Red Neck, Blue Collar, Atheist: Simple Thoughts About Reason, Gods & Faith [NOOK Book]

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Red Neck, Blue Collar, Atheist - Simple Thoughts About Reason, Gods and Faith follows in the footsteps of recent best-sellers such as Christopher Hitchens' God is Not Great, Richard Dawkins' The God Delusion, and Sam Harris' The End of Faith.

Whereas Dawkins, Hitchens and Harris have written mainly about the rational basis, the WHY of atheism, this book looks at the HOW - how it feels, how it works, from the inside. Coming from a writer who ...
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Overview

Red Neck, Blue Collar, Atheist - Simple Thoughts About Reason, Gods and Faith follows in the footsteps of recent best-sellers such as Christopher Hitchens' God is Not Great, Richard Dawkins' The God Delusion, and Sam Harris' The End of Faith.

Whereas Dawkins, Hitchens and Harris have written mainly about the rational basis, the WHY of atheism, this book looks at the HOW - how it feels, how it works, from the inside. Coming from a writer who grew up in Texas and worked as a real cowboy and draft horse teamster (the cover picture even shows the author riding a bull!), as well as a carpenter, roofer and truck driver, the book is based on decades of examining the process in his own mind as he moved from Christianity to atheism. Putting it simply, here are some of the things an atheist might think, and the way he or she might think them.

More than once called a master of metaphor in the blogosphere, author Hank Fox tackles the subject of atheism with subtle humor and a friendly, informal tone, in two dozen chapters with names like Sundae Worship, The Parable of the M&Ms, Batman Almighty, The Wellspring of the Gods, Sucking Up to the Virgin Mary, The Evidence of True Things, The Headwaters of Reality, Hello Mr. Death, and Saying Goodbye to Gods.

Largely aimed at young adults, especially those from religious backgrounds and new to thinking about atheism and freethought, this book will also provide ammunition for those of a more intellectual bent faced with the necessity of explaining atheism in simple terms to friends and relatives.

Best of all, the book focuses not just on the negatives of religion, but on the positives of atheism - the freedom and mental clarity for individuals, but also the hopeful future for our entire world as we proceed with a social revolution already in progress.
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Editorial Reviews

A Rational Reader
An easy, enjoyable read filled with practical wisdom and fresh metaphors that examine and explain a key dilemma of our age: the need to be rational in the face of religious fervor. Fox writes clearly and sincerely, with a sense of humor and many original ideas to add to the canon of recent god-free writing, such as that by Sam Harris and Richard Dawkins. He joins them in encouraging any and all rational beings to free themselves from the shackles of "goddiness." Highly recommended.
B. Centre
This book's real value is in its ability to communicate directly to the believer; specifically, those who are on the fence and struggling with coming to terms with the conflict between 21st century reality, logic and self reliance and the fantasy world inflicted on him/her at an early age by well meaning parents and clergy.

Giving this book to a Christian friend in such conflict may be the biggest favor you ever do for them.
Greta Christina
For anyone — believer or atheist — who thinks atheism is only for a formally educated elite because the hoi polloi ‘need’ religion, this book is absolutely mandatory. Knock that idea out of your head right now — Hank Fox is as passionate and unapologetic about his atheism as Richard Dawkins. And his writing is smart, clear, straightforward, and often drop-dead funny. Red Neck, Blue Collar, Atheist is a pleasure and a page-turner.
Mike The Infidel
Hank Fox doesn't waste time nitpicking the finer details of complicated theology. He gets right to the point, telling everyone that no matter how much his followers discuss the finer points of the embroidery on his robes, the emperor really is naked after all. His writing is accessible, blunt, and honest, and will resonate strongly with anyone who has ever had their doubts about the big guy in the sky.
Milton Anglin
This is a easy read, full of common sense opinions and explanations about religion, morality and faith. I have read Dawkins, Hitchens, Harris and others. Hank Fox doesn't try to talk over your head. He tells it in plain concise terms. It is like talking to a brother or friend. Whether you are a confirmed atheist, like I am, on the fence or just curious I highly recommend this book. You might find yourself sleeping in on Sundays. It could change your life.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012417336
  • Publisher: Hank Fox Books
  • Publication date: 5/18/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 279
  • Sales rank: 1,037,699
  • File size: 635 KB

Meet the Author

A former draft horse teamster and cowboy, Hank Fox has been kicked, stepped on, knocked down, bitten, and bucked off by horses. (Fortunately, there were those other times when he got along with horses just fine, and even stayed in the saddle.) Growing up in Texas with a bunch of rodeo cowboys and rednecks, roping calves and quarter horses, his early blue collar work history included driving a dump truck and soda delivery truck, pounding nails as a carpenter, and work as a roofer and roofing company foreman. Later he served as a mule packer, ranch hand and wilderness horseback ride guide in California's Sierra Nevada mountains. He also drove hay wagons and sleighs professionally for 8 years.

Older now, he does a lot of his work indoors – but can still saddle a horse and find his way in the wilderness, hitch up a team and get a wagon safely there and back, work cattle in the chute, hook up a two-horse trailer and tow it down the highway, and probably even diamond-hitch a pack on a mule for a wilderness trip.

Raised in a household with a Jehovah's Witness father, a Southern Baptist mom and, later, a born-again Christian stepfather, he started to have doubts about religion by the time he was 13. It took him 20 years to figure it all out, but he ended being a confirmed atheist, and later even an antitheist — which he describes as, "Not only do I not believe in supernatural superbeings, but I don't think you should either."

A lifelong writer and journal-keeper, he started jotting down his thoughts and ideas on religion and atheism in private, later graduated to blogging, and eventually began to imagine writing a book on the subject. That book became "Red Neck, Blue Collar, Atheist: Simple Thoughts About Reason, Gods & Faith."

Today he lives on what was once a farm and egg ranch in Upstate New York, only a short walk from a clear stream, with red foxes, wild turkeys and deer for neighbors. He makes his living through writing and, still true to his blue collar roots, annoyingly menial work in a supermarket bakery.
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