A cranky, atheistic philosophy professor loves to shred the faith of incoming freshmen. He is chosen by a group of scientists to create a philosophy for a computer-generated world exactly like ours. Much to his frustration every model he introduces—from Darwinism, to Existentialism, to Relativism, to Buddhism—fails. The only way to preserve the computer world is to introduce laws from outside their system through a Law Giver. Of course this goes against everything he's ever believed, and he hates it. But even that doesn't completely work because the citizens of that world become legalists and completely miss the spirit behind the Law.
The only way to save them is to create a computer character like himself to personally live and explain it. He does. So now there are two of him—the one in our world and the one in the computer world. Unfortunately a rival has introduced a virus into the computer world. Things grow worse until our computer-world professor sees the only way to save his world is to personally absorb the virus and the penalty for breaking the Law.
Of course, it's clear to all, including our real-world professor, that this act of selfless love has become a reenactment of the Gospel. It is the only possible choice to save their computer world and, as he finally understands, our own.
When one of the most creative minds I know gets the best idea he’s ever had and turns it into a novel, it’s fasten-your-seat-belt time. This one will be talked about for a long time.
--Jerry B. Jenkins author of Left Behind
A most fascinating story! Full of heart, suspense and intelligence, The God Hater engagingly illustrates the futility of man made beliefs as well as the world’s desperate need for a God who offers hope, guidance and help.
--Tim LaHaye author of Left Behind
Bill has written another heart wrenching, mind gripping novel that delivers on so many levels. Like the Gospel, The God Hater is more than just a great read. I highly recommend it!
--Doug Fields, Teaching Pastor Saddleback Community Church, Bestselling author of Refuel & Fresh Start
An original masterpiece. 'The God Hater' re-opens our eyes to God's absolute justice and His unfathomable love.
--Dr. Kevin Leman, bestselling author of "Have a New Kid by Friday"
If you enjoy white-knuckle, page-turning suspense, with a brilliant blend of cutting-edge apologetics, The God Hater will grab you for a long, long time.
--Beverly Lewis, NY Times bestselling author
I've never seen a more powerful and timely illustration of the incarnation. Bill Myers has a way of making the Gospel accessible and relevant to readers of all ages. I highly recommend this book.
--Terri Blackstock, NY Times bestselling author
- Great novel - will get you thinking.
The story of a cranky philosophy professor, who absolutely hates God after the death of his only son, get's an opportunity to "play" God for an Artificial Intelligence Experiment - how will he respond? Will he respond just like the God whom he now hates and denies the existence of, or will he respond like the atheists and evolutionists that he now follows and revers?
There is an element of action and adventure as well because the A.I. experiment is so successful that everyone, including the US government, Homeland Security, FBI, and Americas wealthiest IT magnate, and they will stop at nothing to get their hands on it.
I listened to the audio-book version that was read by the author. who did a great job of bringing the story to life. http://christianaudio.com/the-god-hat...
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- An entertaining read
The God Hater follows the renowned atheist and philosopher, Nicholas McKenzie, and his Christian friend and colleague, Annie, as they are pulled unwillingly into the latest of Travis McKenzie's computer projects, a project that has attracted the attention of a few competitors who will stop at nothing to claim the project for themselves.
The audiobook is read by the author himself, Bill Myers, and he does an excellent job. The characters have their own voices and intonations, so it's actually easy to tell them apart, and he reads very clearly and at a good pace. It was very enjoyable listening to the audiobook.
I'll admit right now that I am a computer nerd, I like action stories, and I like the pictures and analogies people come up with to explain the truths of Christianity. This novel fits the bill on all three counts, so I enjoyed it very much. The characters are also well-developed, and overall this was a good book, though it may not be everyone's cup of tea.
There were, however, a couple of issues I had with it. The first one, and the most important, was the usage of sex. Sex is used in the novel as essentially the prime- if not only- depiction of sin. As such, there are a number of references to the topic, usually vague; and one of the principal characters is a prostitute, and, for some reason, the book treats us to a vague-in-the-description-but-not-vague-enough-in-the-verbs scene of one of her nights. That scene really shouldn't have been in there.
The other issues I had are more from a writing perspective. The plot appears to be built around the allegory, or picture, that Myers is using to explain the truth of Christianity. In order for this to work, certain events in the allegory have to take place; as such, certain things must happen in the plot. Two of these events, however, occur in contradiction to the characters, leaving me wondering "why would they say (or do) that?" Another issue is that the characters don't seem to actually learn anything from the experience- they suffer loss, but then just go back to square one as best they can. That was rather disappointing, though the final scene was great. A final, much more minor complaint, is that Annie's role in the story seems to be more padding than anything else, which is a shame since I really liked her character
In the end, The God Hater is a fun novel to read, and the audiobook is great to listen to. If you can ignore the sexual stuff, and skip that one scene (fast-forward button, be my friend), and if sci-fi action is your thing, you'll enjoy this book.
This review was made possible by the christianaudio Reviewers Program, and is also posted at http://beingsanctifieddaily.blogspot.com/2011/01/god-hater-by-bill-myers.html
- When an Atheist Plays God
Review of “The God Hater” by Bill Myers and narrated by Bill Myers
Review: 4 Stars (out of 5)
What happens when an atheist philosopher gets to “play God” in a virtual world with artificially intelligent beings? With strains that are more than a little reminiscent of “Caprica,” Myers weaves an fascinating tale addressing whether a creator needs to establish an ethical system, communicate transcendence and the fact of his own existence to his creatures. This book sneaks up on you and asks tough questions about the sustainability of various worldviews. While usually I am not a fan of authors reading their own works, Bill Myers surprises with the quality of his narration. The plot and execution are well done with some plot twists, however, some of the dialogue seems a bit unnatural (hence the 4 Star rating). However, the dialogue does not detract much from this otherwise worthwhile audiobook.
A special thanks to the folks at christianaudio Reviewers Program for the advance copy for review through the christianaudio Reviewers Program. http://christianaudio.com
-Dave Melton (December 3, 2010)
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- Okay, but there are better
Can we exist on earth if God does not? What if there was a way to simulate life without God? A computer program that allows you to download exact copies of ourselves to a virtual earth, put it in fast forward and see what happens? Do we need rules or would we do just fine figuring life out on our own? The God Hater was written to tackle these questions and more.
The story itself is okay/average as far as stories go. There are good guys and bad guys and sometimes you don't know which is which. It's kind of fun looking in at the virtual world and forgetting about the real world also going on (not to mention the REAL real world where we live =) ).
I have an artistic complaint. I got turned off by the story when Programmer entered the virtual world and began finding himself in EXACTLY the same type situations as Jesus. This was supposed to be a random world SIMILAR to ours, but when a man gets lowered through the roof to get to Programmer, it was too much. I was left rolling my eyes for much of the rest of the story.
Last but not least, the theology in the book was somewhat questionable. The way I understood what was happening, Programmer saw the system of law as a failed experiment that needed to be fixed rather than an intentional institution which has never failed and is meant to lead us to Christ. If I understood this correctly, then this is a grievous error. In Myers defense, he does have a disclaimer at the beginning of the book concerning his science and theology.
So did the God Hater answer the questions it asked? It's hard to tell. I feel like the book wasn't trying to ask and answer questions (as it purported to do), as much as tell everyone, "This is how it is". Three stars for entertainment value alone.
The G-d Hater, by Bill Myers, is a fictional novel converted to audio format, narrated by Bill Myers himself. As I've said many times before, I'm always excited to listen to an audio book narrated by the author. There's a feel of authorial intent that can't be found anywhere else.
Myers does a great job. Listening, he provides clear descriptions with crystal inflection and transparent intonation. Myers portrays different characters excellently, permitting the listener to visualize the scene in their minds. I highly recommend this, being equaled to Jon Acuff's "Stuff Christians Like." The first ever, in my opinion, that has matched talents.
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- Brilliant Storytelling
This is a really good story. In fact, I had to ration myself whilst listening to this because it was so good. I really didn’t want it to end. It’s kept my attention, and made me wonder how it was all going to end. And what an ending, not disappointing at all.
I’ve not come across anything by Bill Myers before, so wasn’t too sure what to expect. I thought it might be a bit corny actually, and full of cliches, but not at all. I have read other Christian fiction which I really didn’t like for those very reasons.
This really is excellent storytelling with a brilliant plot, likeable and not so likeable characters.
I loved the narration, with all the different voices being done excellently by Bill Myers himself.
I would definitely like to listen/read more of his books if they are anything like this one. I’ll also be recommending them to others.
Thanks to christianaudio.com Reviewers Program for this copy.
- A great listen!
I really enjoyed the experience of listening to this thought-provoking, mind-captivating book by Bill Myers. Bill is a fabulous author for the Christian fiction genre, and this book was written with the same unpredictable plot that makes his books so enjoyable. He picks up the theme of crossing back and forth between this life and another reality, while taking the reader into the realm of science fiction. The philosophy he lays out in this book is powerful enough to challenge every reader to think deeply about the fundamental questions of the existence of God, free will, the sovereignty of God, and many more tough questions.
I really like it when an author reads their own book, if their voice is conducive for this. Bill Myers is an exceptional reader, and I think the book would not be the same without his narration.