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This review is from: Quotable Atheist: Ammunition for Nonbelievers, Political Junkies, Gadflies and Those Generally Hell-bound (Paperback)An addition to my library that I will keep forever, here is a book that is both accessible and stimulating, that can either be read in a few [long] sittings or dipped into when you choose.
The breadth of contributors is immense and that they're so varied is what keeps the book fresh and vital. And there is real wisdom here, words from the wisest people who ever lived, you could say (but it's not all atheists speaking, it's sometimes the 'godly', hoisting themselves by their own petards, like the popes delicately sprinkled throughout the volume, revealing the tyranny of the Catholic Church).
My criticism would be that the author is too much of a lefty and assumes that leftyism equeals No God and right equals God. Well, speaking as someone from the [libertarian] right I am living proof that this is not always so. However, I do concede that in general, in history and in the USA especially, a good deal of freethinkers and secularlists have come from liberal backgrounds. So I do find myself increasingly at odds with fellow members of the right like Charles Moore, Quentin Letts and Peter Hitchens, who seem to support that bizarre fable called Christianity.
Anyway, this book is brilliant - order it now.