For a small donation, this atheist classic could be yours
Central to Pemberton’s fundraising mission is a solo round trip of 10,000 km by car from his home in Spain to the Arctic and back. He embarks on his “raving mad” drive at the end of this month, taking with him a Go-Pro camera to document every stage of his trip.
After I learned of his planned journey, I wrote a feature article about the man who conceived Doctor Who’s sonic screwdriver for The Pink Humanist magazine, pointing out that Help for Heroes had set up an official Just Giving fundraising page for Pemberton called The Arctic Adventure.
Today, after I received from Prometheus Books a paperback reprint of George H Smith’s classic atheist treatise, Atheism The Case Against God, the idea struck me that it could be used to help Pemberton raise funds for Help for Heroes.
Simply donate whatever you can afford to The Arctic Adventure, and email me – firstname.lastname@example.org – to confirm that you have made a donation. The names of all those who respond to this appeal will be put in a hat and a winner of Smith’s book will announced on Wednesday, July 20.
Is Smith’s new edition worth having? Definitely, as it contains a foreword by Lawrence M Krauss, the renowned American theoretical physicist and cosmologist, who describes the term “new atheists” as “pejorative and without meaning”, and points out that:
While books like The God Delusion and God is Not Great, The End of Faith, and perhaps also A Universe from Nothing have helped atheism resurface in the media, atheism itself has been around since humans invented the concept of God.
Two decades before Richard Dawkins was calling belief in God a “delusion”, Smith was making the same point in Atheism The Case Against God.
In it, Smith sets out to demolish what he considers the most widespread and destructive of all the myths devised by human beings – the concept of a supreme being.
With painstaking scholarship and rigorous arguments, Smith examines, dissects, and refutes the myriad “proofs” offered by theists – sophisticated, professional theologians – as well as run-of-the-mill religious numbskulls.
He explores the historical and psychological havoc wrought by religion in general and concludes that religious belief cannot have any place in the life of modern, rational man.