Why Are You Atheists So Angry? 99 Things That Piss Off the Godless

Why Are You Atheists So Angry? 99 Things That Piss Off the Godless

by Greta Christina

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Why Are You Atheists So Angry? 99 Things That Piss Off the Godless by Greta Christina

Why are atheists angry?

Is it because they're selfish, joyless, lacking in meaning, and alienated from God?

Or is it because they have legitimate reasons to be angry -- and are ready to do something about it?

Armed with passionate outrage, absurdist humor, and calm intelligence, popular blogger Greta Christina makes a powerful case for outspoken atheist activism, and explains the empathy and justice that drive it.

This accessible, personal, down-to-earth book speaks not only to atheists, but to believers who want to understand the so-called "new atheism." "Why Are You Atheists So Angry?" drops a bombshell on the destructive force of religious faith -- and gives a voice to millions of angry atheists.

"Greta Christina's analysis of religion is acute and witty, and at the same time fair and compassionate. And I'm jealous: I sure wish I could write as well as she does."
-Alan Sokal, Professor of Physics, New York University

"Greta has done something truly impressive with this book: She explains in a calm, reasonable, and thoughtful way exactly why she's a pissed-off, angry atheist. She's not alone, though, and it's not only other atheists who will agree with her. In fact, I *dare* religious people to read this book and not come away furious at the often awful impact faith has had on the world, even if they don't believe they're responsible for it. I may be a "friendly atheist" online, but Greta definitely speaks for me in this book."
-Hemant Mehta, Friendly Atheist, author of I Sold My Soul on eBay

"If only more people could channel their anger into something so inspiring! Greta Christina has written the perfect book for anyone who wonders about the true impact of religious dogma on women's health, gay rights, science education, and the daily lives of those who have no faith. Her concluding chapter, which contains solid advice for how to make a positive change in the world, will ensure that you'll have an outlet for all that rage you'll build up by the end of the book. Trust me � you'll need it."
-Rebecca Watson, Skepchick.org

"I found this book informative and enraging! Leave it to Greta to inform and elucidate like no other. I highly recommend this book to everyone, everywhere. And I hope never to get Greta angry at me. :)"
-David Silverman, President, American Atheists

"Greta Christina's book offers a passionately lucid explanation of the reasons for atheist anger and its connection to the energy behind all movements for social justice. It is both informative and inspiring."
-Ophelia Benson, Butterflies and Wheels

"They say if you're not angry, you're not paying attention. Well, Greta Christina is definitely paying attention -- and in this book, she delivers a clean, bracing blast of atheist anger, like a refreshing cool breeze in a stifling hothouse of faith, that offers compelling reasons why all rational people of conscience should oppose religion
and the harm it does."
-Adam Lee, Daylight Atheism

"Greta Christina is one of the best writers on religion out there, period. I've been waiting for this book for a long time."
-Chris Hallquist, The Uncredible Hallq

"This just became my number-one book to recommend to all believers and new atheists alike. I thought the field of atheist literature was all just rehashing the same stuff by now. But this is an original, visceral, and ultimately complete defense of not just atheist outrage, but atheism itself. Greta sticks to the undeniable facts-on-the-ground and articulates it all correctly and well, heading off every possible rebuttal with brilliant economy. She never gets bogged down in abstract philosophy, yet still hits every key abstract point, leaving you by the end with no rational reason not to agree, and finally kick to the curb that useless old religion, or get off your bum and really do something for the cause."
-Dr. Richard Carrier, author of Sense and Goodness without God

Product Details

BN ID: 2940014248877
Publisher: Dirty Heathen Publishing
Publication date: 03/19/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 561 KB

About the Author

Greta Christina is one of the most widely-read and well-respected bloggers in the atheist blogosphere. She blogs at the cleverly named Greta Christina's Blog ( and is a regular contributor to the online political magazine, AlterNet. She was ranked by an independent analyst as one of the Top Ten most popular atheist bloggers, and her writing has appeared in numerous magazines, newspapers, and anthologies, including Ms., Penthouse, Skeptical Inquirer, the Chicago Sun-Times, and the anthology Everything You Know About God Is Wrong. She is editor of the Best Erotic Comics anthology series and of Paying For It: A Guide by Sex Workers for Their Clients, and is author of Bending, an erotic novella in the three- novella collection Three Kinds of Asking For It. She has been writing professionally since 1989, on topics including atheism, skepticism, sexuality and sex-positivity, LGBT issues, politics, culture, and whatever crosses her mind. She is on the speakers' bureaus of the Secular Student Alliance and the Center for Inquiry. She tweets at @GretaChristina. She lives in San Francisco with her wife, Ingrid.

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Why Are You Atheists So Angry?: 99 Things That Piss off the Godless 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
VerbivoreTX More than 1 year ago
Greta Christina gives us the reasons that atheists are angry, and shows us that anger is constructive. Her anger isn't that portrayed by the mainstream media as frothing, unhinged, irrational spittle-flecked rantings; it is the measured, eloquent, patient, eminently justifiable anger of an Erin Brokovitch, Ida B Wells, or Susan B Anthony.
InterestedObserver More than 1 year ago
A well-written, lucid book which covers the atheist experience very broadly. Her arguments are easy to follow and will give more than a few believers pause to think - a lot of pause.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Always enjoy what Christina has to say and this book didn't disappoint. Conversational tone makes the pages fly by and gets her message across well. A very important message too.
JessLucy More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. Christina is brilliant and articulate. She knows her subject inside and out and is a great writer. I so appreciate all the wonderful resources listed throughout and at the end of the book. I would also recommend The Blind Watchmaker and The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Greta Christina makes a great case for non-belief and why we should care. One nice feature of the tablet edition are the many links to sources. Great read - I also recommend her blog and other writings.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She truly captures what atheists have been trying to do for years now. She brings up opposing aurguments and gives valid reasons against that claim and why it falls short of proof or evidence for the existence of god.
ConcernedReader More than 1 year ago
Very well written book with chapters about why religion has been destructive. But what I found particularly helpful were the chapters addressing moderate and progressive religions, New Age religions, people who are "spiritual, but not religious", and ecumenicalism and interfaith efforts. Greta Christina points out why all of these perspectives are ultimately destructive since they implicitly endorse illogical thinking. She strongly advocates for rational thinking and scientific analysis that discards ideas that do not hold up to close scrutiny. She also strongly advocates for an ethical morality based on our human traditions of compassion and love towards others. I found her arguments very convincing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Greta has a very engaging style of writing, and she does a very good job of representing a great number of the godless. It would be my wish for all religious people to read this but then I realize that the idea of reading something contrary to their rigion is appaling... Oh well, I recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
...to an oft asked question. The conversational and informal styles makes for a quick and engaging read.
jallan More than 1 year ago
Because this book is so short and so direct, it is a great start for anyone interested in Atheism to discover the flawed reasoning of Atheistic Polemics. All religions cannot be right so they must all be wrong, so dismiss them all is a common argument. Why bother to be rational and seek “spiritual” insight in all of them and make up your own mind? Don’t follow your religious traditions and beliefs because they were “man-made.” Follow Atheism instead. This too is a common argument, and although I can agree with the idea that you should study your religion’s traditions and teachings in relation to its “holy book” and the “holy book” of other religions, I hardly think it rational or even remotely intelligent to toss out all your faith to follow a … human being. That’s right. Atheists are human beings. And you can use the scientific method to test, falsify, or verify that assertion. Not so much with the dead ones, so you’ll have to rely on history to help you there. By the way, most Atheists will call upon history when it suits their claims, but they’ll ignore it when it doesn’t (archeology, a science, has established truth to Biblical history. Hmm, the evidence discovered undermines the Atheist claim that the Bible is just fiction.). Atheists, the writer of this book included, disparage religion because it doesn’t explain the natural world. Who said it ever did? The Bible is not a physics book, a geology book, or biology book. To judge it as such is intellectually dishonest. However, read how God separated land into separate places and then research Pangea. Atheists like to rely on the scientific method as a source of fact, evidence, and truth. First, the scientific method is man-made—flawed because it can be agenda driven. Second, it requires scientists to make inferences—some of which are wrong—but all of which derive from human consciousness. Third, it narrows its scope of inquiry to the material world—the realm of the five senses. Fourth, as a method of inquiry, if fails to explain many phenomenon experienced in the natural world: origin of life, life itself, consciousness and abstract thoughts associated with it, origin of universe, human sexuality (no, really, read what scientists actually say about it.), art and literature—just to mention a few. In fact, apply the scientific method to evolutionary theory, and you will find that the theory is untestable, unfalsifiable, and unverifiable with many of its claims. Nevertheless, the Atheist will use the scientific method when it suits their cause, but never when it would undermine their arguments. For example, religion is harmful to people. Really? Yeah, just look at all these examples. Huh? But when the Bible teaches that you can know there is a God from the things he has made—all that life, all that choice, all that consciousness, all that vastness of the universe (that religious people marvel at, too—by the way), all that evidence of “fine tuning”—the Atheists says, “Nope, it’s not proof of God.” But without any scientific inquiry or evidence whatsoever, they can say with certainty that religion is inherently harmful to humanity? Be an Atheist if you want to be an Atheist, but don’t deceive yourself into thinking that Atheism is rational, truthful, factual, or intellectually honest. Oh, and all that hope this author expresses in science resolving unanswered issues is faith. Faith. Not fact.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read a bit of Greta's book. She is an excellent communicator, and I see why people find her work entertaining. Greta said it is not up to Atheists to prove there is not a God - it is up to Christians to prove there IS a God. I disagree. I am a Christian, and I do not believe I have to prove a thing to you, Greta, or to any atheist. It is difficult for man to believe in something he cannot see, touch, or feel (1 Cor 2:14), and atheists are human. To Jesus Christ my Lord and Savior, Greta's mind is a closed door, as is her heart. I'm truly sorry she has no idea what faith is about. I will pray for her and leave it at that.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book details so well what is wrong with religion and why reasonable people are outraged by the evil that can spring from religious ideas. The points are clear, well-made, and organized. This is a great tool to aid in making specific arguments against the horrible things done in religion's name.
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I read a LOT of atheist and spiritual material. Out of hundreds of books, this is one of maybe three that I would throw away. I don't think I've ever encountered a smaller know-it-all mind ANYWHERE. The only good part: this book makes me glad that I can think, and have an open mind. This world would be devoid of facts if it contained more tiny closed minds like the author's. At least she sounds happy in her ultra narrrow "reality". Oops, no, actually she doesn't. No wonder she's so angry!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I stopped thinking that god was real quite a long time ago... i was raised in a religious family and was taught to never speak against god or his word. Then the abuse started. I would pray to god to make it end. To take away the bad memories. Yet he never did. Maybe if god was real he wouldnt have let our world become such a foul place...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Actually the angriest people in the world are so-called Christians. As a whole they are rude, cruel, ignorant, and easily led. They have no logical reasoning skills whatsiever, which is why they are so gullible and easily lead around by the nose. This book is proof.