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.
©2012 Greta Christina (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
"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)
Family father, neuroscientist, and non-fiction audiobook addict.
This book begins with a collection of 100 reasons why religion, generally speaking, stinks. Almost all reasons given fall into one of the three following categories: 1) Religious people behaving badly (ex systematic child molesting) 2) Religious people receiving special treatment (ex people excused because they've dice something for religious reasons and 3) non religious people being discriminated against (ex can't get elected president). These 100 reasons are presented in a rather haphazard unstructured way. Moreover, because 100 reasons are presented in a short amount of space, don’t expect any depth of analysis. Most reasons are just 1-4 sentences. To take a few examples:
Atheists are angry because…
- 53 percent of Americans don’t want an atheist president
- Because the catholic church protected child rapists from being prosecuted
- 40% of Utah homeless people are outcast gays
- That polite atheists are deemed intolerant
- Writing about your atheist opinion can [in some countries] result in death
To be fair to G.Christina, she does acknowledge that her list is unstructured and that there is a lot more to all of the arguments. The list I suppose could be seen more as a starting point for further discussions. It also provides many reminders for atheist readers such as myself about all the things that are wrong with religion.
Beyond the list, the book provides answers to some frequently asked questions that are typically directed at atheists, such as “isn’t atheism just another religion?”, or “why do you not make a clear distinction between moderate religious practitioners and fundamentalists?”. As such this book can provide interested readers with a somewhat shallow overview explaining why atheists don't like religion. However, compared to The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins (which is probably trumped by other books), this is an inferior book in almost every respect. The God Delusion does everything that this book does, only better, and it is also more well written. The one advantage that this book have is that it is shorter. So, if you have a tight schedule this book might be an alternative. However, even in the short introduction to atheism category, a better alternative is Sam Harris book, letter to a christian nation which drives home the same points in a more powerful and coherent way.
When commuting to and from work about 2 hours daily, and while doing the more basic functions of my job, a good audiobook provides the pace.
I finished this in a day and a half, if my boss wasn't so adamant about me doing my job I would have finished on the first day.
The author does a great job expressing the frustration of dealing with a magical thinking world, while respecting those still caught in it's vortex of immoral non-consistent and out-right harmful doctrine and dogma.
Slick Arguments from atheist activists, title is deceptively brilliant as I got the intent wrong the first time I saw it. The content is profoundly economized to make the point. I would recommend this to anyone disturbed or a scholar of things about theism and atheism.
This is a *must read* for atheists, theists, and on-the-fencers. If you're religious and have ever wondered why we atheists are so angry, read or listen to this book. If you are an atheist and have trouble articulating your reasons for being angry, read or listen to this book; it will help you state your argument better.
Good for Greta Christina for bravely and unashamedly voicing her anger, and for sending out a call to arms to all atheists to stand up and be counted.
No. If you want a good book on the subject read Penn jillette's God No.
No, just her writings
She is spinning her politics into a religious manifesto where if you don't agree with her your wrong. She and many others (bill maher comes to mind) are trying to turn atheism from an unaffiliated lack of faith, into a collective that have the same doctrine and sheep their way through life. the very thing that turned me away from any faith, which is an us vs them outlook on life, is the object of this book.
She is condescending to the reader throughout much of the book, talking down to you because you are not nearly as enlightened as she is, and just like the forces she is writing against, she lets you know, if you don't share her ideas you are not only wrong, but stupid. She is also condescending by saying things like " I don't hate people that think differently than be, BUT...." and then uses a vast vocabulary to tell you she hates people that don't share her doctrine.
And keep in mind I am a free thinker and agree with her statements about how atheists should be taken seriously, and 2000 year old sheep herder's campfire stories should not dictate our national policies. But I don't think that someone with a different opinion is somehow a lesser person or inferior.
Its the same BS the the religious right has been feeding us for centuries just wrapped up with an angry leftist vibe, repackaged think like us and sold back to you.
I would remove the author as the narrator. The woman was unable to hide her contempt for others in her voice. She would say something that she thought was bullet proof or a huge insult on "the other side" and then make a small smug laugh and she did it throughout the whole book.
I have a saying. "Try not to argue with someone that shares the same opinion with you." Man, this book really makes that hard.
Evidently, this audio book is one long list of things that Greta is angry about. I too am an atheist, but I'm not angry or even sorry. Sure, I am tired of Christians (theists) flaunting their religion in my face and I too am tired of seeing the cross displayed as a piece of jewelry (this was an instrument used for torture and death, if not performed on Jesus then it was most certainly inflicted on countless others), however, it doesn't make me angry, just sad. I am sad that so many people claim to follow a man known only as Jesus, a man that nobody can prove even existed, and yet these same people can vanquish all other non-believers to eternal hell and torment while they, in turn, will enjoy every imaginable luxury in heaven. How dare they. However, with this said, it's still a sad excuse for a book simply to lists all the things that makes one angry. I am sorry that I could only listen to 20 minutes of this book before turning it off. Enjoy yourself Greta.
I am an atheist but couldn't finish this very depressing book. I didn't want to spend my time listening to a lot of lists of various headlines of people doing bad things. I had hoped it would have been a little more informative, not boring. Her voice was irritating too. Anyone who is an atheist already knows all this stuff.
The book is pretty much a rant. I was really disappointed that Ms Christina was not able to put together a coherent world view. She ascribed anything that she didn't agree with to those "horrible" Christians, indicating that she really understands nothing about Christians.
It is unlikely that I would ever knowingly listen to Ms Christina again.
The three words that best describe Greta Chistina's performance, in my opinion, are: ranting, disjointed, and, frankly, ignorant, in that she does not seem to know the Christian doctrines she takes issue with.
Overall this book generated disappointment in that I expected a coherent understanding of the atheists' viewpoints. Instead I discovered that this atheist, at least, is as unclear about what she believes as she is about what others believe.
I enjoyed this as it cataloged and reminded me of why I was angry and why it is fine and right to be angry .
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