The Australian Book of Atheism – A Review
The Australian Book of Atheism is a collection of 33 essays by Australians on the subject of atheism. The collection itself is well organised, covering personal experiences, education, social and cultural, politics, philosophy, and religion and the brain. It is a body of thought which demolishes the positions of theists and agnostics alike.
The book has far too many highly quotable gems to be included in a review, so I must limit myself to just these few:
- “An orchestrated ‘Euthanasia No’ campaign emerged, led by The Australian’s Paul Kelly, Sydney businessman Jim Dominguez, Labor’s Tony Burke, and then federal Liberal Party backbencher Kevin Andrews. They argued that those believing in God had a duty to rid the nation of [the Northern Territory law permitting euthanasia].” (p196)
- “It seems that our federal government values our troubled youth so much that they wish them to be guided by unqualified groups and individuals with a religious agenda.” (p339)
- “… look at the association between powerful religious and spiritual religious experiences and permanent or temporary dysfunction of particular regions of the brain.” (p418)
Praise must go to David Horton’s “Agnostics are Nowhere Men” which is a masterpiece of closely argued logic. Agnostics can expect to find this to be an extremely illuminating essay, and emerge as convinced atheists.
Tucked away at the back of the book so that it is easily missed is an appendix titled “The Cost of Advancing Religion”. The costs that it lists are astronomical.
This book is required reading for everybody who takes an interest in religion, specially those within any form of religious hierarchy.
- Title: The Australian Book of Atheism
- Editor: Warren Bonett
- Publisher: Scribe Publications
- Paperback ISBN: 978-1-921640-76-6