Apr 08, 2020
I Don't Believe in Atheists
Posted by Chris Hedges

From the New York Times bestselling author of American Fascists and the NBCC finalist for War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning comes this timely and compelling work about new atheists those who attack religion to advance the worst of global capitalism, intolerance and imperial projects.Chris Hedges, who graduated from seminary at Harvard Divinity School, has long been a cFrom the New York Times bestselling author of American Fascists and the NBCC finalist for War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning comes this timely and compelling work about new atheists those who attack religion to advance the worst of global capitalism, intolerance and imperial projects.Chris Hedges, who graduated from seminary at Harvard Divinity School, has long been a courageous voice in a world where there are too few He observes that there are two radical, polarized and dangerous sides to the debate on faith and religion in America the fundamentalists who see religious faith as their prerogative, and the new atheists who brand all religious belief as irrational and dangerous Both sides use faith to promote a radical agenda, while the religious majority, those with a commitment to tolerance and compassion as well as to their faith, are caught in the middle The new atheists, led by Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens and Sam Harris, do not make moral arguments about religion Rather, they have created a new form of fundamentalism that attempts to permeate society with ideas about our own moral superiority and the omnipotence of human reason I Don t Believe in Atheists critiques the radical mindset that rages against religion and faith Hedges identifies the pillars of the new atheist belief system, revealing that the stringent rules and rigid traditions in place are as strict as those of any religious practice Hedges claims that those who have placed blind faith in the morally neutral disciplines of reason and science create idols in their own image a sin for either side of the spectrum He makes an impassioned, intelligent case against religious and secular fundamentalism, which seeks to divide the world into those worthy of moral and intellectual consideration and those who should be condemned, silenced and eradicated Hedges shatters the new atheists assault against religion in America, and in doing so, makes

  • Title: I Don't Believe in Atheists
  • Author: Chris Hedges
  • ISBN: 9781416567950
  • Page: 144
  • Format: Hardcover
  • I Don t Believe in Atheists From the New York Times bestselling author of American Fascists and the NBCC finalist for War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning comes this timely and compelling work about new atheists those who attack

    Trevor

    The title of this one was bound to annoy me I had, about a year ago, started another book with a similar title God Does Not Believe in Atheists and quickly came to the conclusion that God s problem, in this case, is that he doesn t exist and therefore can t believe in anything.Ginnie pointed to this book as worth reading and said that the title wasn t a very good title or reflection of his main point in writing the book It is not the title I would have chosen for the book, but then, it is not th [...]


    Joshua Stein

    I swore to a friend that I would give this book a chance, and for a few moments I expected Hedges to provide a serious answer to the quandries offered to apologists by the Four Horsemen of atheism Dawkins, Dennett, Harris and Hitchens The book, unfortunately, failed me, as you can plainly see by my rating.The fact is, Hedges triteness makes the text unbearable and the fact that he does not even really provide any original ideas makes it all the painful The tooth pulling sensation I got while wo [...]


    Mike (the Paladin)

    I doubt I can review this without causing some consternation for some I read another book by this author and found that it was a misinformed book The ideas and impressions in the book were what I d call mis or ill informed.Upon reading this i think I m beginning to see the problem I m sure that Mr Hedges is quite sincere in all he says and he s working on being honest.That said he is I believe based on what he says laboring under some preexisting ideas In other words a certain amount of prejudic [...]


    Shannon

    This is truly bad I kind of wanted to throw the book into a fire Chris Hedges makes sweeping generalizations about the new atheists , ones that make it impossible to take his points seriously I can t tell if he s being intentionally daft and lazy, in failing to cite almost ANY specifics ie, say, a quote, because some of the things he says that Dawkins, for example, claim, are clearly taken way out of context and misconstrued Or he really believes the conclusions he has reached, through really sh [...]


    Clif Hostetler

    This book provides the best critic of the so called new atheism that I ve encountered thus far The book articulates the position that seeking the transcendent experience is an integral part of the human experience Suggestions that progress in human knowledge and science make religion unnecessary is labeled as arrogance out of touch with human nature The author comes from a Christian background He even has seminary training However, this book is a defense of all religions, not just Christianity T [...]


    Mic

    This is the best book I ve read in a long time with the worst title I ve ever seen.Despite my love for Chris Hedges I shelved this book for awhile because the prologue focuses on Sam Harris, and I thought to myself, I like Sam Harris but I don t need you to tell me he s a racist that doesn t discount the non Islamophobic things he says This book is not really about atheism It s about the current wave of new atheists which, in Hedges mind, err just as foolishly as their Religious Right counterpar [...]


    Kaelan (Κάϊλαν)

    Secular Fundamentalism Oh boy This one was fun.There s some pre planning for the reader to do before engaging with this extended essay A good place to start would be Chris Hedges debate with Christopher Hitchens, as well as the debate Hedges also engaged in with Sam Harris Both events are pretty illuminating and thought provoking, especially seeing as despite Hitchens death back in 2011 his following has not lessened one iota if anything it s larger than ever due to today s ever polarising polit [...]


    Katinka

    I see how a lot of people pan this book, and I think maybe it is because people are afraid to open their eyes and see the similarities between the New Atheists and fundamentalism This book resonates with me, as it should with anyone who knows well people of all faiths It is a call for moderation It is a call to question wether science can answer all things Hedges, and I, think it can t Hedges points out the universe physically is morally neutral, our ability to learn and use the universe around [...]


    Jason

    Reading this book was painful There seems to be absolutely no logical structure to Hedges argument Hedges also presents himself as an expert on human nature, making all types of conclusive statements and generalizations on the subject Quotes from the new atheists are often presented with little context He also doesn t really grapple much with the logical arguments for or against the existence of a supernatural omnipotent being I think Hedges is a smart guy, but this was a really sad effort on hi [...]


    Tulpesh Patel

    The story of how When Atheism Becomes a Religion got into my hands is almost interesting than what s contained within its pages In 2009, whilst working at the University of California, Los Angeles, a friend tried to post me a copy, having found it in a Borders bargain bin and thinking, quite rightly, that it would be something I would be interested in Two weeks later it was returned to her with Unauthorized Circulation Religious Content Int l RTS written on the package She kept the packaging an [...]


    Philip

    To see the Hedges Harris debate, go to YouTube and search, Religion, politics and the end of the world I know I put this later in the review, but I thought it was worth it to go back and put it at the top Premise People do not advance morally at the same rate as they advance scientifically Those who teach that religion is evil and science and reason will save us are as deluded as those who believe in angels and demons.Science and human reason, like institutional religion, have delivered as much [...]


    Jsb

    I was inclined to like this book just from its premise, but I was totally disappointed Hedges claims that Hitchens, Dawkins, et al as mirror image fundamentalists to Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell, a view I cannot hold Hedges rants and rants against atheist fundamentalism with hardly a citation.


    Murtaza

    Couldn t put this book down, a must read.


    Chris Gager

    There are some crappy reviews of this book up there but I ll give it a try I m into this a ways now and am a bit puzzled The author attacks a few atheism advocates like Hitchens as if they were at the forefront of some worldwide movement I m not seeing that Is he anti progressivism Does he oppose movements that seek to make the world a better place and effectively address our many problems Seems like he s kind of all over the place I believe he was involved in some debate with Hitchens and other [...]


    Serge Boucher

    What a dreadful book It has its moments We have nothing to fear from those who do, or do not, believe in God We have much to fear from those who don t believe in sin but as an attack on the new atheists, which is how the author presents it, it s appalling.Hedges central argument mixes all the new atheists in one big lump, referring to them usually as these atheists , and claims that what they offer is a utopian vision, some perfect society that we could all enjoy if only all their opponents were [...]


    Jeff

    The thesis, or at least the vague Boo Hitchens, Dawkins, Harris, and Dennett sentiment that is meant to substitute for a thesis, is poorly argued, and the prose often drags for pages with enervating repetitions of simple contentions In places the book turns to a boilerplate essay on the moral neutrality of science, with all the boredom and eye rolling that such usually entails Here and there, Hedges manages to present criticisms of Harris, Dawkins and Hitchens taken individually which are surely [...]


    William

    Chris Hedges seems to have written this book just as a follow up to some debates he did with Sam Harris and Christopher Hitchens Fine, there s a lot to criticize in Harris I haven t read Hitchens His major criticism is a kind of utopian fundamentalism that he imputes to both atheist and religious extremists, presumably promoting moderation for everyone although he basically only criticizes others rather than offering any positive ideas of his own He blames, or at least implies blame on this extr [...]


    Paul

    Chris Hedges recently released American Fascists i haven t read the book but i do know that it is a critique of the Christian fundamentalist movement in the US Apparently, not wanting the atheists get away from his wrath, he penned I Don t Believe in Atheists And wrath is exactly what the first two thirds of this work read like Hedges rants and raves about the extreme positions of both atheist and fundamentalist thinkers He tries to establish a middle ground but only sloppily so i do agree with [...]


    Christopher

    This book was rubbish It was nothing but an opportunity for the author to air out some personal grievances he has with a couple of prominent atheists he happened to debate.His main argument is that atheists are similar to Abrahamic fundamentalists in that they 1 Use their belief in Utopia to justify all manners of violent atrocities.2 Are inherently racist towards Muslims.3 Are unwilling to entertain opinions and viewpoints that differ from their own.I read about half of the book before I was ov [...]


    Kent Winward

    Forget the title and realize that Hedges lives up to his surname.


    Abby

    First, I should say that I read Hedges s Empire of Illusion and loved it After reading it, I characterized him as smart, well informed, and courageous enough to speak the truth not to mention an elegant writer But I Don t Believe in Atheists has problems.The title alone is cutesy and reflects the vagueness of Hedges s entire argument It indicates that the book will be about atheists in general, although Hedges primarily targets the new atheists such as Harris, Dawkins, and Hitchens sometimes col [...]


    Betty

    On the back of the copy I found it said The battle between these new atheists and the religious fundamentalists engages two bizarre subsets of American Culture One distorts the scientific theory of evolution, applying it to complex social, economic and political systems it was never designed to explain The other insists that the six day story of creation in Genesis is fact and Jesus will descend from the sky to establish the kingdom of God on earth Neither God nor Science , will protect us from [...]


    Christopher Roberts

    Chris Hedges should have picked a less provocative title His book sounds like a work of religious apologetics when what it really is consists of a critique of the New Atheists and their brand of foolishness disguised as reasonableness.Hedges nails the hypocrisy and bigotry of Dawkins, Harris and Hitchens squarely He sees that they have attacked religion using the same tactics that religious fundamentalists have traditionally used His criticisms are often the same as my criticisms and therefore i [...]


    Matthew Klippenstein

    I d approached the book cautiously, not knowing much about Hedges, but recognizing that, after reading Dawkins and Hitchens, I owed it to myself to read their critics At least the ones who don t hold to literalist interpretations of their particular religious writings To my surprise, the author blew me away with his methodical dissection of the New Atheism His demonstration that the strident New Atheists adopt the same rhetorical tactics as their Fundamentalist opponents was on its own, worth t [...]


    Tucker

    Instead of following the predictable career trajectory for a man with his Master of Divinity degree and an undergraduate degree in literature, Chris Hedges spent two decades reporting from the worst war zones all over the world His opinions on human nature are especially valuable simply because they stem from this unique combination of education and experience.My opinion of the book is mixed Based on the title, I expected it a reactionary Christian screed, and was pleasantly surprised to find th [...]


    Justin Tapp

    I read Dawkins, Harris, and Hitchens before reading this book, along with Stephen Hawking and Brian Greene I would recommend reading this book after reading theirs Chris Hedges debated Hitchens and Harris, inspiring him to collect the arguments in this book Hedges is a foreign correspondent, covering multiple wars and directing the Middle East bureau of the NY Times He is no evangelical, he grew up a liberal Presbyterian that rejects certain parts of the Bible as literal This creates some logica [...]


    Below

    In some ways, I m not quite sure what to make of this book I have read Book The God Delusion , The End of Faith Letter to a Christian Nation, God is Not Great and Breaking the Spell, so I am familiar with the work of the New Atheists I read the books quote a while ago, and read this one a few months ago I honestly think it s a bit difficult to review, simply because my views not on the god debate, but politically have changed since both I read the New Atheists and since I read this book, which i [...]


    Nebuchadnezzar

    Fortunately for the reader, Hedges decided to keep his overblown screed short Really, there is little here for either the theist or atheist I found myself in a strange position going into this book as a follower of Hedges journalism and an atheist who is not the biggest fan of the so called new atheism Hedges targets Christopher Hitchens and Sam Harris specifically in places, but slips between indicting those two, the new atheists, and atheists in general This ends up being a fatal flaw, as even [...]


    Ted

    Hedges makes an excellent case that the new atheists are every bit as fundamentalist in their beliefs and religious fundamentalists That much is fairly obvious if you look at the works of Dawkins, Hitchens, et al What Hedges does next is a bit interesting, which is to not simply say that such fundamentalism ignorantly insults religious belief and blinds us to the cultural import of religion, but that the fundamentalism of science is itself highly dangerous as or even dangerous in some instance [...]


    Fred Kohn

    You know a book is great when you find yourself regretting finishing it So if you find yourself rushing through the last few pages of a book because you re so anxious to be done with it, it s likely a horrible book I couldn t bring myself to make this a one star book, because Hedges does bring to the table his vast experience as a journalist in the Middle East, among other troubled places Thus he is in a good position to make a cogent critique of the ignorant rants against Islam by Sam Harris an [...]



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