I Don't Believe in Atheists

  • by Chris Hedges
  • Narrated by Chris Hedges
  • 4 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


What the Critics Say

"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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An author who knows little but thinks he knows all

Books providing a criticism of religion can be quite enlightening, but this unfortunately isn't one of them. The author despises -- yes, that's the word -- the dogmatists of atheism and religion, even while condeming them for despising people with whom they disagree. And who are these religious/atheist fanatics? It seems they are people who believe the world can be a better place if we put our backs to the task. The author considers these people dangerous. Once he has pegged them, there is no journalistic scorn they should be spared. As a former newspaper reporter and editor, I recognize the style: the carefully selected anecdote, the contemptuous adjective, the dismissive summation. The monumental irony is that the author dispenses this vitriol against people whose unforgiveable fault is: being judgmental. How he manages to write this book without recognizing that irony is a mystery more shrouded than any religious cult.
I suppose there are dangerous atheists, although I don't know any. My atheist friends are generally educated and decent people, trying to make sense of this crazy world. I suppose there are dangerous believers, although I don't know any of them either. My Christian friends, mostly Catholics, mostly what the author would call (with the perfuntory camouflage journalists apply to certain prejudices they know their audiences generally share) "devout Catholics." But they, too, are fine and good people. I even know a few Fundamentalist Christians, and whatever their political agendas, I can only say this: if some unthinkable cataclysm comes hurtling upon the world, I'd be relieved to find them among the survivors. Anyhow, I know there are self-inflated journalists who have chafed under the barely perceptible limits that pass for professional ethics in their business, and who finally free themselves to write pedantic books about their uninformed and uninformable opinions. If you're looking for that book, look no further.
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Save your money

In an attempt to keep an open mind I was interested in getting a different view point to atheism and religion. I hope that I can save others their hard earned money.

This book mainly focuses on the ills of an extreme point of view. What is not considered is the substance behind the point of view. According to Mr. Hedges, mankind will always be stuck not knowing if god exists. Unlike books on atheism that provide historic and scientific references, this book is written base on opinion.

It appears that the author sees a chance to cash in on what he calls the neo-atheistic movement. That would be an understandable goal if the book had something of value to add either for or against. He does neither.
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- Larry

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-06-2008
  • Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books