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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.
©2012 Greta Christina (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"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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By Amy on 09-10-12

LOVE THIS!

If you could sum up Why Are You Atheists So Angry? in three words, what would they be?

Honest, Surprising, Insightful, Revelation

What did you like best about this story?

It kept me thinking through the whole book.

What about Greta Christina’s performance did you like?

I'm glad she read her own audio book. I like hearing it in the author's own voice and inflection.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

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.

Any additional comments?

I kept saying to myself..."that's what I think!"

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By Amazon Customer on 07-19-13

I didn't need to listen to this book

Where does Why Are You Atheists So Angry? rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

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.

What other book might you compare Why Are You Atheists So Angry? to and why?

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.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

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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By Amazon Customer on 12-02-13

Thought-provoking

If you could sum up Why Are You Atheists So Angry? in three words, what would they be?

Thought-provoking, compassionate and true.

What did you like best about this story?

Well, considering that this isn't so much a story as it is a book full of reasons to be angry at religion, it's hard to answer that. Atheists, especially the "angry" ones, are often accused of being heartless and mean, but Greta Christinas compassion and love for other humans is so obvious. The anger stems from love, not from hate - and the unwillingness to sit around and watch how religion repeatedly cause harm to people all over the world.

I can completely relate to her feelings, so obviously this book speaks to me.

Have you listened to any of Greta Christina’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No, I don't think there are any others.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Repeatedly made me angry and sad. I was already familiar with a lot of the reasons she lists, but listening to a full list of the negative impact religion has on so many people's lives is heartbreaking.

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By Sam Roebuck on 02-24-13

Opened my eyes

As an atheist in the UK, where it's pretty much the norm now, it opened my eyes to how far behind us the US is.



I fear for the future of that great country if they continue to alienate rational thinkers, the scientific community, and so on. We've seen the outcomes for countries who let religion colour their thinking and politics, and it is always disastrous for its citizens.

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By Kitty on 01-06-16

Brilliant

What a great intro ( or not ) to Atheism for those who who need a little encouragement.

Well written and read by a wonderfully engaged and outspoken Atheist.

Highly Recommended.

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