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Why Are You Atheists So Angry? 99 Things That Piss Off the Godless

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  1,644 ratings  ·  128 reviews
Why are atheists angry?

Is it because they're selfish, joyless, lacking in meaning, and alienated from God?

Or is it because they have legitimate reasons to be angry -- and are ready to do something about it?

Armed with passionate outrage, absurdist humor, and calm intelligence, popular blogger Greta Christina makes a powerful case for outspoken atheist activism, and explains
Kindle Edition, 184 pages
Published March 18th 2012 by Dirty Heathen Publishing
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Giuseppe Maxia
Apr 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all
I have been a happy godless for long time. I used to call myself an agnostic and a skeptic. Quiet books like "Why I am not a Christian" by Betrand Russell were enough to comfort me in my chosen path.
Then came Richard Dawkins, with its scientific review of the whole matter, and I abandoned the "agnostic" label for the more telling and representative "atheist".
Yet, I was still lacking something. I found myself quite enraged with religion, and I was looking for a way of putting some order in that r
Rod Hilton
Apr 24, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: religion
"Why Are You Atheists So Angry" is a very well-argued book, but not a particularly well-written one. This is frustrating, because it diminishes the impact of Greta Christina's arguments.

Greta is a talented blogger, but too much of the "blogger" style comes through in the book. The tone jumps quickly from dispassionate logic to angry indignation, from professional to conversational. Weird spurts of sarcasm and humor pepper otherwise intellectual paragraphs. Greta also constantly goes on tangents
Mar 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: religion
I seem to have a hard time reading books about atheism. It's probably because, as they say, atheism is a religion like not collecting stamps is a hobby. There's not much to talk about besides that religion sucks, and that's sort of hard to talk about without sounding like an asshole.

I've tried to read The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason, I've tried to read God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything and I've tried to read Atheism: A Reader. I got about halfway thro
Apr 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
If you just want the critics of religion to shut up, you should read this book and find out why that isn't going to happen. Atheists are angry and out and fed-up with with the effects of religion. This book will explain with clarity and brevity, why.

This book is a clear, straight-speaking and powerful treatise of atheist concerns, and yes, anger.

Last week I met a perfectly lovely young mother whose 12-yr old in Christian school was struggling to grasp "flood geology." Teaching an innocent chil
Donna Brown
Jan 09, 2013 rated it liked it
I am not an angry atheist. I am an atheist who has a great deal of respect for others’ practices and beliefs, provided they don’t expect me to share them. I’ve seen the solace that religion can provide, but I’ve also seen the hurt that has been caused in the name of religion. Like anything, it has many points, good and bad and many arguments can be made for and against. I am not here to fight my corner, for one very good reason: my corner is my own. I won’t try to extend it to encroach on yours ...more
Apr 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is a fabulous book! I want all my "I'm not that type of Christian" friends to read it. I want all my "I'm not religious, I'm spiritual" friends to read it. I want all my non-believing "Why do you have to tell people you are an atheist? Just leave it alone" friends to read it. It explains everything I have been trying to say, and in such a good way. There are going to be a lot of people getting this book from me, that's for sure.
Mar 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: atheism-religion
Why Are You Atheists So Angry?: 99 Things That Piss Off the Godless by Greta Christina

"Why Are You Atheists So Angry?" is a book that had to be written. It's the inspirational, outspoken, thought-provoking, grounded on reality book that makes you proud to be an atheist. Iconic voice of the atheist movement and widely-read blogger Greta Christina provides a much needed book in a growing movement that is grounded on reason and evidence. In this exciting book, Christina replies directly and so powe
Mar 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: believers and and non believers and the spectrum between
Shelves: atheism, a-guide-to
It's a well reasoned lucid account of atheists anger and why we have a right to be angry in the first place. If you are looking for a vitriolic tearing down religions and the "holy" texts this is not it, if you want a good argument against religion and why you should speak out this IS it.
Greta Christina is reasoned, impassioned and yes a little... no a lot angry but this is not an angry book, it's hopeful, compassionate and above all grounded in reason and lucidity.
Larry Gallagher
Mar 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is a quick, direct and to-the-point book that not only summarizes the major theses of writers like Dawkins in far fewer words, but also illuminates the reasons behind the discomfort that many atheists have around religious believers. This discomfort (ok, "anger") goes beyond mere disagreement - I may disagree with a political opponent; I may even not like him or her very much; but unless the person is demented I can usually understand why they believe the things they do. As Greta Christina ...more
Dec 29, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: religion, politics
I wish I liked this book better than I did. I am not one of those "why can't we all get along?" type of atheist, and I really enjoy direct criticism of religion. So, I was not displeased with this book because of the tone.

I was tolerant of its repetitiveness, but one problem that I had a more difficult time overlooking might not even be the author's problem, but the editors' and publisher's. In multiple places, the endnotes in my edition were mistaken. On pages 61, 73, and 128, the in-text citat
Aug 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Growing up, I went to Sunday school and church and as a kid found the Old Testament stories as fanciful and entertaining as any fairy tale. By the the time I was about 11 or so I realized how poorly written and contradictory the Bible was; the "loving" God that regularly tortures and kills, the scientific impossibilities and historic inaccuracies.

With critical thinking, any faith I once had evaporated away, and I continue to be puzzled by otherwise intelligent people defending an institution th
Apr 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: atheism, non-fiction, 2012
This was a fast, well written read. I highly recommend it for, well, pretty much everyone, from atheists who just want something to help them with organizing their own thoughts to believers who think THEY don't believe those bad things, or THEIR brand of religion would never act like that. I especially recommend it for those people. The "No True Scotsman" fallacy is old. *Stares hard at some of my family members* :-)

I had never really read this lady's blog before, but I might have to start popp
Gareth Thomas
Jun 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
A fairly informal, accessible and well argued book presenting the downsides of religion (primarily American Christianity but not to the exclusion of other religions), the arguments from atheism which challenge religion. If you wish to discuss religion with someone on rational, scientific (in the sense of naturalistic, rather than 'sciency') and humanistic terms, then this book is a great primer.

I enjoyed reading the informal prose style (whether this is deliberate or because it's perhaps writte
Kent Winward
Jun 19, 2013 rated it liked it
Not a lot new on the Atheist front from Greta Christina, although apparently it is at least OK to be pissed off, which is comforting. She does encourage the godless to take a more militant stance, but I'm left with the nagging sense that a long list of grievances against religious injustice is the easy way out of the argument.

The hard question and the one atheists and believers both need to figure out is why do people believe in the seemingly unreasonable? I love reason, but reason tells me tha
Mar 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: atheist, non-fiction
LOVED IT! So much more than just a rant. Though, those are fun, too. Greta Christina took great pains to explain why she thinks the way she does. She articulates so well what many of us atheists only wish we had the words to say. She marshals her arguments with wit and science and deep thinking. There is even an entire chapter devoted to how atheists can help the movement - from simply (not that it is always "simple"!) coming out and being a good example of a good person to getting involved in p ...more
Sarah Clement
Aug 11, 2013 rated it did not like it
This is a terrible book. Written in the style that is much more suited to ranty blog posts and responses to commenters, the entire book belongs on the internet, not in print. I identify as both a feminist and an atheist, but this is the sort of ranty feminist manifesto that makes me wish I was neither. The author is clearly intelligent, but the entire book comes off as petty and pointless. I suspect that the first chapter, in which the author lays out 99 reasons why she's pissed off, is the orig ...more
Blair Hodgkinson
Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Clear, concise, unwavering, unflinching and fully accessible--this is one of the best written books about what atheism actually is and what's behind it for most of us. Well-argued but not hateful or cruel toward believers. A delight.
Jon Mountjoy
Apr 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
It's nice to see an ever-growing library of books on atheism and reason. This one is a little different, and has a rather catchy title. Self-published too - and it reads like that. Which is what makes it different. It's something in complete contrast to something like Dennett Daniel's Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon - this is grass roots activism turned into a book. I guess in the old days of a movement one would distribute pamphlets. The new age of self-publishing lets you ...more
May 01, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012
I noticed this book while I was browsing for another book, and the title jumped out at me. I decided to give it a go.

It's self-published, and I think it could have used a little more editing. There were a few repetitive phrases, and the tone shifted here and there. It was pretty easy to read, and I may think this because I already know this about the author, but it reads like a series of blog entries. I also didn't like how the target audience seemed to shift back and forth from believers to ath
Amy Argent
Jul 12, 2012 rated it it was ok
I was only able to read about half of the book. I'm an atheist, but often don't like books about atheism for this very reason: I don't feel like I'm learning anything. You're telling me what I already know. I also tried to read this book from the perspective of a religious person, maybe how they'd perceive it and it seemed a bit like a long list of complaints. If I were a religious person, this book wouldn't make me empathize with the plight of the angry atheist. It'd probably make me go contrib ...more
Nov 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: atheism
I thought I was pretty good at articulating my atheism, but Greta Christina does a terrific job of filling in all of the gaps in my objections and logic.

Definitely recommended, not just for atheists, but for the religious and semi-religious who want a clear, cogent explanation of why we get all fired up.
Aug 16, 2012 rated it liked it
Most books on atheism tends to preach to the choir, and I find this book easier to relate to since it also addresses practical issues of what you can achieve as an atheist rather than focusing on complicated logical debate about the "usual" subjects. As has been stated in other reviews, her writing can get repetitive at times. The book would've got 4 stars otherwise.
Aug 24, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: christianity
As a former atheist myself, little of what was written in this book surprised me. I already knew most of these arguments and the mindset behind them, the focus on Reason and Rationality with a capital R, the even bigger focus on the scientific method whether it's applicable or not, and so on. Ironically, while thinking made me an atheist when I was an agnostic before, thinking harder made me an agnostic again with a leaning towards Christianity. I'll come to a few reasons in the course of this r ...more
I'm not saying that religion should be outlawed; I'm just saying we'd all be better off without it. This could have been the sub-sub-title. And Christina is not just talking about organized religion, she actually has a chapter titled "Yes, This Means You: "Spiritual but Not Religious." So according to her, even being spiritual is harmful and makes her angry. Yes, you read that correctly- spirituality makes her angry.

And talk about repetition. And talk about repetition. Reality check! Let's just
Jan 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Yes, yes. And yes. Though I've read Greta Christina's blog for years and heard her talk on this subject, her clear, rational voice never gets old. How could any believer in the supernatural withstand this veritable wall of reason and logic? Well, surprisingly enough, some people take pride in holding unsupportable beliefs. I can't do it; I guess it's a weakness of mine. As a Christian I was expected to swallow an awful lot of crazy things -- things that violate the laws of physics and biology. O ...more
Marilyn Pettigrove
Mar 28, 2015 rated it it was ok
I found this book in the library, and my curiosity made me pick it up. I have friends who are atheists as well as friends who are devout Christians. I fall into the latter.
If you are already an atheist or a serious doubter/questioner of religion, you will probably love this book. The author goes at it convincing the religious with the zeal of a roadside revivalist. She is completely convinced of her rightness and more than happy expounding why. She obviously is familiar with religion in some for
Mar 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
File this review under "Atheist Blogger Writes a Book."

This is the third book of this sort I have read (the first two being "Drunk With Blood: God's Killings in the Bible" by Steve Wells, and "Liars for Jesus: The Religious Right's Alternate Version of American History" by Chris Rodda) and would rank it better than "Liars for Jesus" on readability but not as well-written as "Drunk with Blood."

Greta Christina has, for lack of a better term, a very aggressive writing style. This is a good thing fo
Meagan Houle
Jun 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I did not expect to like this book. I am one of those people who refuses to self-identify as atheist, purely because I don't want to deal with the backlash, stereotyping, hatred, discrimination, and general nastiness that tends to follow. I don't want people to assume that I'm an intolerant, rude, bigoted jerk. However...
Greta's atheism is angry, yes, and justly so. Her atheism is strong, and passionate, and full of conviction. Her atheism is also compassionate, persuasive, reasonable, and even
Richard Wright
Dec 17, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012
For the most part, this book is a big list of adverse impacts religion has had on society and people. There's a small section midway through that sets out the basic reasons why atheists don't believe in a god, but for the most part this is about the negative effects of organised religion. It's an interesting enough quick read for an atheist (I'm one), as though it covers a lot of familiar ground, there are plenty of aspects you won't have thought about. You'll very likely end up more angry than ...more
Rory Cooney
Sep 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
She's really good, and expresses a lot of what I feel (and obviously what a lot of people feel) about what Dawkins called "the God delusion." I just wish we could TALK!! So far, my issues are with her equating truth with facts (which I understand, but disagree with), and with her dismissing of people's experience of God and spiritual realities as wishful thinking and hogwash. I mean, it's _their_ experience, not hers. This leads to a discussion of what reality is, whether it needs to be "receive ...more
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Greta Christina has been writing professionally since 1989, on topics including atheism, sexuality and sex-positivity, LGBT issues, politics, culture, and whatever crosses her mind. She is on the speakers's bureaus of the Secular Student Alliance and the Center for Inquiry. She is editor of the "Best Erotic Comics" anthology series, and of "Paying For It: A Guide by Sex Workers for Their Clients." ...more
“Atheists’ anger doesn’t prove that we’re selfish, or joyless, or miserable. It shows that we have compassion, and a sense of justice. We’re angry because we see terrible harm all around us, and we feel desperately motivated to stop it.” 29 likes
“Religion is a belief in invisible beings, inaudible voices, intangible entities, undetectable forces, and events and judgments that happen after we die. It therefore has no reality check. And it is therefore uniquely armored against criticism, questioning, and self-correction. It is uniquely armored against anything that might stop it from spinning into extreme absurdity, extreme denial of reality… and extreme, grotesque immorality.” 7 likes
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