Two Quick Takes on Atheist Books

David Niose‘s new book Nonbeliever Nation: The Rise of Secular Americans gets a stamp of approval from trade publication Publishers Weekly. On their site, Niose explains “Why Secularism Is Good for the U.S.”:

Unlike previous generations, young people today are more likely to consider religious skepticism an important part of their personal identity, viewing open secularity as a way of expressly rejecting the agenda of the Christian right. There may be many ways of telling the world that you are appalled by right-wing attacks on birth control, environmental regulation, and education, but few do it more efficiently than the simple statement, “I’m an atheist.”

Meanwhile, Sam HarrisFree Will gets reviewed in the New York Times:

As literature, “Free Will” has some mild humor — “If I want to put a rabbit in this sentence, I am free to do so” — and some ringing pronouncements: “We are working directly with the forces of nature, for there is nothing but nature itself to work with.” But it is also generally prosaic, as most such intellectual treatises perforce tend to be. Harris often resorts to the thought-experimenters’ clichés of inventing examples that involve violence (shooting the president) or the quotidian (“I just drank a glass of water and feel absolutely at peace with the decision to do so”). But if you want to acquaint yourself with the chapbook basics of this essential argument, “Free Will” is a good, cogent and readable… um, choice.


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  • debbiedoesreality

    I’m an atheist.

  • Timothy Niedermann

    I am looking for feedback on a book I have written: The Words
    That Created God: An Atheist Reveals the True Meaning of the Ten
    Commandments.” The book is about the secular values the 10Cs represent and
    how the notion of a single God, rather than being their source, is in fact
    entirely dependent on certain secular values being firmly in place in society.
    A main point is that religious extremists, while claiming to represent God, in
    fact undermine the social stability that secular morality has created. There’s
    a lot more to it, despite this being a fairly short book, including a look at
    just why the 10Cs were written into the Bible in the first place (they weren’t
    there to start!). It’s a surprising story.

    There are free sample downloads of the first few chapters on
    Amazon, CreateSpace, Smashwords, and Goodreads. Thanks, Timothy Niedermann

  • http://annainca.blogspot.com/ Anna

    Sounds good! I’ve got Nonbeliever Nation on hold at the library.


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