The God Hater, by Bill Myers 8

“Granted, there were further atrocities, on both sides–but basically we’re talking two million killings over the entire history of Western civilization due to religion, versus a hundred and thirty-four million in just seventy years based upon atheistic systems.” She reached for the door. “You tell me which is more toxic, Professor: faith or atheism.”

Nicholas Mackenzie hates God with a passion rivaled only by religious zealots–a passion that makes this philosophy professor determined to declare the nonexistence of God as loudly as he can, particularly to incoming freshman who have been raised with “delusions” regarding the existence of a righteous Creator.

Bill Myers’ latest book, The God Hater, is an adult suspense thriller based on artificial intelligence with a faith-based twist. Unlike Hal in the movie 2001, the computer in The God Hater is not sentient, but the programmers have discovered how to create personas within the software who are.

Imagine if we could build a computer program that could create identities who could think for themselves in a world duplicate to ours. What if these personas were given human personalities that included everything except spirituality? The result would be the creation of a world that is atheistic by default. Would that system fail or succeed?

Professor Mackenzie is about to find out.

This post is the first of three posts written in conjunction with this month’s Christian Science Fiction and Fantasy Blog Tour. Come back tomorrow for a discussion of the vibrant personalities found in The God Hater.

Meanwhile, I encourage you to check out what the other CSFF bloggers have to say about this thought-provoking book. Links are found in the sidebar to the right.

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