Atheism, trashing God, and selling lots of not so good books

The New New Atheism
Attacking “God” has become a lucrative book business. But there’s not much substance behind the latest atheist tracts.

BY PETER BERKOWITZ
The Wall Street Journal – OPINION

July 17, 2007 – TheScroogeReport.com Post

“There is nothing new under the sun,” proclaims the Book of Ecclesiastes. The rise of the new new atheism confirms this ancient biblical wisdom.

Of course the famous words of Ecclesiastes should not be taken in a slavishly literal sense, a technique that is all-too-common among those who think they can refute belief in God by showing that the Bible abounds in demonstrably false and self-contradictory statements.

But one stunning new development under the sun is that promulgating atheism has become a lucrative business. According to a recent article in The Wall Street Journal, in less than 12 months atheism’s newest champions have sold close to a million books. Some 500,000 hardcover copies are in print of Richard Dawkins’s “The God Delusion” (2006); 296,000 copies of Christopher Hitchens’s “God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything” (2007); 185,000 copies of Sam Harris’s “Letter to a Christian Nation” (2006); 64,100 copies of Daniel C. Dennett’s “Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon”; and 60,000 copies of Victor J. Stenger’s “God: The Failed Hypothesis: How Science Shows that God Does not Exist” (2007).

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2 thoughts on “Atheism, trashing God, and selling lots of not so good books

  1. Book publishing may be a business, may make money. But of course, the real news is that people are buying the books – there is a thirst out there for this information. And, in my experience (having read Dawkins, Hitchens, Dennett and Stenger), they are good books, well argues, and have relevant and thoughtful information.
    But we have a very long way to go. Just look at the stocks in your local library. Compare the number of books positively discussing atheism, non-theism, etc., with the number of religious books! The latter are well over-represented compared with the distribution of beliefs in the community.
    So let’s be open-minded and allow people to learn about non-theist belief. It surely can’t hurt anyone.
    Or do we want to keep people ignorant of these ideas?

  2. honestly it doesnt suprise me that people write books like that, I mean God did tell us this would happen, the people will turn against him and its a sign of the times…you have to keep in mind that people who dont believe dont understand at all (the veil over their eyes) which is sad and they have a right to publish such nonsense… how come its ok for the non believers to trash our christian beliefs but when christians stand up for themselves its terrible rubbing our beliefs onto others.. screwy world we live it

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