Growing up you believe the world is meant to be the way it is. The older I get the more I realise that this is not the case. The world is full of injustices and atrocities that governments and the voice of faith expect us to accept, though with each passing year they grow fewer and fewer, at least one would hope. I have created this blog as a space for me to rant about all things science, politics, philosophy and religion, before it’s too late and the vessel of new atheism propelled by a growing surge in secularism solves all of the world’s problems for good.

Monday, 25 April 2011

Current Reading - The Australian Book of Atheism

The book I’m currently reading, The Australian Book of Atheism put together by a guy named Warren Bonett who is the owner of the secular book store Embiggen Books, which is currently translocating from Noosa, Qld to Melbourne, Vic.



“Does the Anzac ethos have roots in atheism? Does prayer have a place in parliament? Should creation science be taught in Australian schools? Is atheism maligned in political debate? Will Australia's future be godless?  While prominent international thinkers have made significant contributions to the general conversation on belief and religion, Australians have been less heard.  

The Australian Book of Atheism is the first collection to explore atheism from an Australian viewpoint. Bringing together essays from 32 of the nation's pre-eminent atheist, rationalist, humanist, and skeptic thinkers, it canvasses a range of opinions on religion and secularism in Australia.  

Including contributions from Michael Bachelard, Dr Leslie Cannold, Robyn Williams, Lyn Allison, Tim Minchin, and Phillip Nitschke, this diverse and entertaining collection showcases the unique character of Australian atheism".

I’m about a third of the way through and if it wasn’t for work and study I don’t think I’d be able to put the thing down. Definitely recommend it to anyone interested in atheism in an Australian context. I've already learned a great deal I didn't know about the history of atheism here. 

Pete.

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