The Atheists Guide to Christmas
by Robin Harvie & Stephanie Meyers 2010
About the Authors
Andrew Shaffer is the New York Times bestselling author of more than a dozen books. He lives with his wife, novelist Tiffany Reisz, in Kentucky, where he teaches at the non-profit Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning.
Ariane Sherine is an author, comedy writer, journalist, singer-songwriter, podcaster and designer. She has written extensively for the Guardian, and has also written for the Observer, Sunday Times, Independent, Independent on Sunday, Daily Telegraph, Spectator, New Statesman and New Humanist. She regularly appears on television and radio.
Ariane has written scripts and jokes for the television programmes My Family (BBC One), Countdown (Channel 4), Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps (BBC Three), The Story of Tracy Beaker (BBC One), The New Worst Witch (ITV) and Space Pirates (BBC One).
She created the hugely successful Atheist Bus Campaign – the adverts on buses which proclaimed ‘There’s probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life.’ The campaign went global, running in 13 countries around the world, including in the US, Canada, Germany and New Zealand. Ariane went on to edit and compile the bestselling celebrity charity anthology The Atheist’s Guide to Christmas (HarperCollins).
About the Book
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.
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“Stuck on a holiday gift for your favorite atheist? This book will fill him with Christmas-like cheer…. If there’s one overarching takeaway…it’s that atheists have a sense of humor.” — Penthouse
“[E]ntertaining and enlightening… The Atheist’s Guide to Christmas is not only for atheists…nor is it an anti-religious rant or deep philosophical treatise. In essence… a good gift for anyone with a sense of humor.” — Technorati.com