The Happy Atheist by P.Z. Myers

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The Happy Atheist Read Online Free - From the author of one of the web's most popular science blogs, The Happy Atheist takes on religious fanaticism with all the gleeful disrespect it deserves. A small, fearless book that takes aim at big, stupid targets--and nails them.

For the last several years, PZ Myers, writing the blog Pharyngula, has entertained millions of readers every month with his infectious love of evolutionary science and his equally infectious disdain for creationism, biblical literalism, "intelligent design" theory, and other products of godly illogic. While PZ does not accept the common atheist argument that religion necessarily makes people do evil, violent things, he does think that, most of the time, it makes them believe in the truly ridiculous--which is exactly what he skewers in this riotously funny book. In fact, The Happy Atheist is so outrageous, it's the only book about religion anyone should take seriously.

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ISBN : 0307379345
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 208 pages


Occam's rated it ★☆☆☆☆

August 19, 2013

I bought this book as a possible toilet reader, thinking it might be fun to have short essays to dip in and out of on visits to the throne, and to be hyperbolic I'd suggest this book could be put to good use in the water closet, just not for reading. The essays themselves are poorly written and ed...

Socraticgadfly rated it ★☆☆☆☆

September 09, 2013

Per my status update, for any non-Gnu Atheists, skeptics, agnostics, etc., who are familiar with PZ, this book is what you'd expect. Basically, it's a collection of edited blog posts. He has good critiques of religion, and is good at things like rejecting non-overlapping magisteria, at pointing ou...

jeremy rated it ★★★★☆

October 27, 2013

people aren't religious because they're stupid; rather, religion is a parasite of the mind that makes people do stupid things and think stupid thoughts and, worst of all, believe that freeing themselves of superstition would make them less human and less able to cope with reality, when the exact...

Jinx rated it ★☆☆☆☆

January 08, 2018

The fact that PZ wrote a book called "The Happy Atheist" is incredibly ironic. This man is NOT happy, as clearly evidenced by his blog. Speaking of his blog, that's all this book is: culled and marginally edited copies of his blog posts. If you've read his blog, you've read the book. Pretty sad.

Joy rated it ★★★☆☆

September 10, 2013

Good points for preaching to the choir (irony intended), but a bit confrontational for non-atheists. I call myself "The Peaceful Atheist," because, after a personal 55-year long Reformation that has taken me from Catholic school pupil to agnostic to atheist, I have attained a peaceful belief in p...

Jim rated it ★★★☆☆

August 30, 2014

Probably the most difficult thing about this book is that what he spends most of his time with are exact same issues I have with religion today. I believe in God, but sometimes I wonder what's the point when so many who claim to follow him are silly at best, and evil at worst. "Lately [God] has bec...

David rated it ★★★★☆

July 26, 2013

PZ Myers is a breath of fresh, godless air. As much as I enjoy reading the works of the "new" atheists (Daniel Dennett, Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, etc), the tone of their efforts is generally of a much more serious, often times combative nature, an urgent call to action against primitive belief...

Sara rated it ★★☆☆☆

August 18, 2013

This book was a fun read, and I enjoyed reading it, but it didn't really bring up anything that hasn't been brought up before, and I figure is probably preaching the choir. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, and it isn't a bad book. I laughed out loud a few times, and I certainly enjoyed reading...

Ryan rated it ★★☆☆☆

September 28, 2013

While it admittedly sounds harsher than I really intend, what I want to say about this book is that I don't have much to say at all, because neither does PZ Myers. By this I don't mean at all that he is unintelligent or inarticulate in his criticisms and observations; he is obviously both of thes...

Martin rated it ★★★★☆

September 02, 2013

This book made me a Happy Atheist. Not that I wasn’t before I read it, but in some small way PZ Myers has made me that much happier. I have already recommended this book to a number of friends and will continue to do so. Unlike many of Myers’ critics, who predictably complain that he broke no new...

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