From British daily The Morning Star:
No God in atheism
(Sunday 03 June 2007)
KARL DALLAS debunks Michel Onfray’s dogmatic history of atheism.
I opened this book hoping to engage with a robust defence of atheism. Well, judging from the title, wouldn’t you?
However, anyone seeking in this book for an examination of the issues surrounding atheism will be disappointed.
Its subtitle – The Case Against Christianity, Judaism and Islam – gives the game away.
Like Richard Dawkins’s much-hyped evangelistic atheism, it ignores its strongest case by instead focusing attention upon the misdeeds of the religious.
It is as if a defence of communism concentrated upon the horrors of fascism rather than a positive advocacy of a revolutionary world view.
What’s more, it is concentrated upon the linked monotheistic faiths which came out of the Middle East, ignoring the non-theistic religions of the rest of the world.
Onfray seeks to record the history of atheism and roots [of] it rather late in time.
He considers the case of the ex-Jesuit Cristovao Ferreira, who wrote what he called The Deception Revealed in 1636, but rejects his candidature because “he abandoned the Christian religion, but converted to Zen Buddhism. So he will not be our first atheist.”
But there is no God in Buddhism.
Another review: here.
Anti-Islamic US televangelist: here.