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There have been journalists who, despite a lack of academic training, have addressed religious topics with wit and insight. One thinks of H.L. Mencken among the infidels or G.K. Chesterton among the faithful. Haught (editor, Charleston Gazette; 2000 Years of Disbelief: Famous People with the Courage To Doubt) isn't one of them. In this collection of previously published editorials and magazine articles, he attempts to further the spread of secularism in American society. Haught has voiced his protests untold times before, and here, he doesn't give them any new formulation or defense that would warrant their being issued yet again. Another problem is that, for someone who praises the open-minded methodology of science, Haught seems uninterested in even considering how believers might respond to his arguments. Hence, one of his favorite rhetorical strategies is the litany—lists of evils perpetrated by religious believers, lists of famous atheists in history, lists of outré supernatural beliefs—a cloud of facts expelled like squid ink in order to camouflage the vulnerability of his position. Not recommended.