From Marvil Olavsy and Town Hall.
“Nineteenth-century novelist Gustave Flaubert used to joke about archaeologists discovering a stone tablet signed “God” and reading, “I do not exist.” His punch line had an atheist then exclaiming, “See! I told you so!”
These days, nothing stops atheistic caissons from rolling along the bookstore aisles. Maybe that’s because atheists on average have small families and lots of discretionary doubloons jingling in their pockets. Sam Harris’ “Letter to a Christian Nation” and Richard Dawkins’ “The God Delusion” were big best sellers during 2006. Christopher Hitchens’ “God Is Not Great” has ascended this year.
All three books are ferocious. Here, for example, is Dawkins’ view of God: “arguably the most unpleasant character in fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.”
Concerning “The God Delusion,” even Publishers Weekly noted, “For a scientist who criticizes religion for its intolerance, Dawkins has written a surprisingly intolerant book, full of scorn for religion and those who believe. Even confirmed atheists who agree with his advocacy of science and vigorous rationalism may have trouble stomaching some of the rhetoric: the biblical Yahweh is ‘psychotic,’ Aquinas’s proofs of God’s existence are ‘fatuous’ and religion generally is ‘nonsense.'”
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