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Novel riposte to the God-botherers

MICHAL BONCZA recommends a graphic fictional demolition of creationism Goodbye God? An Illustrated Exploration of Science vs Religion by Sean Michael Wilson and Hunt Emerson (New Internationalist £9.99) 5/5

YOU have corrected God in his lame works,” wrote Salvadorean poet Roque Dalton in praise of Karl Marx and that’s exactly the intention of this captivating volume which debunks creationist mythology.

As the authors emphasise, the creationist argument is delivered predominantly at school — either officially or by stealth — and in places of religious instruction and worship for the young.

The graphic novel format they employ 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.

Among others, Sean Michael Wilson calls Noam Chomsky, Richard Dawkins, Stephen Law, AC Grayling and Christopher Hitchens to the witness stand and they provide engaging and often light-hearted rational testimony to counter “anything that contradicts science or reason.”

The creationists’ penchant for shooting themselves in the foot with the most absurd claims is mercilessly exposed.

But, at the other end of the spectrum, the quintessential role of tradition, authority and revelation is explored with eye-opening clarity.

Although the arguments are derived from a humanist perspective they are no less confrontational, where they need be, than Marxist ones are.

As Erich Fromm stated: “Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties” and Goodbye God promulgates this lucidly on every single one of its pages.

Such advocacy cannot but succeed.

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