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“Fighting God: An Atheist Manifesto for a Religious World,” Author Talk with David Silverman
January 20, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Fighting God is a firebrand manifesto from one of the most recognizable faces of atheism. In his book, Silverman – a walking, talking atheist billboard known for his appearances on Fox News – discusses the effectiveness, ethics and impact of the in-your-face-atheist who refuses to be silent.
Silverman argues that religion is more than just wrong: it is malevolent and does not deserve our respect. It is our duty to be outspoken and do what we can to bring religion down. Examining the mentality, methods and issues facing the firebrand atheist, Silverman presents an overwhelming argument for firebrand atheism and reveals:
- All religion is cafeteria religion and almost all agnostics are atheists.
- American society grants religion a privileged status, despite the intentions of the Founding Fathers.
- Christian politicians have adversely (and unconstitutionally) affected our society with regard to science, health, women’s rights, and gay rights.
- The notion of “atheist Jews” is a lie forced on us by religion.
- It is not “Islamophobia” to observe dangerous teachings and disproportionate violence in Islam.
- Atheists are slowly but surely winning the battle.
Fighting God is a provocative, unapologetic book that takes religion to task and will give inspiration to non-believers and serve as the ultimate answer to apologists.
David Silverman is the President of American Atheists, and is best known for his firebrand style of activism, which has landed him numerous appearances on The O’Reilly Factor and Hannity.
Silverman, a native of Marblehead, was raised Jewish and went through the standard religious education, but never believed. He recalls his quest for knowledge in his hometown.
“I remember when I was about 12 years old I had a conversation with my friend Kenny at the Tower School about God. He was the first person to say the words “American Atheists” to me, and this sparked an interest in other people who may be atheists. So I got on my bike and rode the two miles to the Abbot Library where they had one book – Atheism, the Case against God by George Smith. This was the only atheist book in the library at that time, but when I finished, the nice librarian told me about some dude named Richard Dawkins, who wrote The Selfish Gene. These two books set me on my road. Everything I am professionally started at the Abbot Library, and I am thrilled to speak there!”
In college, he engaged in many debates with Orthodox Jews but, since Silverman’s style is fierce but not insulting, he became very good friends with many of his opponents, eventually marrying one of them. Fighting God: An Atheist Manifesto for a Religious World, is dedicated to his formerly-orthodox wife of nearly 25 years.
Readers of Fighting God will find that Silverman can ruffle feathers. However, his points are spot-on. As Silverman’s Jewish mother told him on her death bed, he not only helps atheists, but every person in any religious minority, because in the end, he fights only for the equality that is due all of us.
Today, after nearly 20 years in activism, Silverman is arguably America’s best known atheist activist. In Fighting God, Silverman lays out why telling people God doesn’t exist and religion is a lie is not only effective, but downright nice.