Skepchick Quickies, 3.17

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I trust you’re all wearing green to avoid getting pinched? Unless you’re into that sort thing, of course.


Jen is a writer and web designer/developer in Columbus, Ohio. She spends too much time on Twitter at @antiheroine.

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  1. I think the title of “I Don’t Believe in Atheists” is plain stupid. Beyond that, Hedges has some very interesting things to say about the interaction of religion (and nonreligion) with politics, and I think the book is worth reading by anyone who has read any of the other recent literature about atheism.

    But Hedges did himself a disservice by framing the book as a critique of Dawkins, Harris, etc. because in many cases he’s totally misrepresenting what they wrote. He should have just stuck to writing his own ideas on the topic, as he has in his other books, and this book would have been much better. As it is, it just sounds like he’s mad because the so-called “New Atheists” don’t like what he believes in. Hedges is a better writer — and thinker — than that. It’s a shame he didn’t do his best writing in this book. But, then again, believers tend to become irate when people insult their gods.

    I saw a debate between Chris Hedges and Sam Harris on this topic on TV a few months ago, and Hedges was completely incoherent. I had read some of his other writing (books and online) in the past and was hoping he’d do a better job in writing about this topic than he did in debating it.

    Oh well. I bet his publisher was pushing him to rush his book to market. Too bad.

  2. One of the best collections of quickies I have seen so far!

    That Hedges essay was intolerable. The Pharyngula response helped lower my blood pressure, though.

  3. I was unfamiliar with Hedges before, so this probably was not the best introduction to him.

    Glad you enjoyed today’s post, w_nightshade :)

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