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.
"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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It kept me thinking through the whole book.
I'm glad she read her own audio book. I like hearing it in the author's own voice and inflection.
I know this sounds trite but the whole book moved me. I have been the black sheep of my family all of my life. At times I felt guilty for being godless. My mother used to say "you are an athiest" but meant it in a bad way. The book made me finally, at 49, feel comfortable with my thoughts and being godless.
I kept saying to myself..."that's what I think!"
I didn't need to listen to this book
While I find the subject of religion very interesting, I live in one of those Scandinavian countries Greta mentions in her book as being secular, where religion governs less and less of our daily life.
Therefore, much of the angriness Greta speaks about doesn't really apply to someone from Scandinavia. Most of the US-related issues, such as being prevented from certain positions, political engagements, career-paths etc., don’t apply for me. Our laws and customs are changing, and religious views no longer play a part in law making. I can happily claim to be an atheist with no risk or retaliation. Religion is losing foothold every day.
In fact, I even refuse to call myself an atheist. I see absolutely no reason to label myself according to a concept I do not acknowledge. To me, it's makes as much sense as if I must label myself as a "hexagonal", because humanity suddenly introduces a concept where we all must be labeled according to the shapes of geometrical figures.
No one flinches or questions your moral upbringing if you claim to be an atheist in this country. There are very few positions, jobs or career-paths being denied me because of my lack of religious view. I didn't need to read this book. I could have said almost everything Greta said, but less elegant. Most of the 99 reasons Greta lists also makes me appalled and frustrated, but I already know what frustrates me about religion. And most people agree with me in this country.
The book does serve as a reminder though, that we must not ever relax our stand. We must constantly be on alert. The world is changing, and suddenly we might again find ourselves in a time where religion gains ground, even in Scandinavia. Just as I write this, a woman from my country is sentenced to 16 month of prison in Dubai for having sex outside of marriage while on a business trip. She was raped at the hotel, and upon going to the Dubai police to file a report, she was arrested. I see no international media jumping onto this story; it is not mentioned on CNN or BBC. I see no politicians jumping on their private jets with the purpose of defending basic human rights. It’s my reason number 100. This woman did not drive too fast. She did not try to smuggle narcotics, she didn’t kill someone, and she didn’t steal anything. She was raped. And for that, she is sentenced to 16 months in prison for violating laws based on religion alone.
Therefore, the audiobook ranks quite high on my list when it comes to importance. For me, it does not bring anything new to the table, and as such, it wasn't a necessary listen for me.
I guess Richard Dawkins comes to mind, although Greta focuses less on religion itself, but rather provides daily examples of religious encounters and how to debate and argue.
I think it's better to consume this book in batches. Some chapters and paragraphs leaves the listener to think a bit, review and ponder on the practical implications and how this applies to his or her daily life. By listening to the book in one go, parts of the self-insight and debating tips might be lost.
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