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Official release October 2012

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.

Also available for Kindle and Nook


“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

“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

“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

Read more on Greta Christina’s blog including an interview on June 20th, 2012

Written By: Greta Christina
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25 COMMENTS

  1. Congrats to Greta Christina on her new book.  It sounds like an interesting read.

    One reason I’m angry as an atheist is because of movies like Prometheus — which I just saw earlier tonight.  I mean, all that great science-fiction, all those great special effects, and what is the theme that is carried the entire way through?  A Christian cross, worn around the main character’s neck.  She’s encountered creatures and technology beyond her imagination, yet at the end of the movie she faithfully recovers her precious widdle religious talisman, and zooms away on an alien spaceship with a male android, ostensibly in search of the biblical sky-Daddy who encourages Earthlings to celebrate his son’s blood sacrifice by eating his flesh in the form of a cracker.

    I suppose Ridley Scott and Hollywood had to cater to the religious dumb-asses to recover their productions costs.  But still.  Talk about accommodationism on a galactic scale!

  2. Haha: the book I really want to read is: “Why All About Meme is So Angry!”

    But you’re right, AAM; it’s a shame that, as you said, they had to spoil the movie (Prometheus — which I have not yet watched) by apparently kowtowing to the religious. I felt the same way at the end of The Tree of Life — what with all the “heavenly scenes” at the end. Ruined to whole movie for me.

    Well done to Christina on the new book, btw!

  3. Interesting fact: In November 1939, the Pope sent Hitler a telegram, congatulating him on surviving an assassination attempt.

    Source: “All Hell Let Loose” by the Military Historian, Max Hastings.

    Now, that knowledge kind of makes me angry don’t you know.

    Another nail in the myth of Hitler’s non belief; once a Catholic alwaya a Catholic.

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  5.  I agree, Prometheus was horrifyingly idiotic, it made me cringe to watch all that pandering to superstition and the scientists themselves act like complete idiots and some are outright mentally unstable.

    Have you ever seen scientists like that in real life? Now consider how much filtering would be done for that particular mission, Prometheus is fundamentally anti-science.

  6. just a note – the link that goes to Greta Christina’s blog at the end of the article is not working right now. There is some issue on the Freethought Blogs site that I’m sure they are busy trying to correct. You can’t get to her blog via any link  you see in Google right now. The html in the article post on this site is correct.

  7. It doesn’t take an atheist to be a scientist. Not all scientists are objective and purposeful. From a story perspective, you can dissect it all you want and I don’t feel Shaw was as compelling of a character as Ripley from Alien(s), but that’s another issue entirely. The fact of the matter is religious people do exist, and sometimes they do allow their superstitions to drive their hypothesis and then attempt to use science to prove it. 

  8. One reason I’m angry as an atheist is because of movies like Prometheus
    — which I just saw earlier tonight.  I mean, all that great
    science-fiction, all those great special effects, and what is the theme
    that is carried the entire way through?  A Christian cross, worn around the main character’s neck. 
    She’s encountered creatures and technology beyond her imagination, yet
    at the end of the movie she faithfully recovers her precious widdle
    religious talisman, and zooms away on an alien spaceship with a male
    android, ostensibly in search of the biblical sky-Daddy

    The anti Darwinian theme of aliens creating man in the not too distant past is silly an irritating.  It could have been scientifically more credible as contamination – panspermia billions of years earlier.  However the mission being privately sponsored by an old religinut could account for shortcomings in the crew.

    suppose Ridley Scott and Hollywood had to cater to
    the religious dumb-asses to recover their productions costs.

    They can’t have recovered much from us!  When my wife and I watched it, the sound system broke down.  The manger gave us free tickets for any other showing, as an apology for the interruption, and when it was not fixed after 20 minutes, refunded our money at the desk!  They had just done so, when they managed to fix the problem, so we were invited back in to see the end of the film!  -  I can’t really complain!

    But
    still.  Talk about accommodationism on a galactic scale!

    - Rather unnecessarily anti-scientific for a science-fiction sequel – with the usual parasitic alien twist at the end!

  9. If I was facing the wrath of a brutal flesh eating Alien who wants to pop out of my gut, then too damn right I’d be thinking about God and also where is my flame thrower. I wouldn’t be thinking about the the bloody Higgs Bosum particle. Can’t say I’m taken with the image of the radical femiloon hag on the front cover. Have just struggled my way through God is not Great, so I will give this one a try at a later date.

  10. I’d be thinking about God and also where is my flame thrower.

    Practice with a Bic lighter set on high – you’re obviously not qualified for a real flame-thrower yet.

    Can’t say I’m taken with the image of the radical femiloon hag on the front cover.

    Perhaps this video is more to your liking.

  11. I thought Jesus was the one with the flame thrower? Any good carpenter would surely have at least a portable blowtorch among his tools!

    Theological poser: Is Jesus’s hell hotter than Allah’s?

  12. I my self am a atheist,but what i find strange is when people turn everything in history into some kind of club,i enjoy being an individual thinker,but from my own history what ever my views on religion are, religious people try to shut me down and i cant get a word in. 

  13. I got the book, through RDFRS, in mid-October, and it is good, worth reading.  The female, gay, married, USA, atheist,  point of view in book form is rare, and needed.  The arguments aren’t new, but the perspective is different to this Scottish hetro divorced retired male.  Well written, good value, and fills a gap in my library of secularist, humanist, atheist, science & reason.
     

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