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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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    Bill Hilly 12-05-12
    Bill Hilly 12-05-12
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    ""Anger" Is Not An Excuse to Buy This Book"
    What disappointed you about Why Are You Atheists So Angry??

    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.


    4 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Dorothy 12-01-12
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    "I'm angry I purchased this book"

    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.

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    D. Sims 11-24-12
    D. Sims 11-24-12
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    "The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God."
    What disappointed you about Why Are You Atheists So Angry??

    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.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Greta Christina again?

    It is unlikely that I would ever knowingly listen to Ms Christina again.


    What three words best describe Greta Christina’s performance?

    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.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    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.


    5 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Steve Pagano Acworth, GA USA 10-16-14
    Steve Pagano Acworth, GA USA 10-16-14 Member Since 2013
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    Would you try another book from Greta Christina and/or Greta Christina?

    No.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The author; reading her own work, does a good job with pacing, diction, enunciation, and so on, which (as someone hearing-impaired) I appreciate.

    However, she has one particular tic which started as a minor distraction, but soon came to dominate my perception of her narration: she laugh-talks when making emphasis. She seems to believe that this is a form of self-deprecation (and she says as much), but instead she uses it as a way of expressing emotional connection to the message. This might not have been so bothersome if it were not for the fact that she consistently laughs (literally) any time she makes mention of something that she believes is so obvious that it doesn't bear mentioning, and any time she mentions anything with which she doesn't agree politically. This significantly weakens her arguments when it is used, as it comes across that, instead of using facts, she is using mockery to try to score points.


    Any additional comments?

    After an excellent introduction and initial chapter, in which her political leanings (firmly Liberal, in the U.S. definition) appear only on occasion and do not significantly change the argument, the book moves slowly but steadily downhill. After she makes a good mention about how one's own personal politics are a common area of strongly-held (and it is implied, often irrational) beliefs that can interfere with one's perception of reality, she begins a pattern of adulterating many of her arguments with her own political tenets, all of these stated uncritically, and many of them of arguable veracity. Such incursions are not omnipresent, but they appear at regular intervals, and increase in frequency as the book progresses. What would otherwise be a strong collection of arguments is therefore weakened significantly, to the point that I think anyone not agreeing with her specific political point of view will find the book off-putting. Since she explicitly states a desire to persuade people, she should have left the political dogma out.

    The author's narration only heightens the jarring nature of these ideological intrusions, as she reserves her strongest laughter for those moments when she is bringing her political views to the fore, underlining the perception that all she has to back these assertions is mockery.

    Still, the first chapter is extremely good and thoroughly researched, and stands out as the strongest part of the work. If she'd kept more to facts and less to opinion in the rest of the book, it would certainly have rated higher, but the best I can give it now is 3 stars.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Neuron Sweden 08-09-14
    Neuron Sweden 08-09-14 Member Since 2015

    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.

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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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    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 Listener Since 2009

    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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