Religion Judith Hayes The Happy Heretic

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The Happy Heretic

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This irreverent romp over the sacred cows of religion is a humorous and refreshingly down-to-earth call for common sense. Judith Hayes, the Erma Bombeck of the secular humanist community, has the unique ability to raise serious points while making us laugh as she throws buckets of cold water on the irrational beliefs and maddening inconsistencies that often characterize popular religion. She's at her best when recounting modern-day "miracles" such as the apparition of the Virgin Mary's face in a waffle at a Fresno diner; or when she describes how she started rubbing a stuffed penguin whenever she had the urge to pray, and got the same results.

But there are also poignant stories about believing friends and acquaintances whose struggles with irrational beliefs in the face of perplexing dilemmas and personal tragedies are in many cases heartrending. She also devotes a chapter to explaining in clear, concise, layperson's terms exactly what humanism is and stands for, in particular extolling its tolerance.

"When people ask me why I write what I write," she says, "I usually answer, 'To nudge people.' This is literally the truth. I try to nudge people into thinking about things they might otherwise never give a passing thought to. I try to make it easier for them to do so by using satire, vivid imagery, and a sprinkling of merry nonsense."

By turns funny, provocative, and touching, Judith Hayes is the perfect popular spokesperson for clear thinking and reason.

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Judith Hayes (Valley Springs, CA), raised as a fundamentalist Christian, is a secular humanist writer who has an on-line web site also called "The Happy Heretic."

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Haynes, who runs a web site with the same name as this book, attempts to route out the inconsistencies she finds in religious belief and practice. As an atheist, she takes on the gods, heaven, hell, angels, miracles, and the power of prayer. She criticizes the Religious Right and ponders what she calls the irrational and cruel practices of many organized religions. She spent her youth as a fundamentalist Christian and is now a secular humanist, launching what she admits is a rather lonely crusade to rehabilitate the word atheist. She writes using satire and a sprinkling of merry nonsense. Some readers might enjoy her satire, for there are interesting twists; others might wonder where the merry side of the discussion is. Unfortunately, her interpretations are less than original, e.g., she finds 1 Chronicles 16:34 "Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His mercy endures for ever" incomprehensive because there is death, starvation, and misery all around us. Is this not the traditional question, Why do bad things happen? A single copy in large public library collections of contemporary religious discussion might find a few readers.ALeroy Hommerding, Fort Myers Beach Lib. Dist., FL
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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