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God's Defenders: What They Believe and Why They Are Wrong

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Committed atheist S. T. Joshi takes up this long-dormant "call to arms" in this highly acerbic critique of the religious point of view. With the aim of "combating religious mummery and obscurantism" he dissects the arguments offered by well-known apologists for various tenets of belief. Taking on both the famous intellectuals of the recent past as well as leading defenders...more
Hardcover, 330 pages
Published June 1st 2003 by Prometheus Books (first published 2003)
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God’s Defenders: What They Believe and Why They are Wrong by S.T. Joshi

“God’s Defenders” is the hard-hitting book of essays that openly criticizes religion. S.T. Joshi takes on popular apologetics in ten sharp-witted essays and goes on an intellectual attack that is often times entertaining and profound. This 330-page book is broken out in the following ten essays and their corresponding apologist(s): 1. The Pragmatical Professor: William James, 2. The Bulldog and the Patrician: G.K. Chesterton...more
Sarah
I agreed with Joshi's opinions but not his attitude. He says several times that the majority if people are stupid and seems to think that anyone who believes in god is an idiot. I know quite a few smart people who believe in god. Some of his arguments are good but he is completely condescending and insulting both to Christians in general and to the people he gives rebuttals to.
Mark
In my view, the only thing wrong with this book is that it is not long enough. S.T Joshi offers a collection of religious writers and their ideas. Each essay is then analyzed using philosophers and writers that disagree with those writers.
Joshi pulls no punches, offering the reader an entertaining and often educating viewpoint of not only fundamentalist Christians such as J. Fallwell, but also less dogmatic apologists such as C.S Lewis and G.K Chesterton.
I like this book for the fact that Joshi...more
Chadwick Saxelid
Anybody that believes in God is an ignorant and delusional dumb ass.

Now that you have read the above sentence there is no need for you to waste any time reading any word of S.T. Joshi's scathing attack on Christian apologetics and organized religion, God's Defenders: What They Believe and Why They Are Wrong; because I have said in one sentence what Joshi wastes 320 pages filled with arrogant name calling to do.

Joshi wastes no time revealing his utter contempt for most of humanity, stating in the...more
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Sunand Tryambak Joshi (b. 22 June 1958 in Pune, India) is an Indian American literary scholar, and a leading figure in the study of Howard Phillips Lovecraft and other authors. Besides what some critics consider to be the definitive biography of Lovecraft (H. P. Lovecraft: A Life, 1996), Joshi has written about Ambrose Bierce, H. L. Mencken, Lord Dunsany, and M.R. James, and has edited collections...more
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