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The God Hater: A Novel

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A cranky, atheistic philosophy professor loves to shred the faith of incoming freshmen. He is chosen by a group of scientists to create a philosophy for a computer-generated world exactly like ours. Much to his frustration every model he introduces—from Darwinism, to Existentialism, to Relativism, to Buddhism—fails. The only way to preserve the computer world is to introdu ...more
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Published September 28th 2010 by Howard Books
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Robin Lee Hatcher
I loved this book. I listened to the audiobook version, and it was read by the author who has a terrific narrator's voice. That always enhances the experience.

I loved the way the author used the character of Nicholas, a rather unpleasant fellow, at least on the surface and especially in the beginning. And the author used modern technology in a very interesting way to tell the story. I don't want to say much more as don't want to give away any spoilers. Just say I thoroughly enjoyed the book and
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Janna
Nov 21, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, here is a book about someone who hates God and all religion so much that he despises anything to do with it - he has only one friend (a fellow professor) and her little boy and his brother who he sees about once a year. Outside of that everyone avoids him like the plague, not a pleasant person to be around to say the least. Then suddenly, everyone is after him, literally. Nicholas is asked to help his brother on a project he has made, creating a CGI world with characters that are supposed ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
This is an openly Christian novel...so don't say i didn't tell you.

Now that said as I've said about other Christian reads I think some might be able to read it simply as a novel. I don't know that, I guess each can see for him 0r her self.

Anyway...that out of the way, this is an excellent read. I've decided to go 4 stars as I think the way the book ends while having a heartwarming twist sort of still kind of pulls the plug on the point of the book.

Others however may disagree with me on that to.
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Crystal
Oct 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I started this book, I knew it sounded like a good book, but I never thought I would be as thoroughly sucked into the book as I was. In the first 5 pages I was already not wanting to put it down and I went through the first 100 pages no problem on the first night (and I was tired and not feeling well). The second night I would have finished it, but I became very sleepy, but I did get through about 150 pages, I even stayed up late to get that far.

The story in this book is really comprised of
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Laura
Nov 01, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The God Hater by Bill Myers is a fast-paced novel that is hard to put down. It is an interesting concept, what would happen if a world were created without the concept of God? What would people do? How would they survive and advance in life? Well, in The God Hater a virtual reality world has been created just like that and what happens is very intriguing.

Our main character Nicholas MacKenzie, is an atheist who has been roped into helping his brother Travis with an unusual computer program. A vir
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Becca
Jan 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
The God Hater is about an atheistic philosophy professor, Nicholas Mackenzie, who is asked to help with a computer program. This computer program contains an entire world and characters who think, react, and feel just like real people. The programmers believe they have thought of everything and made the program perfect. But everytime they run it, the characters end up self-destructing. Nicholas reluctantly decides that they need to introduce religion into the program. But that too fails. Even gi ...more
Keiki Hendrix
Feb 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You’ve met Nicholas Mackenzie before. His words are those of the argumentative atheist. Banking on his intellectual ability, he prides himself in relentlessly engaging Christians in theological debates.

It is his vitamin of choice, his adrenaline rush. In truth, it is his defense mechanism.

When you learn of his history, you understand why. His son is dead and he was to blame. It was a plane crash. Nicholas was the pilot. It is true that suffering tragedy and trials will either make us bitter or b
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Cristy
Brilliant!.. that's how I'd describe Bill Myers THE GOD HATER in one word.
Our protagonist is Dr. Nicholas Mackenzie, a God and religion hating, atheist Philosophy Professor who has made a career and a name for himself disparaging all who dare challenge him on the topic of creation. When his delinquent younger brother Travis is successfull in creating a cyber world of true Artificial Intelligence, Nicholas reluctantly agrees to to help him overcome the programs only manger flaw.. the civilizatio
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Jessica
Nov 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
My mom recommended Myers and I almost didn't pick up this book because of the title, but am I ever glad I did. As a busy mom of 5, I can't remember the last time I read a book in a day. The characters are fairly well developed for a novel of this size and the plot moves quickly. I was facinated by the allegory. The other reviews sum up the plot nicely, so I'll leave it at that.
Lieniitte (Liene)
I'm torn between 3 and 4 stars. The story itself and the execution of it would be 2.5 - 3 stars, but the fact that it brings up some good points and the analogy in it deserves 4 stars! So my 3 star rating is based on the fact that Goodreads says it means I liked it. :D

Definitely worth the read, but I wish the story had been developed a bit more.
Bonnie Calhoun
Jun 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was a work of genius! It brought together the whole thought process about what God thinks and feels for us, and what we think about what God does in our lives. Brilliant! I was glued to the pages trying to decide what would happen next.
Brent
Jan 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-1000-fy17
This is a work of fiction. An allegory of how a man comes to understand God, by experiencing life from God's point of view. Its like a cross between 'God's Not Dead' and "Matrix'.
Shawn Mullin
Aug 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating

This book is a good read. It was not my favorite that he's written. That said it was not as good as the other books he's written. However, it's a good rainy day book.
Barb Irwin
Jun 03, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: allegory
Unique way of saying we can't do without God.
Kim
Nov 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am enjoying his writing. This was a great read of bringing Christ's love alive.
Lisa Hess
Apr 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was recently sitting with a group of writers to whom Bill Meyers said, in so many words, while this isn't his most popular book, it's his personal favorite. So of course I had to read it.

I gave this book 4 instead of 5 stars only because, as Meyers implies in the novel's introduction, fictional analogies to the true sovereignty and sacrifice of our God will always fall short on some level. That said, I loved this story about a "cranky, atheistic philosophy professor who is chosen by a group o
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F. Atchley
Oct 25, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Have you ever read a book and thought: “Man, I wish I had come up with this concept!” That was The God Hater for me. It touched on so many themes, and aspects that are part of what I love like computers, technology, philosophy and a parents love for their children.

Here's a quick synopsis

A group of scientist creates a computer-generated world meant to mimic our own. It’s sort of like an MMO, but everyone is an NPC. They just turn it on and watch. The idea being that if they can get these ‘people’
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Sandie
Jan 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was absolutely an enthralled with The God Hater by Bill Myers and that is a big admission for me to make. I am someone who dislikes anything remotely espousing technological gobble-de-gook or a sci-fi premise and as for the Christian lit arena or any theological essays, they are not and will most likely never be my genres of choice. I do however, enjoy good writing, great character development, wonderful imagery and thought provoking subject matter and on those counts Mr. Myers has delivered i ...more
Valerie Comer
Aug 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Imagine a virtually realistic world designed to figure out how to save our own world from its inevitable self-destruction. No matter how many ways super genius Travis plays out the various scenarios, the end result is always the same. Thinking he must have missed something, he contacts his brother Nicholas, a reclusive professor, to bounce ideas.

Nicholas, an avid atheist who loves nothing more than shredding incoming students’ faith, is shocked to find that the premier male in the VR world is pa
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Jill Williamson
Nov 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Review by Jill Williamson

Dr. Nicholas Mackenzie, an atheistic philosophy professor, is nearly abducted by men looking for his brother, Travis. A few days later, Travis finds Nicholas and begs him to help with his latest project. He and some associates have built a computer-generated world, but the civilizations keep killing themselves off. They need someone to create a philosophy for the people in the program, to see if they can find a model that won’t end in extinction.

Bill Myer is so clever an
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Greg
Aug 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great novel - will get you thinking.

The story of a cranky philosophy professor, who absolutely hates God after the death of his only son, get's an opportunity to "play" God for an Artificial Intelligence Experiment - how will he respond? Will he respond just like the God whom he now hates and denies the existence of, or will he respond like the atheists and evolutionists that he now follows and revers?

There is an element of action and adventure as well because the A.I. experiment is so successfu
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Roxy Alice
In Bill Myers' "The God Hater," the cutting edge of technology meets the cutting edge of contempt. Central to the story is Dr. Nicholas Mackenzie, a brilliant, yet embittered, university professor.
Mackenzie is not only a "God hater" but an acerbic critic of all forms of theology. A man of many quirks -- most particularly a deep-seated mistrust of electronic gadgets and other variations of modern communication -- Mackenzie holds himself severely aloof from fellow academics, from students, and fro
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Evangheline Farcas
Nicholas is an anti-religion professor who would outdebate the best of them. He sees religion as the downfall of man, until his brother Travis presents him with a complex computer program. In the program he has created a whole world and the main character in the program is called Alpha designed after Nicholas's dead son. In the program they try to create a world where people would survive without the confines of religion, however they soon discover that no matter what they try the world destroys ...more
Fred Kohn
I've had my eye on this book for some time as one that would make an excellent read. My oh my, what a bumpy ride! When I read at the beginning of the introduction, "I've tried to make the science and theology reasonably accurate," I knew there was trouble ahead. When at the end of the note he calls out pseudoscience promoter Lee Strobel for special acknowledgement, I had grave doubts.

100 pages in I almost put the book down in disgust. The author totally conflates neo-Darwinism and social Darwini
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Gail Welborn
Mar 31, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The God Hater, by Bill Myers, Howard Books, 2010, 320 Pages, ISBN-13: 978-1439153260, $14.99

The limousine driver unexpectedly pulled to the curb and Dr. Nicholas Mackenzie's curt questions were silenced when Homeland Security Agent, Brand Thompson quickly opened the back door and slipped in. The agent flipped open his credentials and said, "It's about your brother....Travis Mackenzie" before the professor could say another word.

Award-winning author of more than sixty national and international
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Nicki
This is a really good story. In fact, I had to ration myself whilst listening to this because it was so good. I really didn’t want it to end. It kept my attention, and made me wonder how it was all going to end. And what an ending, not disappointing at all. this was my first book by Bill Myers, so wasn’t too sure what to expect. I thought it might be a bit corny actually, and full of cliches, but not at all. I have read other Christian fiction which I really didn’t like for those very reasons. T ...more
Carolyn Benton
Sep 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bill Myers demonstrates a parallel universe where religion is necessary to succeed in life lasting past a short period of time. In this parallel universe, there are those who rebel against the "Law", and those to claim to have acheived success in living the "perfect" life following the Law, similar to how our world is seen While the author's examples miss the mark slightly on what Jesus did and what God is able to do still today, and the mental illustrations can not properly reflect all that was ...more
Hanna
Mar 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those with an interest in religious topics
Apologetics in fiction format, with a mild twist of Sci-fi!

PLOT: Somebody invents very realistic world in Cyber space, inhabited by realistic simulated humans. It is discovered that the cyber world cannot function without a guiding moral philosophy. An (atheist) philosopher is called in to provide such a philosophy

Gradually events conspire to fine tune the moral philosophy so that it inevitably gets closer and closer to the Christian message in the Gospel..

Meanwhile crooks as well as a sinister
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Dave
What can I say… I’m the God Hater hater. This book should have a target audience of 15 year old boys with its ridiculous high action parts that ruin what could have been an almost readable book. However, it is targeted to Christians with an updated cyber-Jesus version of the Bible which is somewhat interesting, but becomes tacky at the end and at times I even tasted a little bile in my mouth. This one really needed to go back to the drawing board a few more times, but that is not to say that the ...more
Brianna
Jun 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian-lit
Don't take the allegory too seriously and you'll enjoy this one just fine. I would have liked to see a little bit more of the existentialist side fleshed out, i.e. you are your lived experiences. This is what accounted for (view spoiler) The climax felt a bit rushed in the 'real world', as if the computer world had been written very carefully and the background was just there as a loose framework/afterthought. It w ...more
Renee Abernathy
Mar 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing

I think this is the most amazing, original book I have ever read. It is nearly impossibly to stop reading. The action is mind blowing. It is totally a superior book. It is incomprehensible and really difficult to even explain.
Elisa
Dec 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh, this book was good. It had been awhile since I finished a book so quickly - but this one captivated me. I loved the juxtaposition of the real world with the artifical intelligence world. Definitely worth reading!
Barbara
Jun 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a story about two brothers who create a world in which the people in the computer world develop minds of their own. Travis is the brother who controls this make believe world, and Nicholas is brought into the project to add some "depth" to the characters. I thought it was amazing what might be able to be done with computers. It's also somewhat scary if a lot of this can come true. Towards the end of the book, you realize the direction this new world is taking. I thought it became a littl ...more
Sara
Dec 03, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
This book is a contemporary novel about an atheistic Philosophy professor named Nicholas Mackenzie. Nicholas and one of his co-workers, Annie, get involved in a sociology experiment that is spearheaded by Nicholas’s brother, Travis. This project involves the creation of a computer-generated world that is to be used for research purposes, studying how societies react to various commercial and political variables. However, the people in this computer world never survive much longer than a generati ...more
Kat
Oct 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sadly, I cannot recommend this for secular reading. I'd love to be able to do so but it's just too obvious in it's Christian allegory and the story itself is not strong enough. The premise (sort of a Tron type thing) is awesome but the story lacks depth outside of the computer. The characters in our reality seem to do nothing but run around scared with no real answers about the danger. In the computer reality, on the other hand, the characters are great and the allegory is, if obvious, quite wel ...more
Rachel
Mar 26, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I listened to the audiobook. Interesting premise. The "allegory" seemed too obvious
Stanley
Dec 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I absorbed this book in audio format and thoroughly enjoyed it.
Betty Dickie
This was a fascinating story about a man, totally ruled by logic, who rejects religion and God in any form. When his brother manages to create artificial intelligence and needs help giving his creations a reason not to kill each other, Nicholas is forced to come up with a philosophy for these people. "Programmer" tells them they must take dominion over their domain. Then, come the temples, the laws, and the punishments. It starts to bear a strong resemblance to Israel 2000 years ago. A good read ...more
Theresa
Oct 14, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Older Teens through Adult
Recommended to Theresa by: FIRST
This was a great read and should really be rated at 4.5. I was held captivated with the idea of a computer program that could run each philosophical theory and show (not by the programmer's choice) that these humanistic views would fail in the end. To come up with a solution that these programmers were trying so hard to avoid, made this a most delicious read. The ending, although quite predictable, had a nice surprise twist to it. Truly an enjoyable book!!
Eric Reidsma
Sep 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A modern Chronicles of Narnia, though not quite on the same literary level it’s still a great story that parallels the redemptive work of Christ and makes you take a look at it on a different stage. Like one of my favorite movies - The Matrix it also gets into the virtual world thing that intrigues me. They story flips between the real world and a computer generated virtual world - It’s not too hard follow, but does provoke a little deep thinking.
Patrick Cox
Aug 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very good book. More awesome story telling from Bill Myers.
Birgit Mayr
This book felt pretty contrived. The author had an ideology to promote and did it by packing the plot around it. I prefer when a book's statement emerges organically out of a well-written story. Having said that, I still really liked the book! I liked the premise, the pace was good, and it ended with a clever twist. Additionally, the author did a good job of illustrating what's wrong with organized religion.
Sarah
Aug 07, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels, fantasy
This book was based on an interesting concept in speculative fiction. It was exciting to see how it played out in the book. It did not quite have the "can't-put-it-down" value of some, but it was reasonably addicting. There were a few overly constructed-feeling moments in the book, but the ending was very well crafted. Not a bad choice for Christian speculative fiction.
Tessa Small
Jul 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fast paced combination of action and sci-fi, that makes one realise just how messed up our world would be if we didn't have an all loving God who guides us, loves us, intercedes for us and who ultimately sacrificed himself for us. The analogy of the story to the gospels is really good and the book is one you don't really want to put down until you've turned that last page.
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Bill Myers was born into a Christian home, and although as a child he became bored with Christianity, he decided at the University of Washington quote, to "make God my boss." Ironically, at the University his worst subject was writing. He claims to have prayed, and said that he would be able to do anything for God, except write. Even so, he has become a prominent Christian writer, and has a large ...more
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