Thursday, 31 October 2013

BOOK TOUR, REVIEW & GIVEAWAY -- Anti-Theist by Christopher Mallard (Religion/Philosphy)

Anti-Theist - Christopher Mallard

Christopher MallardAuthor Bio

The majority of my adult life was spent working in the oilfields of west Texas. In my spare time I taught myself how to work on computers and eventually turned it into a small business which I work from home. What does any of this have to do with religion? Nothing. Where are my degrees in theology, biology, astronomy and philosophy? I don’t have any. I am your common average Joe and that’s exactly the type of reader I’m trying to reach. Does it take a degree in theology to open the bible and see the stories told within as being immoral and violent? Can the common man not see how the religions of the world have done and are still doing immeasurable harm to society?

Genre: Religion, Philosophy
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services
Release Date: 5/15/2013
Purchase On Amazon UK//Amazon US

This book is the first in a series essentially arguing about the lack of abject morality of religion and its dangers. It’s broken down so each chapter is a topic on its own covering a variety subjects.

 From Chapter 4 – And God Made Woman
“This story (of the Levite) differs from the one about Lot because even though the horde apparently refused the virgin and the concubine, the Levite sent his new bride out anyway. And then he apparently went to bed. All that walking through the desert and tossing the pre-pubescent girl he loves, or at least the pre-pubescent girl he just bought, out to her rape and demise takes a toll on a person. No further thought of her from him till he trips over her on his way leaving town. If you keep reading the story you learn it's good he got a solid night's rest. He was so insulted that the hordes of horny homosexual Hebrews had tried to rape him and killed his concubine that he personally cut up her body and sent the parts of her to every tribe of Israel.
Why do you suppose it was that these men had no want for a virgin female? Perhaps these young girls were particularly homely? No, I suspect the reason was because the Israelites were allowed to keep virgin females for themselves as the spoils of war. Virgin girls were old hat to them. A disposable commodity, especially in times of war. I suspect the reason the concubine was sent out and not the virgin was because between the two the concubine, with her lack of an intact hymen, was the one with the least value.
And what happens to you when you die, ladies? What evidence in the bible does it give you that women will find equal treatment in the afterlife? Women are given object/ slave status throughout the bible. Women are almost always portrayed as wicked. Many of the great men of the bible who fell from grace did so because of the influence of a woman. What makes you think you're going to even be allowed in the presence of God? The 144,000 who are called to sing the song of God are called partly because they have not been 'defiled' with women.
How many female disciples were there? Hmmm. In John 6: 44 after Jesus uses five loaves of bread and two fish and feeds a multitude of people how many people did he feed? It says he fed five thousand MEN. Now, some will argue this was even more of a miracle because they didn't count the women back then, therefore he may have fed closer to ten thousand people but did you notice that little phrase, 'they didn't count women'?
No, Christian ladies have no fear and continue to pray to your God, Jesus, and when you make it to heaven you'll find you have a new body and are reborn. Yes, you'll be a virgin again with the all so precious hymen once again intact. Now I guess you know where all those virgins come from that god gives to the Muslim suicide bombers. Even if the evil God monster of the Abrahamic religions does exist how could you possibly want to follow HIM?


I've always been interested in different religions and peoples reviews on religion. To me, religion is mostly the cause of many a war, so I was intrigued to find out what the author thinks atheists and anti-theists also feel.

There are many questions I asked myself whilst reading this book as it is very thought provoking. There are also many statements of fact which re-inforced my thoughts I already had on religion. I won't say what I believe (or don't believe) for fear of being too controversial. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. The author himself has no qualms in upsetting anyone. He is a strong anti-theist and I admire him for that. In telling everyone about anti-theists and atheists, at times it is no worse that those preaching every day on the streets; in churches and even on social media. There are many thought provoking statements throughout and some may find them controversial.

"Science flies you to the moon; religion flies you into buildings" Richard Dawkins.

An Atheist - A disbelief in the existence of a deity and the doctrine that there is no deity. Basically a disbelief in a God, any God.

A Theist - Believes in one form of God or another who has a direct hand in the course of the life of the believer.  A personal "God" who lives in the sky and watches them; loves them and judges them; who they are willing to die for and in some cases kill for.

Agnostics - People who aren't sure. They're on the fence and don't know whether there is or isn't a God. 

"Isn't an agnostic just an atheist without balls?" Stephen Colbert

Tell people there's an invisible man in the sky who created the universe, and the vast majority believe you. Tell them the paint is wet, and they have to touch it to be sure" George Carlin.

I think the author is very opinionated. His views are very strong at times. I did think, he's no better than those that knock on my front door and try and preach their religion to me. (Please don't try it as you won't be welcomed in). However, this is what makes the book powerful. I'm not sure how many religious people will read the book, but I think they should.

I have read books on Buddhism, Seikhism, Judaism, Christianity and more as I like to be informed. None of the books have changed my mind and just re-inforced what I think. This book did the same.  Four stars for me, only because I found bits of it repetitive but I did enjoy the debate.

Read this book if you dare!