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To the point Aug 10, 2007
Dianna Narciso does a good job of explaining wht the label "atheism" is and why Christians like to use their own definitions. An easy read.
Excellent Summary of Atheism vs Christianity May 14, 2007
Very heartfelt, concise, and forceful putting forth of the atheist position. A recommended read to believers and unbelievers alike.
Supportive, not deep Mar 28, 2007
This book is a best seen as a collection of essays in defense of atheism; or at least, that's how it felt to me. The essays appear to have been written at different times, and there is a fair amount of overlap between them, so that if you read the book front to back, you get an impression that the author is repeatedly hammering away at the same set of points. You will come away with a more favorable impression if you sample individual chapters and let the book rest between.
I thought the following chapters (or essays) were useful. Chapter 3 is on the different misapprehensions believers have of atheists, that they hate God, have no purpose, etc. Some of the same misapprehensions, and some new ones, are refuted in Chapter 12; these two could be combined, or should be read together.
Chapter Five is a clear summary of the reasons that religious practice is satisfying and attractive to people. Narciso is exceptional among atheists in understanding and sympathizing with these underlying reasons for religion's popularity.
Chapter Four ("There's no such thing as a true Christian") and Chapter Nine ("Morality") are summaries of the many ways that current Christian practice deviates from its supposed sources in the Bible, with emphasis on the contradictions, cruelties, and peculiarities of that book.
The book purports to address believing readers, trying to explain to them how atheists are really decent people and have sound reasons for thinking as they do. But it is hard to imagine how it will reach that audience. What Christian would buy it? You might suppose that a new atheist might buy it to give to her Christian friends, as a way of saying "Here, this explains how I feel." But that would not be a good idea, because so much of the book consists of sharp attacks on every aspect of Christian belief. Yes, it does say "this is how it feels to be an atheist," but it also says, repeatedly and at much greater length, "...and here is how you are fooled, deluded, duped and generally wrong in so many ways." Which is not a way to earn, or keep, a friend's sympathy.
Probably the best audience is a believer whose faith is shallow and tottering: the comprehensive survey of the contradictions of belief, delivered in a breezy, non-academic tone, should be reassuring and helpful.
Disappointed. Jan 4, 2007
I was disappointed in this book. I thought it was going to be a personal account of the author's life as an atheist, I wasn't really even looking for a case for atheism. I was hoping it would focus on her experiences "coming out" and telling her family, friends, and co-workers about her beliefs; a story about the day-to-day dealings of an atheist in a generally religious environment. Something to help those of us facing challenges in social interactions with the religious members of society. It struck me as a little disorganized, it did not have enough of the author's own experiences, and seemed to focus too much on presenting a case against Christianity, in my opinion.
It just wasn't what I expected. YMMV.
Pretty good Nov 22, 2006
I just finished this one & was all & all pretty pleased. Like many other reviewers have said, it's more of an introduction of or primer to atheism. However, it is a fantastic start for anyone curious about the topic. The information included is good enough to warrant 4 stars, but I didn't give it 5 because it wasn't entirely well organized & sometimes rambled. Additionally, the author sometimes sounded like a wonderfully compassionate, intellectual person, & other times she just sounded mad (without necessarily making an intellectual argument). I have to "deduct" points for that, because we don't need to push religious-followers any further into their mystical closets than they already are. (I'm just suggesting that our writings on the topic be more dry, fact based material...without the insertion of great emotion. Let's leave that tradition to the religious people.)