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The New York Times best-selling author speaks out against those who attack religion to advance their own agenda: global capitalism, intolerance, and imperial projects.There are two radical and dangerous sides to the debate on faith and religion in America: Christian fundamentalists, who see religious faith as their exclusive prerogative, and New Atheists, who brand all religious belief as irrational. Too often, the religious majority - those committed to tolerance and compassion as well as their faith - are caught in the middle.Chris Hedges critiques the mindset that rages against religion and faith. He accuses the New Atheists - led by Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, and Christopher Hitchens - of promoting a belief system that is not, as they claim, based on reason and science, but on a simplified worldview of us vs. them, intolerance toward behaviors that are not understood, and the false myths of human progress and moral superiority. Ultimately, he makes way for new, moderate voices to join the debate. This is a timely, compelling work for anyone who wants to understand the true state of the battle about faith today.
©2008 Chris Hedges; (P)2008 HighBridge Company
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"Chris Hedges reminds us that the point of religion is not to make us disdain those who think differently but rather to help us become decent, responsive, and moral human beings." (0, The Oprah Magazine)
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By C. A. T. on 03-30-14

Puzzeled by the Title?

Certainly Mr. Hedges does believe in atheists, in fact concludes that the newest generation of atheists (Hitchens, Harris, Dawkins etc) are ideologues closer in kind to the religious extremists they desire to literally annihilate.

As an experienced war correspondent who has confessed his own addiction to the “rush and excitement of battle,” he has something important to say about extremism, no matter from which direction it is coming.

He sees the future is bleak and no solution unless people regain the power that the governments now posses.

Hedges explains that these “militant atheists,” posing as religious experts, do not simply disagree with religious truth claims — they see them as evils. Dawkins says they must be removed from our culture, Hitchens blamed it on the Muslims and Harris takes it to the next level in a recent interview in which he states If he had a magic wand with which to eradicate rape or religion he'd choose religion.

Fact moving audio, leaves you with many things to consider. Excellent information and not the typical debate retaliatory commentary in any way.

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By William Charton on 08-23-15

Good book by a great author.

I don't fully agree with everything Chris Hedges says in this book but it made me question some of my beliefs.

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By P. French on 09-02-16

Absolute nonsense

I have seen interviews and debates with Chris Hedges and thought he would have some interesting things to say on the religion/atheism question. Aside from the silly title of this book all he seems to do is criticise the atheists he apparently doesn't believe in. I was expecting a unique and fascination take on the subject as a whole. So I found this a very disappointing listen.

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