Friendly Atheist Podcast Episode 26: Steve Wells, Author of the Skeptics Annotated Bible and Strange Flesh
In an article for Publishers Weekly, Henry L. Carrigan Jr. rounds up some of the recent/upcoming books about atheism with a sweeping (and welcome) summary: They represent a “shift from argument to lifestyle.”
In other words, they spend less time arguing that God doesn’t exist — the focus of the New Atheists’ bestsellers — and more time explaining what to do after you no longer believe in a Higher Power:
Christopher Hitchens memorably wrote about why God Is Not Great. Now, John W. Loftus has compiled a new anthology building off of that premise and showing us why faith is far from a virtue.
In his book, Christianity Is Not Great: How Faith Fails, Loftus and a panel of experts (including Peter Boghossian, Victor J. Stenger, and Annie Laurie Gaylor) write about why the problem with religion isn’t just a fringe group of believers, but faith itself.
In the excerpt below, Loftus answers the question: “Is Christianity beneficial or harmful to society?”
Novelist Salman Rushdie picked up another major literary award (the PEN Pinter Prize) the other day and minced no words about the Islamist ideology that has literally threatened his life for the last quarter-century.
It’s pretty brave, if you ask me. The death threats are ongoing, and yet Rushdie appears in public and speaks out.
Rushdie voiced his fears that the language of “jihadi-cool” is seducing young British Muslims, many via Twitter and YouTube, into joining the “decapitating barbarianism” of Isil, the group also referred to as Islamic State or Isis. …
Rushdie defined “jihadi-cool” as “the deformed medievalist language of fanaticism, backed up by modern weaponry,” saying: “It’s hard not to conclude that this hate-filled religious rhetoric, pouring from the mouths of ruthless fanatics into the ears of angry young men, has become the most dangerous new weapon in the world today.”