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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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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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    Neuron Sweden 08-09-14
    Neuron Sweden 08-09-14 Member Since 2014

    Family father, neuroscientist, and non-fiction audiobook addict.

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    "Forgettable book, even though I agree with everyth"

    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
    - 9/11
    - 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.

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    skepticalDustin @skepticalDustin 11-09-13
    skepticalDustin @skepticalDustin 11-09-13 Member Since 2013

    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.

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    "Everyone get angry!"
    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Zaldy Chicago, IL, United States 01-02-13
    Zaldy Chicago, IL, United States 01-02-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Brilliant! This will be a Classic"

    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.

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    brett 12-05-12
    brett 12-05-12 Member Since 2012

    Homemaker Dad

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    "You , should be angry too"

    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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    Sam DDO, QC, Canada 04-07-13
    Sam DDO, QC, Canada 04-07-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A very fast introduction to Atheism."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    For somebody who never heard of Atheism before it will be a nice introduction


    If you’ve listened to books by Greta Christina before, how does this one compare?

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    What about Greta Christina’s performance did you like?

    Very Good


    Could you see Why Are You Atheists So Angry? being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    No

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher Murphy Natick, MA United States 10-15-13
    Christopher Murphy Natick, MA United States 10-15-13 Member Since 2015

    Hyperbole is the Best Thing EVER!!!!

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    "She Doesn't Speak For All of Us"

    Seriously, this woman is not worth your time if you're an atheist with any amount of critical thinking. She exists for that segment of us that just is looking for a reason to hate. I hate those people as much as I hate fundies in other philosophical enclaves.

    You can find an atheist with a love of knowledge, a sense of humor, a sense of propriety and a need for truth.

    Oh wait. You can find thousands of them. You can find many of them that write books.

    She's not of them.

    And comparing herself to the like of Dawkins and the Hitch just makes me loathe her.

    So if you aren't an atheist......she's not a good sampling

    If you are......you should know better.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Robin Myerstown, PA, United States 01-02-14
    Robin Myerstown, PA, United States 01-02-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Could not get past the introduction!"
    What disappointed you about Why Are You Atheists So Angry??

    Could not get past the reasons this Atheist was so angry! Obviously she was a former Catholic who must have had some truma in her childhood considering she spend minutes bashing catholics and only two seconds to say she is angry at "what happened on 911. Greta, please move to an athesist or muslum country if you are so angry here!!!!!!!


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Probably something light and fun! Maybe a Chet and Bernie story.


    How could the performance have been better?

    it sounded forced.


    What character would you cut from Why Are You Atheists So Angry??

    The author!


    Any additional comments?

    Please refund my credit so I can use it for a good book! Thanks!

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    dustin tucson, AZ, United States 08-01-13
    dustin tucson, AZ, United States 08-01-13 Member Since 2015
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    "you are angry becuase your uninformed."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    You would enjoy this if you can't think for yourself.


    What could Greta Christina have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Maybe put less time into being angry at things you don't understand.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Well informed to why people may be so smart but yet so dumb at the same time.


    Any additional comments?

    well done, the emotion of rage toward religion blinds the one from faith. The godless are a religion of blind. Be more happy about living for nothing I guess than living angry at thing that won't matter when your dead.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
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