NONFICTION

Fighting God: An Atheist Manifesto for a Religious World

Thomas Dunne: St. Martin's. Dec. 2015. 304p. ISBN 9781250064844. $36.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466871281. REL
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Dubbed "Mr. Atheist Pants" by Stephen Colbert, Silverman has been the president of American Atheists since 2010. In this, his first book, he unapologetically argues for the effectiveness of "firebrand atheism," over more diplomatic, "nice-guy" approaches. Although over the top at times, Silverman's methods are refreshingly honest. He uncompromisingly believes in equality for everyone and the end of religious privilege in America, and he is not afraid to fight, using words, to bring about that reality. This work provides a mixture of atheistic arguments, rationales for his hard-nosed strategies, and stories from the front lines of advocacy, including key court cases, the 2012 Reason Rally, and American Atheists' controversial billboard campaigns. Throughout, Silverman makes provocative arguments on topics such as Jewish atheism, Islamophobia, and cafeteria religion. Bolstered by recent polling data, he is confident that atheists are winning in America.
VERDICT This book is more about rallying the troops than convincing outsiders to join the battle. Thus, believers will most likely be so busy being offended at Silverman's barbs to notice the excellent points interspersed. Nonbelievers of all kinds are more likely to appreciate and be challenged.

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