Wednesday, May 30, 2007

The Amazon Sam Harris Debunkers Book Race

As of 8:30 pm CST Today:

Sam Harris --#183
Doug Wilson -- #12,354
Michael Patrick Leahy -- #52,430
RC Metcalf -- #70,302
Joel McDurmon -- #102,435

Behind the scenes at the Creation Museum Grand Opening

Those of you who have followed this blog closely probably know already that as part of our overall plan for wider awareness of my work, we've launched a new online magazine, called Christian Faith and Reason.

We went live with the first edition of the magazine this past Sunday. Our feature story was on the Grand Opening of the Creation Museum, a Young Earth Creationists fantasyland where dinosaurs and humans co-exist. This facility was brought to life with $27 million in funds donated to a group called Answers in Genesis by 9,000 "charter members", three of whom gave $1 million each.

We've received quite a lot of attention for our cover story, which suggests that the Creation Museum, though it features a literal interpretion of the Genesis story, is bad for Christian faith and good for the growth of militant atheism. Can you say "easy target" ?

We also broke a story on the business practices of Answers in Genesis, and their CEO Ken Ham. This latter story has garnered a great deal of attention from Christians and secularists alike.

There's a story behind the story on this one, and we may develop it in greater detail shortly. It's a pretty lively story, but one that will take a fair amount of time to get right, so we may let it simmer for awhile.

As a tantalizing hint, I'll say this:

When we attended the Creation Museum Grand Opening event, we found that it was the Atheists and Muslims who were friendly and kind to us, and our fellow Christians were..... well let's just say they were less so.

Davis-Kidd Book signing set for August

Davis-Kidd Booksellers in Nashville just confirmed that I will be holding a book signing there sometime in August. They are planning a local authors day, and apparently will have several book signings for several authors.

We'll see how they want to structure it.

It will be very good if several authors are scheduled to do unique book signings at different intervals throughout the day.

On the other hand, if half a dozen of us are thrown in to the same room, each with a desk and a pile of books to sign.... well, that sounds not quite so promising.

Stay tuned.

I'll let you know what Davis-Kidd has in mind.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Davis Kidd Bookstore in Nashville now carrying Letter to an Atheist !

The Davis Kidd Bookstore in Nashville (located in the Green Hills Mall) is now carrying Letter to an Atheist.

Stay tuned for details of a book signing there !

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

The Amazon Battle of the Books: Sam Harris Debunkers

Sales rankings at Amazon are notoriously hard to fathom. But for the entertainment of our blog reading audience, I thought I would post the current rankings on Amazon for Sam Harris Letter to a Christian Nation, and the 4 debunkers out in print now:

Sam Harris Letter to a Christian Nation is #144

Doug Wilson's Letter from a Christian Citizen is #16,220

RC Metcalf's Letter to a Christian Nation: Counterpoint is #37,459

My Letter to an Atheist is #83,968

Joel McDurmon's Return of the Village Atheist is # 183,189

What do Google Books and Borders have in Common ?


A lack of speed.

Google Books received the digital version of Letter to an Atheist on April 14... so far, it's not up !

And Borders committed to carrying Letter to an Atheist in their Cool Springs (Franklin, Tennessee) store back on April 12. It's not on the shelves yet.

Ah the trials of the small publisher !

Friday, May 11, 2007