From Paris to Palestine, from Iraq to Nigeria, the world is currently ravaged by wars and terrorist attacks based on religious faith and affiliation. Is it any longer possible to claim that religion is a force for good in the world? And is it really acceptable in the 21st century for ANY schoolchildren to be taught that God created the world in six days under 10,000 years ago?
This graphic novel explores the evolution versus creation debate and calls for an end to the teaching of creationism in schools. With passion and humour, the authors mount a case for science and humanism and against all religions.
Deliberately polemical, the book is not meant to be a balanced account, and is heavily weighted to be critical of religion. But, as the author says, "I'm wondering: Why expect a balanced account? And, what is wrong with books from one point of view? Not every book or film or song has to be balanced. It's not a basic requirement of any art form. The creators of this book are not journalists working for any organisation that has impartiality in its founding documents. Surely the only requirement we have is to make a GOOD book, an interesting book, well considered, and, in this case, well illustrated - regardless of what point of view it is written from. Of course we may have failed on those points."
About the Author:
Sean Michael Wilson is a comic book writer from Scotland, who now lives in Japan. He has had more than a dozen books published with a variety of US, UK and Japanese publishers. His book with War on Want, Iraq: Operation Corporate Takeover was widely reported on by a variety of mainstream agencies. He is also the editor of the critically acclaimed collection AX:alternative manga (one of Publishers Weekly's Best ten books of 2010). He is co-author of the recent visual history of protest Fight the Power.
About the Illustrator:
Hunt Emerson is a cartoonist living and working in Birmingham, England. He was closely involved with the Birmingham Arts Lab of the mid-to-late 1970s, and with the British underground comics scene of the 1970s and 1980s. The Emerson graphic novels Lady Chatterley's Lover, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Casanova's Last Standand other adaptations of classic novels and tales have been successfully sold in numerous countries, and translated into several different languages. He is co-artist of the recent visual history of protest Fight the Power.
ISBN / Barcode: 9781780262260
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The graphic novel format is ideal for the confused adolescent or adult averse to tedious "learned" polemic, with the inimitable Hunt Emerson's tableaux and strips complementing the narrative with zest and a measured comic sense.
A superbly even-handed and open-minded graphic narrative discourse... gripping and genuinely revelatory reading.
A unique and innovative primer on Humanism, the importance of science and the evolution vs creationism debate. This illustrated guide deserves to reach a wide audience.
We need books like Goodbye God? to help expose both religious and scientific nonsense that can get in the way of sound thinking and to help produce a healthier and happier world with public policies that properly address the challenges of the 21st century.
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