear for the future of that great country if they continue to alienate rational thinkers, the scientific community, and so on. We've seen the outcomes for countries who let religion colour their thinking and politics, and it is always disastrous for its citizens.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jonathan
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    "Simply the best book on religion I've ever read"

    Chapter one is:

    Terrifying
    Personal
    Inspiring
    Saddening
    Maddening
    Enlightening
    Motivating
    Emotional
    Moving
    Caring
    Damning
    Wonderful

    The rest of the book is pretty good too.
    A must read for atheists and the religious alike.

    5 of 11 people found this review helpful
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