The Happy Atheist - PZ Myers

The Happy Atheist

By PZ Myers

  • Publication Date: 2013-08-13
  • Genre: Religion & Spirituality
3.5 Score: 3.5 (From 30 Ratings)

Book Overview

“I’m an atheist swimming in a sea of superstition, surrounded by well-meaning, good people with whom I share a culture and similar concerns, and there’s only one thing I can do. I have to laugh.” —PZ Myers
 
On 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. This funny and fearless book collects and expands on some of his most popular writings, giving the religious fanaticism of our times the gleeful disrespect it deserves by 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 Stone Age superstitions can have dark consequences: interfering with our politics, slowing our scientific progress, and limiting freedom in our culture.

Forceful and articulate, scathing and funny, The Happy Atheist is a reaffirmation of the revelatory power of humor and the truth-revealing powers of science and reason.

From the Hardcover edition.

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Users Reviews

  • Of course they removed my review

    1
    By Romans5:8
    I’ll repeat my review again, since the heralds of reason was afraid people would see the silliness behind being a “happy” atheist. First off, it is aptly put in the religious section of iBooks since you truly have to have faith that nothing created everything. There’s absolutely no scientific law that could ever support that theory, you see, but don’t worry it’s true. Then this bunch of blown up stuff, said “lets organize ourselves and create a habitable planet where life can form from non-life.” Wait it didn’t say that at all, as matter doesn’t have an intelligence to think and do anything. But lets skip over that major little detail and move on to “happy.” What is happy? The atheistic worldview cannot even define the word as there has to be a set standard of happiness to compare something to and in their whole theory everything is an accident and has no purpose or meaning. So kid yourselves if you want, but one thing an atheist is not gonna be is happy once they truly ponder and reflect on how hopeless and meaningless their life is according to their own beliefs.
  • Best of PZ

    5
    By Pstevens
    This is mostly a collection of his blog posts from 2010 and before. I liked the book because it highlights how PZ became an important voice in the atheist movement.
  • The Fearless Atheist

    5
    By 601
    I've been waiting for PZ to write this book ever since we spoke on the Queen Mary! And don't be afraid, this book will unscare you.