Fredric L. Rice
on April 18, 2014 :
I very much enjoyed this book! In the genre of occult anti-science writing this is a very good work, and everyone who is interested in observing the decline of academic standards and the rise of abject occult delusion in the United States should obtain this book and give it a read.
The author starts out assuming that only atheists are intelligent enough to understand the core basics of science and, indeed, the book as a whole is an ironic assault on the intelligence of theists couched in the rhetoric of "being uneducated, dimwitted, and stupid is godly" and thus something to strive for, a goal to achieve for the betterment of oneself.
This is a common theme among anti-science cultists however the author has gone to considerable effort to ensure that the "dumb is better" ideal drips from every page, while reading the book one never forgets the over-riding statement being underscored: Accepting science, reality, education, information, knowledge, and improving one's understanding of the real world and the Universe in which we inhabit is all "of Satan" and, as such, the intelligent among us are either "deluded by Satan" or some how Satan's pawns -- with further irony stemming from the fact that most theists accept the artifacts of scientific fact and that Creationist cultists such as the author are in the vast, astonishingly small minority.
What I liked the most about the book was the supposition that Christianity is some how different from all the other religions which have come before and after Christianity, the supposition that the endless parade of gods and goddesses before, during, and after Christianity are some how different from the author's own gods and goddesses. The belief that the author's gods some how rise above the swamp of the available Pantheon is well-described in the book, well underscored, and profoundly delusional.
The book could have been made better had it been crammed packed with spelling errors and disjointed sentence structures which is increasingly common among cult savages who deny science, an artifact of the wide availability of spelling checkers embedded in word processing software which the author presumably made good use of. Personally I find amusingly-spelled words, random capitalization, and verbal-salad sentences to improve the genre of kook spew, so it was with some level of disappointment that I found the author had spent time correcting the usual artifacts of low intelligence and poor schooling.
One highlight of the book is the author proclaiming that atheists who don't have gods and goddesses nevertheless believe that said gods and goddesses exist; the author amusingly proclaims that atheists "denies the existence" of his Christian pantheon of deities, so the author expresses his lack of understanding of what atheism is.
The author describes his lack of understanding of the basics: Big-Bang cosmology, quantum fluctuations (which the author appears to know nothing about,) atheism, how "information" is "created," basic biology, basic physics, and the author of course has no idea what evolution is, what evolution is not, and what the various theories of evolution are. As is common among Creationist cultists, the author thinks that evolution some how does not happen even as the author confuses the fact of evolution with the various closely-related theories which describes the directly-observed phenomena of evolution.
The author assumes that only atheists accept the fact of evolution and proclaims Christianity to some how be "incompatible" with the fact of evolution -- as if all the hundreds of millions of Christians in the world who accept the fact of evolution are some how not Christians.
The author goes on to "explain" what "atheists" claim are the origins of life -- the author has no idea that the theories which describe the origins of life are not the same as the theories which describe the observed fact of evolution, a common mistake among Creationists of all religions which have fringe followers that refuse to accept scientific facts.
Of course no Creationist kook spew should be penned without paying homage to the lunatic belief that evolution of species has something to do with random combinations of atoms, molecules, and chemicals. The author amusingly talks about putting "protein bases in to a big bag" and randomly extracting them in to a coordinated, working genome, expressing the author's abject lack of understanding even the basics of biology.
There isn't much more to say about the usual parade of stupidity laid out grandly in the book. It runs the gauntlet of fossils which the author has no understanding of, the geologic record which the author is clueless about, Charles Darwin which the author seems to think "made it all up," and of course proclaims that Gould has "admitted" that evolution is a lie "designed to deny" that the Christian gods exist.
The book promises to provide evidence for the author's gods and goddesses however it fails profoundly in all respects for all the usual reasons why cultists are incapable of coming up with evidence for their delusions, whether they be deity constructs, vampires, werewolves, pixies, fairies, or trickle-down effects.
Still, in the genre of cult missives, this is a good effort, one that should be in the Kindles of every academic and lay person who appreciates Creationist lunacy.
(review of free book)