David Silverman is one of the most recognizable faces of atheism. Known for his appearances on FOX News and his in-your-face brand of atheism. Unfortunately, Fighting God: An Atheist Manifesto for a Religious World could have been a much better manifesto if not for the small portions filled with assumptions and flawed cause and effect analysis. Nevertheless, it is a useful guide for integrating activism into the atheist movement.
While Silverman advocates atheists coming out of the closet, which would be a positive if it all happened at once, but like the person who says “Follow me,” only to look over the shoulder and find they are alone. That is the reality. Still, the idea of not hiding atheism is a positive contribution, which would help to normalize the word atheist and make it just another noun. Identifying yourself as an atheist makes it clear where you stand.
An interesting and provocative portion that ties in with coming out of the atheist closet is Silverman estimates there may be millions of atheists in the United States that remain silent because of public sanctions. His assertion is not a far reach considering that there are now more than 100 million unchurched people in the country who abandoned religion all its trappings
Although, I thought much of the book to be unrealistic in its implementation, it is not impossible for it to happen. An interesting scenario in the book occurs when Silverman debates a preacher. The preacher asks Silverman to address him as “Reverend” to which he replied only if the preacher addressed him as President since he is indeed the President American Atheists.
There are other useful anecdotes showing how to deal with religionists without being a "dick" as he calls it. He even gives a list of the most common apologist arguments such as the "ontological" argument, the "teleological" argument, the cosmological argument and the argument from the moralist, which is probably the weakest of all and how to make gravel of them all.
Silverman points out the logical fallacies in the arguments and how to combat them. I thought the recommendations for activism to be especially thoughtful. It promotes the idea that even bad press is good press because it brings awareness. Much like the Evangelical Movement receives so much coverage that many of its leaders never consider the negativity associated with their bigotry and ignorance.
Silverman recommends not let statements like I'm offended bother you as you to can be offended also. Lastly, Fighting God: An Atheist Manifesto for a Religious World provides a step by guide to help the atheist cause.