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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.
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
|It's Beginning to Feel a Lot Like Christmas||p. 3|
|Revenge of the Christmas Spirit||p. 9|
|The Real Christmas Story||p. 15|
|A Child Was Born on Christmas Day||p. 21|
|110 Love Street||p. 27|
|Losing My Faith||p. 31|
|Hark the Herald Villagers Sing||p. 37|
|The Christmas Miracle Event: A Story||p. 43|
|The Sound of Christmas||p. 57|
|The Great Bus Mystery||p. 63|
|Starry, Starry Night||p. 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 Story||p. 87|
|How to Understand Christmas: A Scientific Overview||p. 93|
|How to Have the Perfect Jewish Christmas||p. 103|
|How to Have a Peaceful Pagan Christmas||p. 107|
|I'm Dreaming of a Green Christmas||p. 115|
|How to Stop Worrying and Enjoy Christmas||p. 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 Space||p. 133|
|How to Escape from Christmas||p. 139|
|Gifts for the Godless||p. 147|
|If God Existed, Would He Have a Sense of Humor?||p. 155|
|Unsilent Night||p. 159|
|Imagine There's a Heaven||p. 165|
|A Happy Christmas||p. 171|
|Beloved Buzzkill||p. 177|
|Stay Away from My Goddamn Presents||p. 185|
|The First Honest Christmas Round-Robin Letter||p. 191|
|There Are No Atheists in the White House||p. 195|
|An Atheist at the Movies||p. 205|
|A Christmas Album||p. 213|
|Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree||p. 219|
|God Isn't Real||p. 225|
|The Godless Concerts||p. 233|
|God Trumps||p. 241|
|Designing the Atheist Bus Campaign||p. 249|
|The Little Atoms Radio Show||p. 257|
|James Randi: The Real Santa Claus||p. 265|
|A Day in the Life of a Godless Magazine||p. 273|
|Front Line in the War on Christmas||p. 279|
|Contributor Biographies||p. 287|
|About the Editors||p. 305|
|Secular Resources||p. 307|
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