Who’s Who in Hell

I was assisting one of the librarians at Butler University with evaluating the reference books in religion, when I came across this volume:
There’s actually a book Who’s Who in Hell? One that covers not only the deceased but also people who are still alive? I quickly opened it to look up under McGrath – and am pleased to be able to provide photographic evidence that I am not in there!
In case you can’t see the title on the cover, the full title is actually Who’s Who in Hell: A Handbook and International Directory for Humanists, Freethinkers, Naturalists, Rationalists, and Non-Theists. It is a clever title!


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  • SoWhat78

    Don’t worry, James. I’m sure Ken Ham and his followers will make sure you are in the updated edition of this work. :-)

  • Stephen Snead

    Now, I’m not an atheist or a fundi anything. But, this reminds me of something. I have an old friend. He was not raised “in the church” but became a fire and brimstone “preacher.” I was raised “in the church” and became a fire and brimstone agnostic or as I say a Christian Agnostic. Anyway, the “god” that my friend now “preaches.” is a ill tempered, stick up his butt character that I’m not sure I would want to spend an eternity groveling too. Makes the other place sound fun in comparison. Or at least the same damn thing. :-)

    • Stephen Snead

      I meant it makes “heaven” and hell sound like different versions of the same thing. Christian agnostic (to me) means I still hope in the reality of God with us, but have little faith in the dogma of my youth.

  • Sheila Warner

    This just proves the point that some publishers will publish anything. What a ridiculous book, whether or not you believe in hell. Who is this person who claims to “know”?

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/religionprof/ James F. McGrath

      The title is actually comical rather than serious. It is essentially an atheist directory, and so it is people that others might consign to hell, not ones that the editor or publisher actually thinks are going there, since they do not think that there is such a place.

      • Sheila Warner

        Thx for clearing that up. But you see how I feel about fundies that I thought it was from them!

        • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/religionprof/ James F. McGrath

          Well, one could easily envisage Westboro Baptist Church publishing a volume with this title, with the names of everyone but them in it. So it is an easy mistake to make! :-)

  • Rob

    I think people are misinterpreting the intention of the title. It’s not about judging who is in hell by a an overly zealous fundamentalist. It’s just a creative title that is equivalent to “Who’s who among freethinkers and atheists”.

  • Erp

    The whole things is apparently online.

    I found one error, Elizabeth Fry was a Quaker not a Unitarian. Also a good few of my relatives (by blood or marriage) made it.