Book Review: Atheism: Genetics to Geology

Title: Atheism: Genetics to Geology
Author: Maurice De Bona, Jr.
Reviewed by: Marcus Dunavan

I’ll come right out and say it. This book was pretty much incoherent. The author, Mr. De Bona, Jr., often confuses laws of the physical universe with tenets of philosophy or psychology that simply cannot be applied in that way. Here’s a sample:

The law of inertia ranks high in importance when used to justify the beliefs of the atheist. The law of inertia is the prime factor governing the continuance of all functions of life. It explains in a natural way why matter tends to continue doing in the future what it is doing at present. It explains why man wants to continue his life in another everlasting world.

Granted, this is quite funny when you read it because it is so obvious that the reasoning is (generously) faulty.

The book contains an entire chapter focusing on how the brain works without commenting on atheism and another chapter on bible contradictions that looks like it was copied from a website. In fact, I was baffled by the book’s subtitle as the only mention of “Geology” that I could find was a reference to carbon dating in one sentence of the first chapter of the book.

The final paragraph of the chapter called “Conclusions” ends with:

Most religious people believe that there is a soul separate from the material body that transcends the body after death. Atheistic belief is that the body functions only with the matter it contains. There is no separate soul. There is no life after death. The purpose of life is to achieve happiness through accomplishment here on Earth.

It might seem like just a poorly edited paragraph, but it is even worse because the subject of this paragraph neither follows from the rest of the chapter, nor is it ever mentioned in the entirety of the book.

When it comes right down to it, this was the worst book I have read about atheism. Ever. At least when a religious author writes to denigrate atheism they are usually coherent (even if the logic is often flawed). Mr. De Bona should give up this kind of writing immediately.

I rate this book as a half star for two reasons.

  1. It was mildly entertaining because it was so bad (Think Army of Darkness).
  2. If I gave it zero stars it could have been confused with five stars and I couldn’t stand the thought of that.

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