Atheism in Personal Narrative: "Generation Atheism" by Dan Riley
Given that the author was kind enough to send me a free copy, the least I can do is blog about his rather wonderful little book, which I can honestly say is compelling enough to have sucked me in for reading almost half of it upon opening. Generation Atheist is a brilliantly simple concept that will warm the cockles of nontheists everywhere. It's basically 25 different narratives told in their own words of 25 very different people from very different backgrounds, and how they came to be atheists, doubters, humanists, secularists, and nonbelievers. I tossed in all the phrases because this truly is a diverse group of people and other than lack of belief in a supernatural presence in the universe, little else holds them in common.
I particularly enjoyed the story of the Pakistani ex-Muslim atheist.
Such a brave young person indeed. What made me happiest to read in that story of the journey towards freethought was his notion that the internet, more than anything else, will eventually help the human race evolve away from the impulse to sustain antiquated religious belief. It's an argument I've been making for many years now and it felt good to see that confirmed in at least one person's case. The simple ability of being able to use a search engine that billions now enjoy may turn out to be as revolutionary in this respect as I had hoped. I'm sure religion will always be with us, but at least today it has some healthy competition.
I first came across this book via Hemant & Co, whom I read often even as I don't always agree with (I'm really not so much the "friendly" type, heh). But if you're looking for a good holiday season gift for the nonbeliever or questioning type in your life, this would make a great choice. It's self-published, too, so no worries about supporting evil as you make your purchase.