The Loser Letters: A Comic Tale of Life, Death, and Atheism

Mary Eberstadt

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The Loser Letters: A Comic Tale of Life, Death, and Atheism

The Loser Letters: A Comic Tale of Life, Death, and Atheism By Mary Eberstadt The Loser Letters A Comic Tale of Life Death and Atheism A wickedly witty satire The Loser Letters chronicles the conversion of a young adult Christian to atheism With modern humor rivaling that of the media lampooning Onion found on college campuses all

  • Title: The Loser Letters: A Comic Tale of Life, Death, and Atheism
  • Author: Mary Eberstadt
  • ISBN: 9781586174316
  • Page: 396
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Loser Letters: A Comic Tale of Life, Death, and Atheism By Mary Eberstadt A wickedly witty satire, The Loser Letters chronicles the conversion of a young adult Christian to atheism With modern humor rivaling that of the media lampooning Onion, found on college campuses all over America, A F Christian s open letters to the spokesmen of the New Atheism explain her reasons for rejecting God and the logical consequences of that choice Along theA wickedly witty satire, The Loser Letters chronicles the conversion of a young adult Christian to atheism With modern humor rivaling that of the media lampooning Onion, found on college campuses all over America, A F Christian s open letters to the spokesmen of the New Atheism explain her reasons for rejecting God and the logical consequences of that choice Along the way she offers pithy advice to famous atheists such as Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens, in the hope of helping them win over Christians.Of course we score big time with the young guys who aren t responsible for anything, and don t really care about anything besides spending most of their time in the basement playing video games and texting girls, A.F Christian points out But what about all those serious, thoughtful people who are Christian believers If the New Atheism is to make real headway, she argues, its advocates must do to persuade intelligent theists living meaningful and fulfilling lives.Amid the many current books arguing for or against religion, social critic and writer Mary Eberstadt s The Loser Letters is truly unique a black comedy about theism and atheism that is simultaneously a rollicking defense of Christianity.Echoing C.S Lewis Screwtape Letters and Dante s Divine Comedy, Eberstadt takes aim at bestsellers like The God Delusion and God Is Not Great with the sexual libertinism their authors advocate In her loveable and articulate tragic comic heroine, A.F Christian, Dawkins, Hitchens and the other Brights have met their match.
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    1. Mark on said:

      Many years ago i read CS Lewis The Screwtape letters in which a senior demon writes to his nephew with hints and suggestions as to how to draw people away from the good and towards despair and darkness For Lewis, of course, this is all tied up with God and the devil and I remember finding it a fascinating and amusing look at the journey of faith with all its struggles, cul de sacs and questions.Mary Eberstadt has taken a similar approach in the sense that her character, a former unnamed Christia [...]

    2. Debbie on said:

      With biting satire and dark humor, Mary Eberstadt puts a new twist on the C.S Lewis classic, The Screwtape Letters In this particular tale, A.F A Former Christian writes a series of letters to the top brass in the Atheist world, e.g Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, et al.The Loser in the story is the same Person as the Enemy in Screwtape, i.e God Once the reader gets one s head around the fact that this story is topsy turvy, and it s actually a compliment to be called a loser, a crackpot, [...]

    3. David on said:

      The author writes as the character A.F A Former Christian, a young woman who was converted to atheism by the writings of the new atheists In gratitude, A.F Christian sends a series of letters to her atheist heroes, thanking them for their work but mostly saying what she thinks is wrong in their presentation of atheism and attack on theism specifically Christianity A.F Christian tells her atheist heroes that they need to realize that the sexual ethic they are calling for, where pretty much anythi [...]

    4. Sarah on said:

      I m a big fan of The Screwtape Letters, by C.S Lewis, and Mary Eberstadt s Loser Letters plays on what I love best about Screwtape It s a series of letters, written by a young lady who wants to help the devil do a better job of recruiting I laughed quite a lot, reading this, but I also shuddered There s a lot of truth in this book Well done.Sadly, I don t have my own copy got it from the library I will, though, because this is going to be one that I reread.

    5. Liz on said:

      Awful My entire book club hated it The author comes off as condescending and insincere The author belittles atheism and suggests that the only reason not to believe in god is to justify abortion, and that once you move past it religion is the only logical conclusion I am an atheist I don t particularly care if agree with me or not, but don t care to be mocked either.

    6. Jeannie on said:

      What did I think Well, it was about 4 stars until the end when the story became, umm, weird The basic premise is somewhat like the Screwtape Letters Except, we have a former Christan now New Atheist convert writing to Dawkins, Harris, Hitchens, and the other New Atheist bigwig guys She writes a series of letters telling them why their arguments in favor of new atheism do not really work as marketing or evangelistic strategies This is a highly researched, highly intelligent, highly witty, and sca [...]

    7. Analuabc on said:

      Uma vis o bastante peculiar sobre o tema Divertido e leve de se ler Talvez porque fica a d vida se a autora se leva a s rio ou se a teoriza o mesmo real.

    8. Mark Victor Young on said:

      This book came up in the search results when I was looking for something else It said it was hilarious satire in the tradition of The Onion newspaper Well, it wasn t funny, but it was laughable It is written in the form of letters to the New Atheists, such as Dawkins, Hitchens, Harris, etc Oh so subtly wielding the Socratic method, our correspondent pretends to agree with them, all the while clumsily restating their arguments to her advantage and then shooting them full of holes they should watc [...]

    9. Lori on said:

      To preface, I am a relatively theologically conservative Presbyterian I read a lot of books about theology This book is one of the worst.It s greatest actual sin is that it is mean spirited and ungenerous, but it s greatest artistic sin is that it is poorly written and terrifically unfunny This is not satire this is schoolyard level taunting and about as well informed This book will simply annoy as it did with me Christians or give them a false sense of pride and arrogance for being so much bett [...]

    10. Cristina Montes on said:

      Inspired by The Screwtape Letters , The Loser Letters is a series of letters from a young atheist to seasoned atheists, giving them advice on how to win over people to atheism The letters are brilliant and witty, like those in The Screwtape Letters The ending is wonderful and intriguing I ve been reading it again and again trying to figure out where A.F Christian has been all along was the rehab center some sort of purgatorial realm Or was it a real rehab center where she not dead yet but given [...]

    11. Scott Kennedy on said:

      The premise of this satirical book is that A F Christian a former Christian now Atheist writes letters to atheist leaders giving advice on particular aspects of their argument The first letter dealt with the sexual revolution and the argument that is often put forward that atheism has lead to wonderful freedom in the area of sexuality In fact, the Sexual Revolution has not brought the freedom it promised, and the years since have proved the wisdom of Christians in the area of sexual morality In [...]

    12. Audrey on said:

      This was another one that I read for a class, and one of the things we discussed was whether or not the tone of this book works against the message Who exactly is the audience supposed to be To atheists or to strengthen the brethren Does the sarcasm subvert the message and prevent evangelization Is the tone actually un Christian in its us versus them style Scattered with hit and miss pop culture references, at times perhaps this book tries a little too hard to sound hip and relevant would a twen [...]

    13. Laura Mcneill on said:

      This is a fascinating look at a Catholic s conversion to New Atheism Similar to C S Lewis The Screwtape Letters, it is presented in the form of letters written to the brights leaders of New Atheism It provides great insight into what draws people of faith dulls into New Atheism The style of writing truly reflects the crass, blasphemous, vulgar tenor of current New Atheist discourse that we see in writers like Richard Dawkins If that will trouble you too much then don t read it However, if you ca [...]

    14. Jenn on said:

      I suppose most of my issues with the book stem from the fact that I am a convert from atheism However, not atheism as the protagonist views it From what I gather, she is speaking specifically to what is termed New Atheism, which appears to be anti theist, as opposed to strictly atheist.Atheism as I understand it, is of a null position It just means that you do not believe there is a God If you are agnostic, then you do not know if there is a God and perhaps don t think that it s possible to kno [...]

    15. Angelica on said:

      A newly converted and highly enthusiastic atheist chronicles her falling out with Catholicism in letters that constructively critique atheism and which ultimately lead her to discover a deeper meaning behind her newfound faith Mary Eberstadt s The Loser Letters takes an interestingly sarcastic view of the atheist argument by telling it from the fictional perspective of a Catholic turned atheist The female main character writes letters in first person to atheists in general but to the leaders of [...]

    16. Andrew on said:

      This was hilarious Written from the point of view of a Christian turned Atheist, the Loser Letters is all about the best way for militant atheists to win converts away from God AKA Loser.Mary Eberstadt takes many arguments too far, but some would say she takes them to their logical end She points out women and children lose under a society that needs abortions, because the beginning of life causes many to develop faith She picks apart common atheist arguments, and then says they need to find b [...]

    17. Justin Hill on said:

      I m not much of a reviewer, but I just finished this book and wanted to put in a good word for it If nothing else, it s an entertaining summary of the ongoing debate between believers and non.I wish the book cover were different it makes it look like a teen angst book or something racier.I was a little bothered by the narrator at first it made me realize how difficult it was for Lewis to make Screwtape so believable but she grew on me and made sense when I realized her situation and the reason [...]

    18. Tee on said:

      Excellent and funny This one is a thought provoker, too, even though it s a light read There are a few tragic moments, though, but the ending was good It s funny how people who live in heaven speak Italian and people in hell speak German.Since the author is a catholic, there are some catholic stuff in there The setting, for example, is in a rehab center as A Christian put it The Director s face couldn t be seen and he knows everything Sounds familiar I believe the author meant the rehab center t [...]

    19. Rob on said:

      An update on CS Lewis The Screwtape Letters It s always tough for an author to revisit and update a classic she is just not as funny as CS Lewis was You don t have to have read The Screwtape Letters to appreciate this book, it stands on its own just fine It is not a detailed rebuttal for all secularist objections to religion, but it does point out some of the difficulties that secularists might gloss over in advancing their worldview If you pay attention to the claims and counter claims in the s [...]

    20. Marjanne on said:

      An interesting discussion on the holes in Atheist beliefs Written in a way that kind of mimics C.S Lewis Screwtape Letters , though doesn t nearly pull it off that well though how can you compete with Lewis I haven t particularly about some of these, so it was interesting to see some of what works against Atheism I also appreciated the kind comments about my own religion The first seven letters were the best, the last three i.e the personal conversion story were just a little lame and kind of pu [...]

    21. Jackie on said:

      I m generally of a read for fun gal, and this book actually makes you think about religion Christianity Catholicism specifically If you re looking for a beach read, I wouldn t recommend it I struggled through most of it but really enjoyed the last two chapters Worth the read if you are interested in satirical books and or those that are a bit thought provoking If you find it a bit slow in the beginning, try to hold out til the end.

    22. Maria on said:

      This book is a not nearly so clever rip off of CS Lewis The Screwtape Letters, focusing on atheism rather than evil I was disappointed by the contemporary cultural references that will not stand the test of time, and by the heavy handedness of its arguments In the end, a touching story, but not nearly as clever as it tried to be.

    23. Maria I. on said:

      Eberstadt s main character, A.F Christian was very funny Great piece of satire of a former Christian aka A.F Christian who becomes an atheist and who then writes letters to the Brights Atheists giving pointers to them on how to win over Christians to their way of thinking Really, this a defense of Christianity.

    24. Andrea on said:

      I liked the ending to this book This book is probably written for a younger audience it took me a few chapters to get used to the language style I plan on encouraging my kids to read it after reading The Screwtape letters I think it presents the arguments of atheism in a somewhat humorous style, but at the same time discounting them It was a quick and fun read.

    25. Cyd on said:

      This is a literarily smart, hip, thoughtful, modern morality play Of course she owes a great deal to C.S Lewis s The Screwtape Letters, but that s all right, because I think her version really works Without giving anything away, I must say that you will probably enjoy this book if you are either Roman Catholic or highly sympathetic to certain causes important to Roman Catholics.

    26. Beth on said:

      Incredibly disappointing This book is problematic for orthodox Christians and unconvincing for atheists Actually it was great until the last two chapters, where she torpedoes her entire argument and comes up with a very bizarre picture of purgatory.

    27. Ryan on said:

      Great read, delightfully snarky and tongue in cheek, but erudite and thought provoking at the same time Check out the full review here themanwhowouldbeknight

    28. Terry Southard on said:

      I liked some of the ideas very much Don t think the book will stand the test of time however Reading it several years after publication, some of the references are already out of date and will only become confusing as time passes Worthy effort Not completely successful.

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