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The Atheist's Bible: An Illustrious Collection of Irreverent Thoughts.

THE ATHEIST'S BIBLE: An Illustrious Collection of Irreverent Thoughts by Joan Konner, ed. Los Angeles: HarperCollins Publishers, 2007. 195 pages. Hardcover; $16.95. ISBN: 9780061349157.

Ernest Hemingway is quoted in this book as saying "All thinking men are atheists." Interesting, since a Newsweek poll revealed that only three percent of respondents called themselves atheists and only thirty percent said they would ever vote for an atheist. Based on this statistic, it might be falsely concluded that the USA is mainly run by nonthinking theists.

Nevertheless, while books on theism far outnumber books on atheism, recently atheists have produced some bestsellers. These include books by Richard Dawkins (The God Delusion), Sam Harris (The End of Faith; Letter to a Christian Nation), and Christopher Hitchens (God Is Not Great). Daniel C. Dennett has argued that religion is a fit subject for scrutiny (Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon).

Konner has conceived and edited a book of quotations from a variety of sources which question the wisdom of religion and faith in God. Quoted are philosophers, political thinkers, writers, scientists, and humorists. For good measure, she even includes some quotes from the Holy Bible (falsely attributing Hebrews to Paul). The quotes are divided into thirty-three chapters. The three that might interest readers of PSCF are "The Book of Reason," "Scientosophy," and "Book of Truth."

These books and thoughts have been analyzed by a variety of apologists and theodists. Perhaps one of the most well known is Alister McGrath who has written two books which evaluate Dawkins' thoughts (Dawkins' God; The Dawkins Delusion?). If you appreciate mental gymnastics, The Atheist's Bible may provide some mental morsels with which to combat!

Reviewed by Richard Ruble, John Brown University, Siloam Springs, AR 72761.
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Author:Ruble, Richard
Publication:Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith
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Date:Mar 1, 2008
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