Peter Watson’s New Book Explores How Atheists ‘Have Sought to Live Since the Death of God’

Journalist and historian Peter Watson has written a lengthy, substantive book about atheism as it has played out over the past 150 years, covering the major players, promoters, and philosophers. It’s called The Age of Atheists: How We Have Sought to Live Since the Death of God and it’s available online beginning today.

In the excerpt below from the introduction to the book, Watson reminds us of the plight of Salman Rushdie and what modern atheism may still be missing:

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Indian Taliban? Hindu Group Forces Destruction of American Scholar’s ‘Blasphemous,’ ‘Offensive’ Book

A Hindu activist group in India that had brought a lawsuit against the publisher of an American scholar’s book is getting its way in a hair-raising settlement.

Penguin India, which had published Wendy Doniger‘s The Hindus: An Alternative History, has pledged in writing to stop selling the book and pulp all remaining copies. The political and religious group that forced the book’s removal and destruction charged that The Hindus was offensive and inaccurate and full of “sexual connotations.”

Neither Penguin nor Doniger have admitted to any gross mistakes or mischaracterizations.

Doniger is incensed about her Indian publisher’s capitulation, and issued a riot-act statement:

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Defining Atheism: An Excerpt from The Oxford Handbook of Atheism

The Oxford Handbook of Atheism is an extensive (and pricey) reference book, aimed at academics, covering the history of (western) atheism and describing the intersection of godlessness with various academic disciplines.

In the excerpt below, reprinted with permission of the publisher, editor Stephen Bullivant writes about defining atheism:

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The Bible: Now with 75% Less Bible

Suppose you want to read the Bible… but you don’t really want to read the Bible. It’s long. It has a few too many “begats.” You don’t want to get bogged down by unnecessary details.

William Pocock has a solution for that. He condensed the Bible down to the good stuff and wrote it plain English. It’s called Bobo’s Bible:

In the excerpt below, we learn about the trouble with Cain and Abel:

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Sam Harris Announces His Next Book; It’s About Spirituality Without Religion

He hinted at it more than a year and a half ago, so it’s about time that The End of Faith author Sam Harris announced his next book.

It’s called Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion (Simon & Schuster), it’ll be released this September, and it’s already available for pre-order.

I love the cover. When you zoom out, you can see the face…

… and when you zoom in, you can see a cloud giving the middle finger to God.

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