Book Review: God’s Defenders: What They Believe and Why They Are Wrong

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God’s Defenders: What They Believe and Why They Are Wrong

  • Author: S. T. Joshi
  • Year: 2003
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books
  • ISBN: 1591020808

S.T. Joshi socks it to religious thinkers unsparingly and unapologetically. Among his targets are William F. Buckley, C.S. Lewis and William James. He rebuts them with bracing clarity and wit, a la H.L. Mencken.

In his introduction, Joshi rejects the idea that freethinkers should “respect” religious beliefs: there is nothing worthy of respect in magical thinking. We should not, he argues, be afraid to point out the elephant in the living room, namely, that “people are stupid.”

I love Joshi. See his works on Mencken, Lovecraft and his anthology “Atheism: A Reader.”

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