The first atheist critic to read and review WND columnist Vox Day’s book, “The Irrational Atheist,” has been left flummoxed and frustrated by its content, cursing the fact the new work is both “amazing” and, to him, “depressing.”
Wrote Brent Rasmussen on the blog Unscrewing the Inscrutable:
“I am not going to go into a point by point review of the various arguments that Day addressed in ‘The Irrational Atheist.’ Suffice it to say that by the end of the chapters dealing with the individual [atheist] authors, I was happy that it was over. It was a thorough, detailed, dispassionate (with a little snarky levity thrown into the footnotes for flavor), and completely disheartening take-down of some of the best arguments that the godless have put into print ? on their own terms, without using the Bible (in the first part of the book, that is), or any other sacred text to do it with. Amazing. And depressing. It is not my place to defend their books. I truly hope that they do find time to defend and clarify their books, specifically to the counter-arguments and claims made by Vox Day in TIA, though, because they really need to. Trust me, it wasn’t pretty.”
Rasmussen said he had his “BS meter cranked up to 11 as I read through the book twice in an attempt to sniff out something that I could use” ? but to no avail: “The damned thing only went off a couple of times, and only when Day was explicitly talking about God and/or Jesus and his personal belief in the Christian mythology.
“S–t. Double s–t.”
Day’s book takes on atheist authors Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Christopher Hitchens, Daniel Dennett and Michel Onfray using reason, history and science ? not theology.
“My advice is to read this book ? and then do your damnedest to find something in it that you can argue against,” Rasmussen advises his fellow atheists. “Something beyond ‘that’s stupid!’ ? which is what always seems to be the first-blush response from an atheist to a theist. I couldn’t do it. Maybe you’ll have better luck than I did. I hope you do. ?
“I strongly encourage Dr. Dawkins, Dr. Dennett, Hitch, Harris and M’sieur Onfray to respond to TIA. It is not your run-of-the-mill ‘flea’ book looking to make a quick buck. ? It’s the real deal.”