Now accepting suggestions

I’m starting to create the outline for my book, and I thought it might be a good idea to ask you guys what kinds of topics you would like me to cover. Since you’ll be the ones actually BUYING the thing (well, I hope), what better way than to ask you directly what subjects you want TGA to go more in depth.

So don’t hesitate and leave a comment with your suggestions. The best ones get you a mention in the book as well!

**NOTE** Ok, some of you are wondering what the book is about; well, it’s obviously a book on atheism. There are lots of books already on the subject, and I’m curious to know what other authors have missed or neglected. Plus, it’s going to be written in my usualĀ acerbicĀ and comedic style, so I want my own fans to help me pick the topics. It’s a simple idea, don’t you think?

Comments (19)

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    Scott

    How about a list of Who’s Who in the atheist world? Having a section of famous Godless Proselytizers (including humorous write-ups, naturally) would be a good reference, and perhaps turn people onto lesser-known writers, bloggers, et al. It’s also funny to see which celebs are openly areligious(e.g. Brad Pitt, Sasha Grey, & Daniel Radcliffe)

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    Isaac

    Wow… I feel honoured! A book… Hm… What’s the book about? What is it called? I assume this is something to do with Atheism? You didn’t actually say anything about the book, you just asked for suggestions. Give us a litte information!

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    Vladimir

    It would be of interest to me if you would explore the possibilities of atheist institutions providing some of the services a church or a mosque would.

    What I mean is have a some sort of a counselor, have someone who’ll help people in need, help people socialize… I know of several couples who met in church, or business partners that got into contact like that.

    Religion is so popular because people believe, but because by doing so they integrate them selfs into something bigger, and I don’t mean that in any cosmic manner, but becoming a member of a community.

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    mikeO

    i’m going to write a book because i’m so smart

    uh you guys pick the topic

    since i’m expecting you to buy it

    —–

    also i just want to say those are some fucking terrible ideas from the commenters.

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    Jacob Fortin

    Well, it’s not a cookbook, Mike. This site is about atheism, so too will the book. I’m just wondering what kinds of topics or subject would interest you guys.

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    Isaac

    Since your asking so nicely, Homosexuality is a topic I feel especially strong for. The treatment and punishment for homosexual people have been really bad, mostly because of religion, and it’s still punishable by death in some places.

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    Matt

    I’d be interested in seeing some sort of analysis of the Creationism and Intelligent Design journals.

    People into creation and intelligent design often resort to the same, tired, arguments. They also tend to make the claim that “main stream” science is so anti-creation that there “science” never gets a chance to be published. So, they go and make up their own “peer reviewed” journals (reviewed by other creationists, not by others in the field).

    I think taking a look at, and poking holes in, their so called “creationist science” would be an interesting spin, since most books of this type focus on refuting old arguments rather than poking holes in their flawed science.

    Not sure if something along those lines fits into the scheme of things for you, but i think it would be neat. In fact, a section on “Christian Science” (essentially the idea that prayer trumps medical science) would be interesting. I think it is a good example of the huge potential for harm religion can carry that is not often addressed.

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    Jacob Fortin

    Issac, that’s for sure going to be part of the book. It’s a subject I’ve never shied away from.

    Matt, that’s also a good suggestion. I thought it would be fun to talk about some of the high profile creationists and the kind of impact they’ve had. Guys like Ken Ham, Ted Haggard, and Ken Hovind are prime examples of the guys I would be talking about

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    mikeO

    This site is about atheism, so too will the book.

    get a good editor, you need it to correct all your mistakes.

    also heres a suggestion for you, don’t write a book unless you have something you want to say. Which you clearly don’t.

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    Jacob Fortin

    yeah, clearly having a website on atheism means I don’t have much to say on the subject…

    I’ve got plenty to say (as should be obvious with the amount of radio shows and posts I’ve done), but I am more interested in what fans want to read. I already have my own subjects to cover, but it would be stupid not to probe my existing fan base.

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    mikeO

    actually let me give you a more constructive suggestion, why dont you further explore hitchens and sam harris’ thesis that religion is a source for evil in the world in various ways. All atheists enjoy a good christian bashing

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    mikeO

    I tried listening to one of your podcasts but you didnt actually talk about atheism or related subjects in the first 20 minutes so i gave up. Frankly I was amazed that anyone would pay you for the “freemium” podcasts.

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    mikeO

    sample intro:

    i’m Dim Jake and this book is for atheist. you will too, in The Good Atheist, read.

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    Matt

    MikeO, you’re amazed anyone would pay or listen to the podcasts? I’m quite sure all of us who do listen are equally if not more amazed someone that someone could be so lacking in the hobby department that they feel the urge to register on a website they don’t enjoy solely for the ability to post obnoxious comments. I guess it’s naive of me to think all people have better things to do.

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    mikeO

    i enjoy the links to videos, and i also enjoy trolling. i just dont think that jake is saying anything new or interesting when he posts things. So the idea of him fancying himself a author, given that he has nothing interesting to say and is a terrible writer, is so hilarious that I couldnt resist commenting.

    also, no registering involved

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    Jim

    Education is issue #1 with me.

    Also, i’m friends with a hyper-intelligent guy who still manages to be christian. i think how that dichotomy manages to survive would be an interesting topic to study and explore.

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    Roxanne R

    @Jacob: I think you should write about everything the other atheist books don’t talk about.

    @MikeO: you obviously like to troll, but you haven’t said much worth getting upset over. if you actually followed the podcasts, you’d know the informal setting of the show is what attracts viewers.

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    Gib

    There have been plenty of books on atheism and how theism is bad, and arguing rationally why it’s probably not true. They’re all good, but a bit boring.

    How about throwing all that away and making a really entertaining book, along the lines of “Those wacky Christians”, in which you tell amusing stories about the sort of stuff these people believe, and the sort of stupid things they’ve done due to their beliefs. Throw in some sort of “Darwin Award” type stuff about how some of them have removed themselves from the gene pool, and I reckon you’ve got publishing gold my friend.

    As you’re not that widely known, you’re not going to get anywhere near the sales that the four horsemen got with a dry style of book.

    So, sex it up, have fun with it, and write something that isn’t necessarily about intellectual gratification, but emotional gratification by helping us laugh at the other side.

    Not that you’re not eminently capable of an intellectual book, but I think such a humorous book is missing… But perhaps publish the Muslim bits as a downloadable addendum for your own safety.

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    mikeO

    Gib is the first one with some good advice.

    But do put some Muhammed cartoons in there. A fatwa on you would be good publicity.

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