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Christianity Is Not Great: How Faith Fails

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  108 ratings  ·  14 reviews
In this new anthology critiquing Christianity, John Loftus—a former minister and now a leading atheist—has brought together an outstanding group of respected scholars who focus on the harms caused by the world’s leading religion.
The contributors begin by dissecting the many problematic aspects of religious faith generally. They repeatedly demonstrate that, with faith a
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Published October 21st 2014 by Prometheus Books
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Zawn V
Jan 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Some of the essays are great; a handful are good, and a few are bad. Most pieces are clearly argued, well-written, and convincing.

I don't think this will convince the unconverted because it takes some basic normative, epistemological, and ethical assumptions for granted -- and these are the same assumptions Christians will fight to the death over. But it's a convincing reminder to those of us who oppose the encroachment of religion of why exactly we embrace such opposition.
Oct 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Christianity Is Not Great: How Faith Fails by John W. Loftus

“Christianity Is Not Great" is an excellent anthology that addresses the harms of Christian faith on a wide spectrum of issues. Taking a page out of Christopher Hitchen’s bestselling title “God Is Not Great”, accomplished author and former preacher John W. Loftus, assembles a great group of scholars of scientists who focus on the harm that Christianity has caused to our basic human institutions. This comprehensive 555-page book includes
Jun 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I once heard a Christian apologist say that Christianity has been the greatest force for good known to man. There’s a common misconception even among many non-Christians that the church is overwhelmingly beneficial for society. This book debunks that notion. “Christianity Is Not Great: How Faith Fails” is an anthology edited by John W. Loftus. It was written in honor of “God Is Not Great” by Christopher Hitchens. Here’s the format of the book:


Hector Avalos has contributed to previous Loft
Elliott Bignell
May 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This anthology of counter-Apologetic essays merits a place on the bookshelf of every atheist, lay-student of comparative religion or Christian coming to question his belief. (Or just seeking to understand the worldviews of non-Christians.) In cataloguing the harms done by this religion, and the scope for addressing them, it is close to encyclopaedic. Crucially, it is an anthology of specialist and often scholarly contributions from writers addressing a particular field, and thus avoids a trap in ...more
Stephie Williams
Jan 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book is an anthology that details how Christianity has harmed and still does harm to both society and individuals. After an introductory chapter by the editor, John W. Loftus, the book goes into part one of five. This shows how faith fails against reason, science, and knowledge. Part two covers the political harms both in the past (e.g. crusades, inquisitions, witch hunts, and slavery) and the present. This part also looks at the secular nature of the United States Constitution, and the atte ...more
Very good collection of research articles that details and argues the problems of religion and faith claims. Though many of the articles are scholarly, the writing is not dry, and Loftus did a good job arranging the chapters. I particularly liked Annie Laurie Gaylor's “Women, What Have I To Do With Thee?: Christianity Against Women” in which she includes many misogynist scriptures from the Bible and how they are being used even today. Lotus's provides similar articles about slavery and animal cr ...more
Apr 08, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I got discouraged early on, but persevered. Sadly, it's mostly a rehash of standard complaints about Christians which are hardly unique to Christians, rather than an analysis of Christianity itself. Loftus has a good enough education he should know better than to use an argument that is really about all human behavior against one particular set of humans.

It's a book guaranteed to appeal to the intellectually lazy, because it is itself intellectually lazy.
Bill Scoville
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Very well presented

I struggled at times to grasp everything said in these essays but that was more due to my poor high school education then to the authors. I got a lot out of this book and highly recommend this book.
Nov 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
The third edition in John Loftus's series (trilogy?) making the case that religion (in this case Christianity) has been and is a net negative influence on human society. All three books should be read to get the complete idea. Here the stand-out chapters are 5,7,9,12,21 and of course Ray's chapter 18--really a summary of his excellent book on the subject of religion's bizarre anti-sex obsessions, that I reviewed before on GoodReads. Somewhat weaker is Carrier's chapter on the legitimacy of the l ...more
David Melbie
Jan 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Some of the best writing today, collected in one book, one could ever find regarding the irrefutable harm and failure of the Christian mythology. Although some will say that the book focuses too much on these harms and failures (and they would be correct!), they are too significant a chunk of the history of the Christian mythology and its impact on all aspects of society to be ignored by apologists, etc. when stating any claims of greatness or whether it deserves sanctity from criticism or accus ...more
Keith Wolfe
Nov 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome collection of works--notables are Ingersoll's "The Failure of the Church and the Triumph of Reason", Boghossian's "Faith, Epistemology, and Answering Socrates' Question by Tranlation", Loftus' "Thou Shalt not Suffer a Witch to Live", and Carrier's "The Dark Ages" :)
Michael Olesen
Nov 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition many things I have thought about and now have references to support my questions. It's a long, tough read, but well worth it.
Jan 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I learned a lot from this collection of essays. The article on gender roles identities was especially enlightening to me.
Chuck Dyke
Mar 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent Anthology!
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