The Happy Atheist

The Happy Atheist

Book - 2013
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Through his popular science blog, Pharyngula, PZ Myers has entertained millions of readers with his infectious love of evolutionary science and his equally infectious disdain for creationism, biblical literalism, intelligent design theory, and other products of godly illogic. In this funny and fearless book, Myers takes on the religious fanaticism of our times with the gleeful disrespect it deserves, skewering the apocalyptic fantasies, magical thinking, hypocrisies, and pseudoscientific theories advanced by religious fundamentalists of all stripes. With a healthy appreciation of the absurd, Myers not only pokes fun at the ridiculous tenets of popular religions but also highlights how the persistence of superstitions can have dark consequences: interfering with our politics, slowing our scientific progress, and limiting freedom in our culture.--From publisher description.
Published: New York :, Pantheon Books,, [2013]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780307379344
0307379345
Branch Call Number: 211.8 MYE
Characteristics: x, 190 pages :,illustration ;,22 cm

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kennethbhill
Jan 21, 2019

The title intrigued me, and seeing that it was a Staff Pick, I checked it out to read. The book reads as a collection of the PZ Myers' blog posts. The first few chapters are interesting, but then PZ Myers keeps espousing the same message (e.g., superiority of atheism and ridicules all formal religions). Some parts are witty, and he provides some thought provoking concepts, but overall PZ Myers' evangalizes atheism a bit too much for me.

michelle_mcgrath Sep 06, 2016

This book seems to be a collection of separate ideas that do not read as a connected piece. The chapters are separate topics and often disconnected from each other, but the author is entertaining and gets his point across. The last few chapters are more informative and should not be skipped though.

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kimbarivas
Oct 24, 2014

Very entertaining and serious at times but I love it's matter of fact narrative most. Myers does seem frustrated with some of his critics and resolves to react towards them but I guess it comes with the territory when you have a controversial blog. I enjoyed his references still.

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bighappyreader
Aug 16, 2014

Interesting in the beginning, but it gets boring after the first half. Same points over and over again.

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taryndorn
Feb 19, 2014

The book reads like a series of blog posts - which make sense, considering the author is a popular blogger. It was amusing, sometimes witty, and often spot-on when it comes to the irritating things the religious say or push on the rest of us. The goal of this book isn't necessarily to deconvert, it's to plant the seed of doubt in people that should have flourished ages ago. And often that's all that is necessary.

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SEELOCHAN BEHARRY
Sep 30, 2013

"The Happy Atheist" is a remarkable read - it points out the fallacies of some of our cherished religious beliefs and traditions. It is particularly relevant in view of current world events and the rise of religious extremism. It explains why we cling to past embedded beliefs and harmful practices. This work is easily read and the messages understood. Well done.
Seelochan Beharry

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