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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Pantheon Books (13 Aug. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307379345
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307379344
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 2.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 803,560 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Praise for PZ Myers' "The Happy Atheist
"
"Brilliantly designed and executed to entertain and enlighten. . . . This is a very entertaining and thought-provoking book."
--"Booklist"
"Punchy. . . . Written in accessible, informal style, [Myers] lashes out at the Catholic Church for its sexual-abuse scandals, at the faulty science employed by anti-abortion activists, and at proponents of intelligent design. . . . Myers is able to deftly present serious scientific and philosophical counterarguments to belief in God, but he also acknowledges the necessity of humor--of fighting fire with fire: after all, 'religions sure to promote some goofy stuff.' Effectively kick[s] the legs out from beneath the wobbly logic that undergirds religious thought."
--"Publishers Weekly"
"PZ Myers sets himself apart from the rest of the New Atheist authors by talking, not just about the bigger picture of God, but about religion as all of us experience it on a daily basis. Yes, he tackles the philosophers and theologians, but he also reserves energy to take on casual believers and the myths we come across every day. Nothing--not Communion, not the Holy Spirit, not even death--is too sacred to dissect. And that's what he does, dismantling religious cliches with ease, making you reconsider all those ideas you grew up with (and may still hold). If you're still religious after reading this book, you didn't read it carefully enough."
--Hemant Mehta, author of "The Young Atheist's Survival Guide" and blogger at FriendlyAtheist.com
"With a style that blends confrontation, humor, irreverence, and common sense, PZ Myers has become an important voice for America's growing nonreligious demographic. "The Happy Atheist" is quintessential Myers--ridiculing absurdities, exposing contradictions, rejecting claims of authority, and reminding readers that religious dogmatism too often obstructs reason and critical thinking."
--David Niose, Author of "Nonbeliever Nation: b

"Presents plenty of interesting ideas and arguments . . . a punchy and provocative read."
--"Washington Independent Review of Books"
"Brilliantly designed and executed to entertain and enlighten. . . . This is a very entertaining and thought-provoking book."
--"Booklist"
"Punchy. . . . Written in accessible, informal style, [Myers] lashes out at the Catholic Church for its sexual-abuse scandals, at the faulty science employed by anti-abortion activists, and at proponents of intelligent design. . . . Myers is able to deftly present serious scientific and philosophical counterarguments to belief in God, but he also acknowledges the necessity of humor--of fighting fire with fire: after all, 'religions sure do promote some goofy stuff.' Effectively kick[s] the legs out from beneath the wobbly logic that undergirds religious thought."
--"Publishers Weekly"
"PZ Myers sets himself apart from the rest of the New Atheist authors by talking, not just about the bigger picture of God, but about religion as all of us experience it on a daily basis. Yes, he tackles the philosophers and theologians, but he also reserves energy to take on casual believers and the myths we come across every day. Nothing--not Communion, not the Holy Spirit, not even death--is too sacred to dissect. And that's what he does, dismantling religious clichEs with ease, making you reconsider all those ideas you grew up with (and may still hold). If you're still religious after reading this book, you didn't read it carefully enough."
--Hemant Mehta, author of "The Young Atheist's Survival Guide" and blogger at FriendlyAtheist.com
"With a style that blends confrontation, humor, irreverence, and common sense, PZ Myers has become an important voice for America's growing nonreligious demographic. "The Happy Atheist" is quintessential Myers--ridiculing absurdities, exposing contradictions, rejecting claims of authority, and reminding readers that religious dogmatism too often obstructs reason and critical thinking."
--David Niose, Author of "Nonbeliever Nation: The Rise of Secular Americans" and President of the Secular Coalition for America
"PZ Myers is well known as an angry man in the land of 140-characters and blogs where he made his name. That anger is also here in this book, and it's always a righteous anger. But PZ Myers is also a happy man, amused as well as bemused by religious follies."
--Andrew Copson, Chief Executive, British Humanist Association

Presents plenty of interesting ideas and arguments . . . a punchy and provocative read.
"Washington Independent Review of Books"
Brilliantly designed and executed to entertain and enlighten. . . . This is a very entertaining and thought-provoking book.
"Booklist"
Punchy. . . . Written in accessible, informal style, [Myers] lashes out at the Catholic Church for its sexual-abuse scandals, at the faulty science employed by anti-abortion activists, and at proponents of intelligent design. . . . Myers is able to deftly present serious scientific and philosophical counterarguments to belief in God, but he also acknowledges the necessity of humor of fighting fire with fire: after all, religions sure do promote some goofy stuff. Effectively kick[s] the legs out from beneath the wobbly logic that undergirds religious thought.
"Publishers Weekly"
PZ Myers sets himself apart from the rest of the New Atheist authors by talking, not just about the bigger picture of God, but about religion as all of us experience it on a daily basis. Yes, he tackles the philosophers and theologians, but he also reserves energy to take on casual believers and the myths we come across every day. Nothing not Communion, not the Holy Spirit, not even death is too sacred to dissect. And that s what he does, dismantling religious cliches with ease, making you reconsider all those ideas you grew up with (and may still hold). If you re still religious after reading this book, you didn t read it carefully enough."
Hemant Mehta, author of "The Young Atheist s Survival Guide" and blogger at FriendlyAtheist.com
With a style that blends confrontation, humor, irreverence, and common sense, PZ Myers has become an important voice for America s growing nonreligious demographic. "The Happy Atheist" is quintessential Myers ridiculing absurdities, exposing contradictions, rejecting claims of authority, and reminding readers that religious dogmatism too often obstructs reason and critical thinking.
David Niose, Author of "Nonbeliever Nation: The Rise of Secular Americans" and President of the Secular Coalition for America
PZ Myers is well known as an angry man in the land of 140-characters and blogs where he made his name. That anger is also here in this book, and it's always a righteous anger. But PZ Myers is also a happy man, amused as well as bemused by religious follies.
Andrew Copson, Chief Executive, British Humanist Association" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

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. His blog, "Pharyngula," was named the Best Expert Blog by the Koufax Awards in 2005 and the Best Science Blog by the Weblog Awards in 2006. In 2006, the journal "Nature" listed "Pharyngula" as the top-ranked blog by a scientist." --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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