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The God Delusion tipped me from agnostic to atheist, and gushed this to RD when I met him! Since then, I've found some great youtube videos by Qualia Soup and TheraminTrees. They have very very well-made videos about atheism and evolution. I've been an atheist for a while, but it still tickles me to hear a beautifully constructed argument :)

Sun, 12 Dec 2010 19:06:57 UTC | #562152

Go to: The Australian Book of Atheism

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I'm a little annoyed by what's going on here. I don't know what the beef that Eureka72 has with MrEmbiggen (the editor?) (or the book or an author in the book or with the publishers or with Australians) and I don't really care to be honest. I wrote my review because I read it and liked it. End of. And for some complete stranger who clearly has an agenda to a) imply I'm lying b) carry on like this is on RDF.com is grossly inappropriate. Perhaps he is from a religious background? Whatever the case may be, please sir, refrain from pointedly insulting other people in this forum, especially since the editor's reply seemed balanced and measured, and not acidic.

Sun, 12 Dec 2010 19:00:57 UTC | #562151

Go to: Clinton John Dawkins

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Dear Professor Dawkins, Much love and sympathy. I lost my mother when I was 17 and know the dearth of absolute comfort. I hope with all my heart that you find closure, acceptance and light somehow. XOlivia

Sat, 11 Dec 2010 03:44:01 UTC | #561567

Go to: The Australian Book of Atheism

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I received an advance copy of this book as I head up a rationalist/ atheist group at uni. I'm a junkie for the heavy-hitters' books like "The End of Faith" and "God is Not Great", so wasn't expecting very much when I was told it was written by Australians and to expect it in the mail. To be honest, the movement has been led so far by movers and shakers in the US and the UK and I was skeptical about an Australian book. Really? Who are these people? I recognised some of the names from the Global Rise of Atheism convention in Melbourne in March 2010, but still..

Boy, was I surprised. And it was a good kick up the bum for only reluctantly reading this Australian book of atheism. (And I'm Aussie too... *shame)

The minute I opened up the package, I realised that this was the shiz. I don't know about anyone else here, but I'm a sucker for well-printed books. Great typesetting, great cover design... someone's put in a lot of effort into this beautiful book.

And then the first chapter. It will win me or cause me to flick through the book.

It won me. And by a mile. After that, every well-written, thoughtful, well-edited, punchy chapter by the 33 different authors made me PROUD to be an Australian. And an atheist. The movement of reason has come to Australia and this is it's manifesto. The Australian Book of Atheism is going to find its rightful place alongside the "The God Delusion" on the shelf entitled: "Books that SERIOUSLY MATTER. Now, do your brain and society a favour, and read these!!"

6 stars out of 5

Sat, 11 Dec 2010 03:29:15 UTC | #561566

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