Dragons and Atheism

My latest book review in the Tivyside was the following, it has stirred up a bit of a hornet’s nest, as one might imagine

Rejecting God and Religion

The clear intention of Robert W Griffiths, author of this latest book from Y Lolfa entitled ‘Slaying the Dragon – An Everyman’s Rejection of God and Religion’is to demonstrate the fundamental flaw of engaging in religious belief

The author introduces himself as an atheist, and an ‘ordinary’ man who believes that the famous names in atheism from whom we have heard in recent years, do not write for people like himself but for the educated intelligentsia. It is time, he thinks, for ordinary people to know why religion and a belief in God are not only an unnecessary extra in life, but a dangerous concept which should have no place in a modern world.

In his role as an everyman who is addressing as many religions as possible, it is evident that Griffiths has committed himself to a huge amount of research not only in the field of Christianity, but with a much wider remit into world religions. The more he develops his view of them, the more he exposes much of the things which he perceives as the cant and hypocrisy within them all. He uses anecdotes and example stories to illuminate his points, and he makes clear statements of facts followed by queries, such as ‘God has never regrown a limb for an amputee, if he can do miracles, why not?’  He points out that trying to argue the case for atheism with ‘believers’ is like talking to a brick wall, for their perceived faith comes between them and reasoned argument. If this is the case then the book will not reach the people he would really like to be speaking to, the fundamental Christians, and extremist Muslims, who will of course not go near it. For those who are agnostic, he has much to say, and for those who are entertaining their own doubts about religion and need some good focussed arguments to show them what they want to know there is plenty to mull over here. But there remains a danger in the book which is that in his passion to inform, he may be thought to be doing the very thing he opposes; trying to tell people what to think. Interestingly it is not vocal atheism that has emptied the churches of Britain, but apathy, a powerful weapon in its own right against organised religion.

Slaying the Dragon by Robert W Griffiths is published by yLolfa available at £9.95 in all good bookshops or online from http://www.ylolfa.com

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Sunday now and then.

Sunday was a really special day when I was a teenager and found religion. I was in Church three times a day enjoying a wonderful rich social life, in a safe environment, surrounded by people who offered friendship and loyalty, and even a shoulder to cry on from time to time. Today was Sunday and as always it was a solitary day writing. My next Kindle book ‘Arianne Lexicon and The Five Charms’ kept me busy all day. In the process I discovered that my old school motto, Non Sibi Sed Omnibus…. is used by a large number of other schools and colleges. It means ‘not for oneself but for all’ apparently, so is quite a high moral call I suppose. It figures quite importantly at the heart of my Arianne story which is a teen fiction and  is so different from all my other books. I used to love Sundays, now I have to make myself like them by writing things to lift my mood. Out of all the week it makes me feel old. I wrote an email to my friends out in Portugal, Brian and Jane moved away last year and my annual Manchester trip is no longer an absolute certainty. They were such good hosts and always made me feel welcome in their genuinely delightful home.