The Irrational Atheist

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The Irrational Atheist
Author Vox Day
Country United States
Language English
Genre Non-fiction, religion, atheism
Published 2008
Publisher BenBella Books[1]
Pages 320
ISBN 978-1-933771-36-6

The Irrational Atheist (full title: The Irrational Atheist: Dissecting the Unholy Trinity of Dawkins, Harris, and Hitchens) is a 2008 non-fiction book written by Vox Day.[1]

The Irrational Atheist was one of a number of books including God's Undertaker, and The Devil's Delusion, published in response to Dawkins and other New Atheists.[2][3]

According to Publishers Weekly, Day takes on the arguments and conclusions of New Atheism "from a nontheological perspective in The Irrational Atheist (BenBella, Feb.), relying on factual evidence to counter atheist claims that religion causes war, that religious people are more apt to commit crime and that the Bible and other sacred texts are unreliable and fictitious."[3] Day's critiques are primarily addressed towards positions supported by Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Christopher Hitchens, Daniel Dennett, and Michel Onfray.[4]

In 2007 writer and commentator John Derbyshire listed the work as a Christmas recommendation in an article with the conservative magazine National Review Online.[5]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "The Irrational Atheist". Google Books. BenBella Books. 2008.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Cheetham, Jock (March 7, 2010). "The Dawkins Dilemma: The Big Picture". Sun Herald (Sydney). Retrieved June 3, 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. 3.0 3.1 Smith, Lori (March 3, 2008). "In Defense of God: Atheist bestsellers have spurred on protectors of the faith". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved November 3, 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Day, Vox. The Irrational Atheist Preface. BenBella Books.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Derbyshire, John (November 21, 2007). "Christmas Shopping 2007: A Time for Recommendations". National Review Online.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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