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The Australian Book of Atheism

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Bringing together essays from the nation’s pre-eminent atheist, rationalist, humanist, and skeptical thinkers, this collection is the first to explore atheism from an Australian perspective. With a historical overview of Australian atheism, this compilation canvasses a range of opinions on religion and secularism in tones variably comedic, sincere, enlightened, and journal ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by Scribe Publications Pty Ltd. (first published November 22nd 2010)
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Jun 06, 2011 Thoraiya rated it it was amazing
Whether you are atheist or not, this book is marvellous for its diversity of views and fascinating for its research. Only 11 of the 33 essays were by women, but the men are up front in admitting that much of their privilege has stemmed from religion, and 1/3 is an improvement on the fraction of female religious leaders, after all. I was absorbed by the introduction by Bonett, and by the essays by Chrys Stevenson, Colette Livermore, Robyn Williams, Peter Ellerton, Martin Bridgstock, Jane Caro, Ro ...more
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Nov 11, 2011 John Gordon rated it really liked it
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• This book is a collection of 33 essays by an impressive group of Australian atheists, freethinkers, rationalists, humanists and skeptics. With a few exceptions the material is applicable to the atheist debate worldwide and provides a fascinating, broad and varied perspective to the topic.
The book is subdivided into seven sections. In the "Overview" we look at the history of atheism in Australia, it becomes quite clear that the idea of us being a "Christian nation" certainly has no basis regar
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Some of this book I found terribly uninterestingly dull. The several essays on religion in education, for instance. I GET THE IDEA. However, Bonnet's historical survey of atheism in Australian society was useful and interesting. Some of the personal accounts were notable. Tim Minchin's Storm, or the words thereto, were in there, which I appreciated, because the endless round of atheist complaints against monotheism needs to be broken up every now and again with some sol
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Jul 02, 2011 Matt Kelly rated it really liked it
A must read for anyone interested in how religion changes Australian society, whether you are atheist or not. If you are from Qld it's even more of a must read, as quite a few of the chapters seem to be from Qld authors.
Jul 21, 2011 Steve rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this. Apart from one piece I found all chapters highly informative and thought provoking. One of the better representations of atheism - far superior to material by Dawkins and Harris, for example.
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Warren Bonett owns science-based bookshop Embiggen Books on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. He has been working for several years to increase scientific literacy in the community as a public speaker, blogger, and organiser of public science events. He is an active member of the Atheist Foundation of Australia, the Humanist Society of Queensland, the Australian Skeptics, and the Rationalist Society of ...more
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