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"All thinking men are atheists," Ernest Hemingway famously wrote. True? Here are quips, quotes, and questions from a distinguished assortment of geniuses and jokers, giving readers a chance to decide for themselves....

"When I think of all the harm [the bible] has done, I despair of ever writing anything to equal it." Oscar Wilde

"SAINT, n. A dead sinner revised and edited." Ambrose Bierce

"There ain't no answer. There ain't going to be any answer. There never has been an answer. That's the answer." Gertrude Stein

"Do not let yourself be deceived: great intellects are skeptical." Friedrich Nietzsche

"Millions long for immortality who don't know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon." Susan Ertz

"God is love, but get it in writing." Gypsy Rose Lee

"Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of our own mind." Ralph Waldo Emerson

"The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one." George Bernard Shaw

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< p> All thinking men are atheists, Ernest Hemingway famously wrote. True? Here are quips, quotes, and questions from a distinguished assortment of geniuses and jokers, giving readers a chance to decide for themselves.... < /p> < p> < i> When I think of all the harm the bible] has done, I despair of ever writing anything to equal it.< /i> < br> Oscar Wilde < /p> < p> < i> SAINT, n. A dead sinner revised and edited.< /i> < br> Ambrose Bierce < /p> < p> < i> There ain't no answer. There ain't going to be any answer. There never has been an answer. That's the answer.< /i> < br> Gertrude Stein < /p> < p> < i> Do not let yourself be deceived: great intellects are skeptical.< /i> < br> Friedrich Nietzsche < /p> < p> < i> Millions long for immortality who don't know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon.< /i> < br> Susan Ertz < /p> < p> < i> God is love, but get it in writing.< /i> < br> Gypsy Rose Lee < /p> < p> < i> Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of our own mind.< /i> < br> Ralph Waldo Emerson < /p> < p> < i> The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one.< /i> < br> George Bernard Shaw < /p>

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Here is a collection of quotations, quips, and musings from scientists, writers, philosophers, and comedians throughout history who have questioned the wisdom--and sanity--of organized religion.

About the Author

Joan Konner is a veteran, award-winning journalist in television and print. She served for nine years as Dean of the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, where she introduced and taught a course in "Covering Ideas," and was publisher of the Columbia Journalism Review from 1988 to 1999. Her most recent television production was "The Mystery of Love," a 2-hour documentary special broadcast on public television in December 2006. She has produced more than 50 documentaries for public and commercial television, including the legendary six part television documentary Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth. She also founded Public Affairs Television in partnership with Bill Moyers, and served as President of the company and Executive Producer of such series as God and Politics, In Search of the Constitution, and The World of Ideas. Her work has been widely honored: in addition to 16 Emmys, she has won the Peabody Award; Alfred. I. duPont Award; three American Bar Association Awards; the Columbia Graduate School of Journalisms Alumni Award; and the New Jersey Press Womens Association Award for Outstanding Accomplishment. She has also been a member of the Pulitzer Prize Board. She is now Professor Emerita and Dean Emerita of the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, and lives with her husband in New York City.

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absolut01, September 12, 2007 (view all comments by absolut01)
I have spent the last few hours with the Atheist’s Bible; despite my prior acquaintance with the project, and despite the book being a collection of quotes that was therefore never meant to be read in one sitting, I found myself utterly transfixed.

First of all, a comment: Apocalyptus is absolutely brilliant. Notonly is the word evocative – I imagine a Dr. Seuss-like tree, allpurple and malicious and omnivorous – but the fact that it includesbut one quote, this quote, from that man, makes it land with the thud of a thousand pages.

Furthermore, this entry perfectly captures the power of the entire collection. Unlike Huberman’s silly Quotable Atheist – a locomotive that runs out of steam within a few pages, leaving the reader exhausted and somewhat queasy – the Atheist’s Bible’s first merit is its design. The decision to divide the collection into small “books,” apart from providing an elegant structural framework, also allows the reader a firmly paved path into the heart of the atheist
endeavor. By echoing the Bible, and by choosing your books not capriciously or randomly but – this is true particularly in the first half of the collection – according to grand theological concerns or subjects, you allow the reader not only the entertainment and edification that comes with the pithy entries, but also the opportunity to gaze – for the first time, perhaps – at a clear, well-selected array of counter-arguments. In this way, the Atheist’s Bible is more like a bible than, perhaps, you would care to admit: Dealing with knowledge, truth and virtue, it gently dismisses the necessity of a divine creator, and provides a solid foundation for a humanistic, often materialistic, always morally minded life.

The tone, then, is the book’s other great triumph: While I have my own, very minor issues with a handful of the quotes (I think, for example, that angry blowhards like Sam Harris and Dawkins could
have been excused, and also was not entirely at ease with quotes by St. Paul and Aquinas that, torn out of context, seem to suggest that these men might have professed, even in passing, a kernel of disbelief or doubt), I think that the overall selection is just right. The quotes are often biting but never caustic, often doubting but never dismissive, often firm but never condescending. While not an atheist myself, I think the voice that emanates from the lion’s share of this book is one that all those who hold religion suspect should be immensely proud of; it is the voice of reason, divorced from anger or malice.

To that end, the Book of Laughter is a masterful touch. More than just a comic relief, it conveys, I think, a fundamental truth about those of us, whether we believe in God or not, who do not subscribe to holy texts and divine truths, namely that we hold humor, and its potential to simultaneously raise painful questions and provide a relief from unpleasant truths, as, well, almost sacred.
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lamina, July 17, 2007 (view all comments by lamina)
many of the sayings are insightful and some even funny. you have a variety of people in this book as well. benjamin franklin, fredrick douglas, and more.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780061349157
Subtitle:
An Illustrious Collection of Irreverent Thoughts
Author:
Konner, Joan
Author:
by Joan Konner
Publisher:
Ecco
Subject:
General
Subject:
Atheism
Subject:
General Philosophy
Subject:
Religion Comparative-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20070612
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
11 x 9.25 in 8.32 oz

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"Synopsis" by , < p> All thinking men are atheists, Ernest Hemingway famously wrote. True? Here are quips, quotes, and questions from a distinguished assortment of geniuses and jokers, giving readers a chance to decide for themselves.... < /p> < p> < i> When I think of all the harm the bible] has done, I despair of ever writing anything to equal it.< /i> < br> Oscar Wilde < /p> < p> < i> SAINT, n. A dead sinner revised and edited.< /i> < br> Ambrose Bierce < /p> < p> < i> There ain't no answer. There ain't going to be any answer. There never has been an answer. That's the answer.< /i> < br> Gertrude Stein < /p> < p> < i> Do not let yourself be deceived: great intellects are skeptical.< /i> < br> Friedrich Nietzsche < /p> < p> < i> Millions long for immortality who don't know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon.< /i> < br> Susan Ertz < /p> < p> < i> God is love, but get it in writing.< /i> < br> Gypsy Rose Lee < /p> < p> < i> Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of our own mind.< /i> < br> Ralph Waldo Emerson < /p> < p> < i> The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one.< /i> < br> George Bernard Shaw < /p>
"Synopsis" by , Here is a collection of quotations, quips, and musings from scientists, writers, philosophers, and comedians throughout history who have questioned the wisdom--and sanity--of organized religion.
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