George Ricker was an award-winning weekly newspaper reporter and editor. He was the author of Godless in America: conversations with an atheist and the creator of the companion web site Godless in America at www.godlessinamerica.com. A long time Florida resident, he was deceased on Aug. 10, 2009 and his ashes were scattered off the southeast coast of Florida.
Mere Atheismby George A Ricker
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George Ricker's latest book, mere atheism, no gods.no problem!, describes what he sees as the essence of atheism. In the title essay he writes, "Nothing about atheism prevents me from thinking about any idea. It is the very epitome of freethought. Atheism imposes no dogma and seeks no power over others."
Written with the same candor and conversational style that characterized his earlier work, this selection of material from the Godless in America web site ranges from rebuttals of criticisms of atheism, "Answering atheism's critics," to essays on science, "Genes don't care," and some hot-button issues, "A death in the life of a controversy," to reflections on the joy of sailing and the impact of the world outside on the world within in "Mockingbird."
The twenty-four essays cover a wide variety of subjects, and the collection concludes with the one-act play, "A last rite and some wrongs.with apologetics."
"Many people still cling to the notion of the village atheist, obsessed by gods and religions, bitter and lonely, living on the edge of town with no friends and no family willing to acknowledge the kinship," Ricker says. "I hope this book will help change that perception."
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