Anarchy Evolution: Faith, Science, and Bad Religion in a World Without God

Paperback | October 18, 2011

byGreg Graffin

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“Take one man who rejects authority and religion, and leads a punk band. Take another man who wonders whether vertebrates arose in rivers or in the ocean….Put them together, what do you get? Greg Graffin, and this uniquely fascinating book.” —Jared Diamond, author of Guns, Germs, and Steel

Anarchy Evolution is a provocative look at the collision between religion and science, by an author with unique authority: UCLA lecturer in Paleontology, and founding member of Bad Religion, Greg Graffin. Alongside science writer Steve Olson (whose Mapping Human History was a National Book Award finalist) Graffin delivers a powerful discussion sure to strike a chord with readers of Richard Dawkins’ The God Delusion or Christopher Hitchens God Is Not Great. Bad Religion die-hards, newer fans won over during the band’s 30th Anniversary Tour, and anyone interested in this increasingly important debate should check out this treatise on science from the god of punk rock.

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“Take one man who rejects authority and religion, and leads a punk band. Take another man who wonders whether vertebrates arose in rivers or in the ocean….Put them together, what do you get? Greg Graffin, and this uniquely fascinating book.” —Jared Diamond, author of Guns, Germs, and Steel Anarchy Evolution is a provocative look at the...

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In this passionate polemic, Greg Graffin argues that art and science have a deep connection. He describes his own coming-of-age as an artist and the formation of his naturalist worldview over the past three decades. Anarchy Evolution sheds new light on the long-standing debate on religion and the human condition. It is a book for anyon...

Greg Graffin is the lead vocalist and songwriter of Bad Religion. He obtained his PhD in zoology at Cornell University, and has served as a lecturer in life sciences and paleontology at UCLA. He splits his time between Ithaca, New York, and Los Angeles.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.68 inPublished:October 18, 2011Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Evolution explained through punk rock? Graffin attempts here to explain evolution to the reader, by tying it into examples from his own life. Part biography, part science lesson, and part religious (or anti-religious) philosophy, the separate units work, but don't really go together the way Graffin seems to think they do. I enjoyed the biography sections the most. I'm not a fan of Bad Religion, but he has some interesting tales to tell. The science lessons? They were okay..... The bulk of the book is devoted to his attempts to convince the reader that there is no God. He tries to remain respectful of those who believe, but it comes across as half hearted; the gist being, "I'm not saying religious people are wrong....but they're totally effing wrong, and here's why...". And, for a guy who takes the time to differentiate atheists from agnostics, he's quick to lump all people with faith together, often referring to "religious people" as a whole. Finally, Graffin pretty shamelessly promotes his band in this book, whilst pretending he isn't promoting his band. One quote, I don't remember the exact words, but it went something like "luckily for us, there was still an audience out there that appreciated thought provoking music" (so, if you don't like our music, you're a moron).
Date published: 2011-07-18

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“Whether you’re a believer, an atheist, an agnostic, or anything in between, this is a necessary book.”