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The Atheist's Guide to Christmas,9780061997976

The Atheist's Guide to Christmas

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9780061997976

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0061997978
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Pub. Date:
11/2/2010
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Harpercollins
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Summary

What do you get an atheist for Christmas?If you're an atheist, you don't believe in the three wise men, so this Christmas, we bring you not three, but forty-two wise men and women, bearing gifts of comedy, science, philosophy, the arts, and knowledge. What does it feel like to be born on Christmas day? How can you most effectively use lights to make your house visible from space? And where can you listen to the echoes of the Big Bang on December 25? The Atheist's Guide to Christmas answers all these questions and more: Richard Dawkins tells an original Christmas story. Phil Plait fact-checks the Star of Bethlehem. Neal Pollack teaches his family a lesson on holiday spirit. Simon Singh offers a very special scientific experiment. Simon le Bon loses his faith (but keeps church music). AC Grayling explains how to have a truly happy Christmas.Plus thirty-six other brilliant, funny, free-thinking pieces perfect for anyone who doesn't think of holidays as holy days.All author advances and royalties for The Atheist's Guide to Christmas will go to Terrence Higgins Trust.

Author Biography

Robin Harvie is an atheist, publisher and author of Why We Run: The Story of an Obsession. He lives in London. Stephanie Meyers is a book editor and an avid believer in receiving presents, decorating trees, and making the most of post-holiday sales. She lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Welcomep. xi
Stories
It's Beginning to Feel a Lot Like Christmasp. 3
Revenge of the Christmas Spiritp. 9
The Real Christmas Storyp. 15
A Child Was Born on Christmas Dayp. 21
110 Love Streetp. 27
Losing My Faithp. 31
Hark the Herald Villagers Singp. 37
The Christmas Miracle Event: A Storyp. 43
Science
The Sound of Christmasp. 57
The Great Bus Mysteryp. 63
Starry, Starry Nightp. 71
The Ironed Trouser: Why 93 Percent of Scientists Are Atheists (Depending on Whom You Ask)p. 79
The Large Hadron Collider: A Scientific Creation Storyp. 87
How to Understand Christmas: A Scientific Overviewp. 93
How To
How to Have the Perfect Jewish Christmasp. 103
How to Have a Peaceful Pagan Christmasp. 107
I'm Dreaming of a Green Christmasp. 115
How to Stop Worrying and Enjoy Christmasp. 125
How to Decorate the Outside of Your House with Lights and Not Have Your Neighbors Hate You: A Guide to Turning Your Home into a Festive Something That Is So Bright It Can Be Seen from Spacep. 133
How to Escape from Christmasp. 139
Gifts for the Godlessp. 147
Philosophy
If God Existed, Would He Have a Sense of Humor?p. 155
Unsilent Nightp. 159
Imagine There's a Heavenp. 165
A Happy Christmasp. 171
Beloved Buzzkillp. 177
Stay Away from My Goddamn Presentsp. 185
The First Honest Christmas Round-Robin Letterp. 191
There Are No Atheists in the White Housep. 195
Arts
An Atheist at the Moviesp. 205
A Christmas Albump. 213
Rockin' Around the Christmas Treep. 219
God Isn't Realp. 225
The Godless Concertsp. 233
Events
God Trumpsp. 241
Designing the Atheist Bus Campaignp. 249
The Little Atoms Radio Showp. 257
James Randi: The Real Santa Clausp. 265
A Day in the Life of a Godless Magazinep. 273
Front Line in the War on Christmasp. 279
Contributor Biographiesp. 287
About the Editorsp. 305
Secular Resourcesp. 307
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