The Antitheist’s Dictionary
This book consists of definitions of religious words interpreted by a cynical antitheist. It is humorous, offensive and controversial.
If you are religious and easily offended then I suggest you steer well clear.
If you are not religious (or are of a less sensitive nature to your more serious religious colleagues) then dip in and have a laugh along with me.
However I should warn you; I have a serious intent as well. I view religion as a social menace that should be kept clear of children, schools and the State. I believe history has shown religion to be a major source of evil in the world. I believe it creates war, misogyny, torture, hypocrisy, exploitation, bigotry and hatred. There is little good that ever comes out of it.
I hope all religion withers away naturally. Until then I respect your right to believe in whatever brand of superstition you wish – just as long as you do not try to force it on anyone else!
Fortunately I am extremely open-minded and tolerant as you will see. This book would be terrible if I was the least bit opinionated (he says with irony).
I wanted this book to be fun but pointed. You don’t have to try hard. When it comes to it religious belief is farcical!
Having said that I have no wish to create hatred or cause upset to the deeply religious. They are entitled to their views no matter how absurd I might find them – as long as they are tolerant of others and don’t force their views on anyone (least of all children!).
I want to build a better world, in balance with nature, with equality, peace and freedom. I want a population under control and room for nature. I want purpose, challenges and fulfilment. That seems reasonable to me. We have the intelligence to create a fair world free of racism, sexism and injustice. It’s not beyond our wit.
It seems to me that the first stage is to jettison the superstitious and religious nonsense that has stultified progress for millennia. We are grown up now. We should leave the fairy tales back in the nursery. They have messed up our psyche long enough.
Furthermore, I am tired of being restricted, threatened and dictated to by religious nutcases peddling mediaeval garbage. I consider that what they trade in is dangerous, harmful and evil.
I believe that over the course of history religion has preyed on people’s gullibility and vulnerability to set up tyrannical dictatorships where those in charge are elevated in status, wealth and power.
I did not write this book out of viciousness, merely out of anger and despair. I do not wish harm on anyone. I did not write this to create disharmony but rather to shed light on the darkness of religious belief so that we may see it for what it is.
I would like to see religion replaced with individual freedom and a celebration of both our life and this wondrous universe we so briefly inhabit. I salute a future based on science, logic and liberty.
When we’ve got rid of all that religion represents we can turn our attention to sorting out some political situations that will solve the world’s problems.
I want to see a world free of poverty, war, hatred, inequality, racism, sexism and disease. I want a planet where nature can also flourish.
I believe we have the power to achieve that if we put our mind to it. I’m a helpless optimist.
May we all shine and be honoured.
PS – What I have written is the truth as I see it. I did not set out to offend or show disrespect – but, of course, inevitably I have.
To put it in context – I am constantly offended by religious people, their thoughts, the social restrictions they impose on us along with all and their vicious intolerance. They infuriate me.
BTW – if I have inadvertently missed out any religious group or practice or given too much attention to a particular cult then please let me know. I will do my best to address the omission or emphasis.
PPS – I cannot be accused of blasphemy! That is not possible!
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2 thoughts on “The Antitheist’s Dictionary – Extract 1”
Wonderful preamble to such a worthy work, but I’m afraid that being “nice” and “tolerant” and “respectful” when it comes to such consequential, debilitating, downright evil-producing hate as conservative authoritarian religion allows humanity to pour gasoline on its self-immolating social fire.
I think you are right! Authoritarian extremism deserves all the vitriol we can muster. I tried to take a lighter tone with the book – more of a mocking humour, which I thought might be more effective. I don’t know….