What should I call my book?

A couple weeks ago, I got this comment on one of the posts in my beta testing a book series:

I’m really late to the discussion, but there are a few things if you’re still working on brushing things up, there just a couple of things. You title is not as compelling (certainly not to me as a potential Christian reader) as Then End of FaithThe God Delusion or God is not Great, so if was looking for critical books, yours wouldn’t be near the front of the line.

This may or may not be an idiosyncratic response, but I’ll throw the question open anyways: what should I call my book? One alternative title I rather like is “Atheism Wins,” with perhaps a subtitle something like “The rise of popular atheism and how religion lost the argument.” What do you think?

  • Gordon

    Atheism Wins is a pretty cool title.

    • JB

      How about, “My Struggle”.

  • Darren

    “Smite this Book! – how Atheism disproves every reason you have ever heard to believe in any God, ever.”


    “Everything you always wanted to know about God – but never got to ask because he doesn’t exist”


    “George Burns: 1
    God: 0”


    “Fairies, Unicorns, Leprachauns, UFO’s, the Loch Ness Monster, and God”

    Not sure if any of these are any good at all, but in the spirit of brainstorming I will put them up anyways.

    • Chris Hallquist

      “Smite this Book!” might actually work.

  • Reginald Selkirk

    50 Shades of Black and White: why arguments for God fail

    • Chris Hallquist


      • Reginald Selkirk

        My bad. I see someone already used that title for a Christian book.

    • Annatar

      Hahahaha….that’s pretty funny.

  • Reginald Selkirk

    “God Sucks”

  • Reginald Selkirk

    “The Hand of One Sound Clapping”

  • Reginald Selkirk

    “Gnu atheism”

  • Tony

    1. “No, You Don’t Have a Personal Relationship With Jesus!”
    2. “Afraid of the Light: Why Christianity Must Retreat Into the Darkness of Faith”
    3. “Grotesque Gospels: Why Even Symbolic Vampirism and Cannibalism are Disturbing”
    4. “The Incredible Gospels” (a title which may be alluring to believers, in which ‘incredible’ is meant literally, as in ‘not credible’)
    5. “The Miracle of Disbelief: Taking Polyatheisms One God Further”
    6. “Jesus Doesn’t Want You To Read This Book!”

    • Tony

      7. “The Arrogance of Faith: [insert suitably clever subtitle]“

      • Tony

        8. “The Apostate’s Creed” ?

        • http://www.smidoz.wordpress.com smidoz

          This is a clever title, but would probably be better for a book along the lines of Harris’ The Moral Landscape. Most of your others wouldn’t grab a Christian audience, and I think that Chris, and the rest of you, want Christains to read books like this. 6 is quite probably the worst, since Christians don’t want to do things that Jesus doesn’t want them to do. 4 will probably get Christain readers, but they’ll feel feel cheated fter reading the introduction, and probably won’t read much further.

          • Tony

            smidoz: I’m just having a bit of fun, really.

  • http://www.skepticink.com/humesapprentice Ryan

    “Atheism Wins” is short, sweet, and brimming with confidence. I’d go with it.

    • Tony

      I like it too, but is a play on Rob Bell’s title really worth it? Especially since Bell wasn’t addressing atheists? idk, I’m conflicted.

  • Frank Marrero

    “The Triumph of Atheism”
    “The Superiority of Arguments for Atheism”

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  • http://www.smidoz.wordpress.com smidoz

    Sorry about the poor sentence structure and typo. The subtitle it good, but the Angry Atheists bit is what got to me. It’s 2am here in South Africa, and I can’t sleep, so I’ll have to give it some more thought. But something like Faith is a Fair target seems to capture the subtitle (which I think probably expresses your intention) would say more about what you’re getting at than Angry Atheists, which seems to just affirm what many Christaina already think of atheists, that they’re just blinded by anger becuase they don’t like the idea of God. This is true, but Christians see the idea of God and God as the same thing, so they’re just going to see you as someone who just confirms what they don’t like about atheism and they’ll move on. I haven’t read enough to know if I agree with your reasons as to why the backlash is silly, but the backlash itself is silly. Smite this Book sounds cool, but seems to endrorse the backlash. For me, the most compelling title in the New Atheist library is God is not Great, I unfortunately haven’t bought a copy yet, still busy with The God Delusion which was sick of having quoted to me and not knowing what it really said. With this in thought Faith is not great, which gives some credit to Hitchens’ role in the movement, without adding him to the title, springs to mind. Maybe not as powerful as his title, but it does make one think, “why is he saying this?” Obviously this lacks some originality.

    • Chris Hallquist

      Your thoughts on “Atheism Wins”?

      • http://www.smidoz.wordpress.com smidoz

        It seems a bit closed ended for the subtitile, which I read the bsacklash being Bible belt type rage against these people which kills dialogue, and even worse thinking among Christians. Perhaps you meant that the counteraguments were silly, but I’d need to read more to see. Obviously the intention would be to show that Atheism wins, so it’s nice and honest. Taking the Angryy out definitely helps. Atheism Wins on your subtitle would create enough in my mind that it might buy it (on Kindle, I’n sick of piles of books around the place), but I’m unsure about how other Christians would respond, they mayu just feel it’s agrogant. If it isn’t urgent, I’m sure everybody here has Christians friends, see what they say about it.

  • http://oldtimeatheism.blogspot.ca/ andyman

    Sounds triumphant… Although misleading. If by “winning” you mean “became the major intellectual opinion”, than atheism won a while ago.

    BTW: I think “Southpark and philosophy” already called one of their chapters “smite this book”.

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