The Irrational Atheist: Dissecting the Unholy Trinity of Dawkins, Harris, And Hitchens

The Irrational Atheist: Dissecting the Unholy Trinity of Dawkins, Harris, And Hitchens

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by Vox Day
     
 

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In The Irrational Atheist Vox Day, writer, columnist and software designer, challenges three authors, Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens, on their own ground—reason itself. Day argues persuasively that Dawkins, Harris and Hitchens employ false assertions and faulty reasoning throughout their works. From the assertion that religion drives wars

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In The Irrational Atheist Vox Day, writer, columnist and software designer, challenges three authors, Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens, on their own ground—reason itself. Day argues persuasively that Dawkins, Harris and Hitchens employ false assertions and faulty reasoning throughout their works. From the assertion that religion drives wars to the analysis showing blue states are more moral than red states, Day, in this rigorously documented work, dissects the false conclusions and shows exactly why they are wrong. The Irrational Atheist does not argue from a religious or Biblical perspective—its arguments are purely based on hard factual data and careful reasoning.

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Whether you embrace Day's theology or toss it, there is no avoiding the cumulative force of [his] counterassaults or the sting of his wit when it comes to the true focus of the book-atheism's continuing love affair with nonsense.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781935251347
Publisher:
BenBella Books, Inc.
Publication date:
02/01/2008
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
653,243
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author


Vox Day is a game design expert and libertarian opinion columnist. He left the frozen tundra of Minnesota for the sunny shores of the Mediterranean more than a decade ago, speaks three languages, and is a member of the SFWA, IGDA, and Mensa.

He is the author of numerous games, books, and graphic novels in the science fiction genres and is the inventor of the WarMouse™. For more information about Vox Day, join the spirited discussion that takes place daily at his blog, Vox Popoli, at voxday.blogspot.com.

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Irrational Atheist: Dissecting the Unholy Trinity of Dawkins, Harris, and Hitchens 2.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
ArthurW More than 1 year ago
For someone who says he is rational and will use reason to make his points, I find his use of ridicule offensive and his stooping to making fun of someone who he disagrees with also offensive. This book will not help in bringing a fair and balance argument to this discussion. All he will accomplish is to make atheists dig in and become defensive about their position and he will be playing to the arrogance of the theists and their feelings of superiority to everyone else. I feel that I need to put on waders to wade through the muck that is in this book. The basis of this rant is the same old dribble that has been around forever. He has an agenda that he will push onto everyone because he is right and everyone must acknowledge this or burn in hell (an imaginary place). His interpretation of the facts and of history is biased and slanted to his own ends. I give it a negative of 5 stars (-5).
Guest More than 1 year ago
Another author seeking to sell a few copies of a poorly written/poorly reasoned book to die hard Christians across the nation in search of a reassuring pat on the back and someone who will tell them that they're not crazy. Awful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is not a perfect book. It could have done without much of the crassness and derogation which, from reading his site, seems to be a weakness of Day's. It IS well-researched, and (when it's not veering into ad hominem) presents solid, logical arguments. His critiques of Dawkins, et al., are at points devastating (e.g., turning Hitchens' Razor against Hitchens himself). Are his arguments irrefutable? Occasionally. Will they convince any atheists? Unlikely. What I hope the book will accomplish is to raise the dialogue bar and the takeaway will be that atheists need a better class of apologist. 3.5 stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think you can tell who falls into which camp by reading the reviews. But I consider myself a man of science (and a man of God) and Vox Day has put together a wonderful book full of well conducted research, and even, some science. In fact I believe its this book that singlehandedly dispelled the notion of the religion caused war. The atheist could deny that, but then he would be denying fact based science....talk about irony. I guess science isn't as important when it doesn't support your argument. To the book, its a very easy read as Vox has a knack for breaking down complex ideas. I find the humor rather funny, but then again i'm not at it's receiving end. Those complaining about his crass humor and giving it 1 star are right, he is very blunt and doesn't hesitate to talk down to his opponents. If you are an atheist its very off putting, but as a theist you want to give him a high five. Normally I would knock a star off for that, but atheists are notoriously pretentious, (a monopoly on science for example) so I find it adds to the humor even more. If you are a theist, just buy it. If you are an atheist, I would recommend it in order to develop a better defense against the more well read theists out there, at least you will know their arguments ahead of time. Easy five stars.
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The review says "The Irrational Atheist does not argue from a religious or Biblical perspective—its arguments are purely based on hard factual data and careful reasoning." The cover says "Dissecting the Unholy Trinity of Dawkins, Harris, and Hitchens". But they claim NOT to be arguing from a Biblical perspective! Using Biblical metaphors don't support that claim. This book would have been better if it had remained a tree.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book from Vox Day was a joy to read. Heavy on the history, statistics, and humour. It was light on theology for a book that is not quite on the side of atheism, and I think that that will please most readers on both sides of the argument. The book was very clearly written. It was to the point and explicit. The reader will not have to spend time reconstructing arguments they think they might have a problem with- the arguments are given in a clear and logical form already. If you are interested in the existence of God (on either side, so to speak), then I reccomend you read this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As usual, a book defending religion fails because religion and logic are mutually exclusive. Using the Bible as an argument for god makes as much sense as using Christmas as an argument for Santa.
whataboutthekurds More than 1 year ago
Seeing the books that people who got this book also got, all the same fundamentalist, biblical claptrap, I know this will not be rational, and comes from a "faith" supporter. One who "knows" what isn't there. But I will read the sample. I will not spend money to support something I consider to be the asteroid of our demise. Religion
Guest More than 1 year ago
This writer has thrown the gauntlet. Illogical rants and circular logic will no longer be acceptable. This book extensively footnoted, will be hard to refute. The gentlemen named will need to do some serious damage control. From my perspective the new atheist would have been better served had they remained under the radar, as it were. By writing a series of attacks on Christians they have gotten the serious beat down they so well deserved.