The Happy Atheist by PZ Myers

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Particularly scathing is his dismissal of Christianity as a fundamentally misogynist, patriarchal system...Myers is able to deftly present serious scientific and philosophical counterarguments to belief in God
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“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.
 

About PZ Myers

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PZ Myers is a professor of biology at the University of Minnesota, Morris. He was named Humanist of the Year in 2009 by the American Humanist Association and received the International Humanist Award in 2011 from the International Humanist and Ethical Union. He has lectured throughout the world on biology, evolution, atheism, and skepticism. Awards Pharyngula has received include the 2006 Weblog Award for Best Science Blog and the 2005 Koufax Award for Best Expert Blog. In 2006, the journal Nature listed Pharyngula as the top-ranked blog by a scientist.


Author Residence: Morris, MN
 
Published August 13, 2013 by Vintage. 210 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Science & Math, Professional & Technical, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Below average
on Jul 10 2013

The points Myers makes about religion have been made before, and the humor to which he pays lip service rarely lightens the repetitive load. Unlikely to change a single mind or cause even the slightest shift in perspective.

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Publishers Weekly

Above average
on Jun 03 2013

Particularly scathing is his dismissal of Christianity as a fundamentally misogynist, patriarchal system...Myers is able to deftly present serious scientific and philosophical counterarguments to belief in God

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