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Why Are You Atheists So Angry? 99 Things That Piss Off the Godless [Kindle Edition]

Greta Christina
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Why are atheists angry?

Is it because they're selfish, joyless, lacking in meaning, and alienated from God?

Or is it because they have legitimate reasons to be angry -- and are ready to do something about it?

Armed with passionate outrage, absurdist humor, and calm intelligence, popular blogger Greta Christina makes a powerful case for outspoken atheist activism, and explains the empathy and justice that drive it.

This accessible, personal, down-to-earth book speaks not only to atheists, but to believers who want to understand the so-called "new atheism." "Why Are You Atheists So Angry?" drops a bombshell on the destructive force of religious faith -- and gives a voice to millions of angry atheists.

"Greta Christina's analysis of religion is acute and witty, and at the same time fair and compassionate. And I'm jealous: I sure wish I could write as well as she does."
-Alan Sokal, Professor of Physics, New York University

"Greta has done something truly impressive with this book: She explains in a calm, reasonable, and thoughtful way exactly why she's a pissed-off, angry atheist. She's not alone, though, and it's not only other atheists who will agree with her. In fact, I *dare* religious people to read this book and not come away furious at the often awful impact faith has had on the world, even if they don't believe they're responsible for it. I may be a "friendly atheist" online, but Greta definitely speaks for me in this book."
-Hemant Mehta, Friendly Atheist, author of I Sold My Soul on eBay

"If only more people could channel their anger into something so inspiring! Greta Christina has written the perfect book for anyone who wonders about the true impact of religious dogma on women's health, gay rights, science education, and the daily lives of those who have no faith. Her concluding chapter, which contains solid advice for how to make a positive change in the world, will ensure that you'll have an outlet for all that rage you'll build up by the end of the book. Trust me – you'll need it."
-Rebecca Watson,

"I found this book informative and enraging! Leave it to Greta to inform and elucidate like no other. I highly recommend this book to everyone, everywhere. And I hope never to get Greta angry at me. :)"
-David Silverman, President, American Atheists

"Greta Christina's book offers a passionately lucid explanation of the reasons for atheist anger and its connection to the energy behind all movements for social justice. It is both informative and inspiring."
-Ophelia Benson, Butterflies and Wheels

"They say if you're not angry, you're not paying attention. Well, Greta Christina is definitely paying attention -- and in this book, she delivers a clean, bracing blast of atheist anger, like a refreshing cool breeze in a stifling hothouse of faith, that offers compelling reasons why all rational people of conscience should oppose religion and the harm it does."
-Adam Lee, Daylight Atheism

"Greta Christina is one of the best writers on religion out there, period. I've been waiting for this book for a long time."
-Chris Hallquist, The Uncredible Hallq

"This just became my number-one book to recommend to all believers and new atheists alike. I thought the field of atheist literature was all just rehashing the same stuff by now. But this is an original, visceral, and ultimately complete defense of not just atheist outrage, but atheism itself. Greta sticks to the undeniable facts-on-the-ground and articulates it all correctly and well, heading off every possible rebuttal with brilliant economy. She never gets bogged down in abstract philosophy, yet still hits every key abstract point, leaving you by the end with no rational reason not to agree, and finally kick to the curb that useless old religion, or get off your bum and really do something for the cause."
-Dr. Richard Carrier, author of Sense and Goodness without God

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Accessible and brilliantly persuasive 12 Jun. 2012
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I'm really not an angry person, and I'm definitely of an academic mindset (Physics PhD., Computer Science postdoc). I fully expected this book not to appeal to my way of thinking at all, but I was completely wrong. I've read pretty much the works of the top atheist thinkers, both "popular atheism" works like those of Dawkins, Harris, Hitchens and also more scholarly philosophical or scientific critiques. I can honestly say that for pretty much all readers, Greta Christina's book is better than any of those. Way better.

OK, so it doesn't go into the depth of the scientific or philosophical arguments (though the arguments are definitely not shallow) but what it does do is explain to the 99% of human beings who don't care about the academic arguments, why they should still take the atheist viewpoint seriously. The argumentation is concise, readable and persuasive. The writing style is witty and passionate. The arguments are made relevant to all readers and explained in such a way that you are forced to take notice.

This book deserves to be much more widely read. I suggest that the recently bereaved Four Horsemen should seriously consider replacing their lost colleague with a Horsewoman. If that's even a word. And if it isn't then it should be.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
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Greta Christina is a US blogger & speaker on the subject of atheism. Her cogent & well reasoned comments have been the subject of a lot of criticsm from theists, views that often boil down to 'why are you so angry' when Greta states her view clearly. Greta points out that righeous anger is a force for change, and that supporters of womens rights, rights of ethnic minorities, or gay rights in the past used their anger to drive changes, changes that are now regarded as mainstream. Even saying one is an atheist is regarded as provocative & agressive by some.

Greta calmly talks through many of the statements made by the godly & why they can make her angry. Not just confined to the obvious, new age & alternative superstitions get the same review as more tradional religions. Quite a different tone from Dawkins or Hitch, not aggresive but assertive, highly readable, fascinating, and released on Kindle - who could ask for more. Had to fight with rest of family over who read it all first.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Step Inside An Atheist's Head 17 Dec. 2012
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For the most part, this book is a big list of adverse impacts religion has had on society and people. There's a small section midway through that sets out the basic reasons why atheists don't believe in a god, but for the most part this is about the negative effects of organised religion. It's an interesting enough quick read for an atheist (I'm one), as though it covers a lot of familiar ground, there are plenty of aspects you won't have thought about. You'll very likely end up more angry than you started, but hopefully in a constructive and proactive way.

However, I'd recommend this book mostly to people who are religious. We atheists already KNOW why you get angry at us. What I often encounter though, is religious people with no idea why atheists get so worked up about them. Why not live and let live, each to their own, everybody wrapped in their own belief system? Well, this book will put you inside an atheist's head for a little while, and if you're able to put yourself in their shoes for even a few moments, you'll at least understand why so many atheists are unwilling to stay quiet, even if you disagree. It might also give you some ammunition of your own. If you know the sort of things an atheist is thinking, you may be better equipped if you ever find yourself debating with one. Atheists spend a lot more time thinking about this stuff than believers do, which inevitably means they're usually very well informed. There's no reason why believers shouldn't be as well. A snappy read, uncomfortable in places, but in a challenging way.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Phew! What a scorcher! 30 Jun. 2012
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I'd strongly recommend this book to any religious person, or anybody sympathetic to religion, who wants to get an insight into what we atheists are on about. But be warned. You won't find it any easy read; in fact, although it's short book, if you are capable of reading it to the end (I mean reading every every word with full attention) then it will reflect considerable credit on you and on your ability to consider points of view which you regard as utterly wrong and mischievous. For example, you may not accept, or fully accept, Greta Christina's arguments that 'liberal' as well as 'hard line' religious people are a menace, but you will understand what the arguments actually are. (Actually, my guess is that few 'hard line' committed religious people will succeed in reading the book to the end; they will either throw it down, or start skip-reading it.)

By contrast, out-of-the-closet atheists will probably find the book an easy, and very entertaining, read - it had me laughing out loud several times. It summarises and slams home, very neatly and eloquently, all the standard arguments as deployed by Dennett, Dawkins, Harris, Hitchens ... and of course by previous generations of atheists.

I see that, so far, this book hasn't attracted any unfavourable reviews on Amazon, but I expect that, in due course, it will. And I predict that the theme of such reviews will be that Ms Christina is utterly ignorant of theology, philosophy, history, Biblical studies etc - 'Any first year theology student (or any intelligent sixth form student) will reject her crude, simplistic characterisation of religion ...
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5.0 out of 5 stars A tour de force
What a tour de force! Amusing, punchy and powerfully persuasive. This book puts into very articulate language what I have been thinking. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gem
I've read a lot of books by the famous atheist writers and they all have something to offer but this little book packs a real punch. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mr Milne
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent, reasonable and often funny read.
An excellent read. Perceptive and often funny, Greta puts things I have been thinking about for some time (and some I have never considered) into sharp relief. Read more
Published 7 months ago by M. Wagstaff
3.0 out of 5 stars A Plague On Both Their Houses.
Greta Christina takes a far less bellicose approach to religious belief than people such as Dawkins and Hitchens. It is well written,calm and logical. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Seeker
5.0 out of 5 stars synagogue all the time we could actually be doing something useful I...
I am angry because instead of us going to church, mosque, synagogue all the time we could actually be doing something useful
I am angry because instead of fighting all the... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Kirsty
4.0 out of 5 stars Boo to woo too
I only learnt a year or so ago (I'm forty-four) that Americans actually believe in God. I find this fascinating and perplexing and scary. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Natasha Holme
5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly fabulous, very clear and inspirational
This book is the finest book I have read to date on the topic of opposition to theistic concepts and the necessity for vocal atheism. Read more
Published 21 months ago by PETER LAMB
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone should read this
Greta Christina writes beautifully. Every sentence sings - deep and complex thought expressed with simplicity. She is amusing, pithy, warm, direct and damn right.
Published on 29 Mar. 2013 by Janice Haigh
3.0 out of 5 stars Angry about the evils of this world? We all are.
I am not an angry atheist. I am an atheist who has a great deal of respect for others' practices and beliefs, provided they don't expect me to share them. Read more
Published on 8 Feb. 2013 by D. Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars A call to anger
If you are an easy-going live and let live athiest then read this. Religion may now be past burning you as a heretic (in some countries), but this book may convince you that there... Read more
Published on 24 Oct. 2012 by Incarcerated cow
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