Sep 06 2011

What would you call me?

I’ve got this book off at my publisher, and we’re still arguing over the title. Everything else looks good, but we can’t agree on this one rather big thing: my editor definitely wants it to be something personal and about me, of all people. So I have an exercise for everyone. Imagine an infidel like me with a book that skewers religion and triumphantly praises the godless way of life. Imagine the cover. There, in big bold print it says…

The __________ Atheist

Fill in the blank. Remember, it’s got to be provocative but positive, catchy and descriptive. I know you’re all thinking “Poopyhead”, but I’m gonna squelch that one right now. No scatology or obscenity, ’cause while it would be fine to be banned for the content, it’s so petty and superficial to be banned for the cover. It should be something that makes you want to reach out and buy it, too.

Oh, and no, you don’t get a cut for suggesting one adjective.


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  1. 1001
    drewl, Mental Toss Flycoon

    Way too late to this party, but (apologies if these have been said already) here are my votes:

    I’d leave in the blank. Let it be an exercise for the reader.

    If you need an adjective, I’d pick ‘Functional’ or ‘Practical’. There are good precedents for those terms. So there’s my vote.

    *off to read the thread*

  2. 1002

    Naked Came the Atheist

    The Best Little Atheist In Minnesota

    Green Arks and Ham

  3. 1003

    I Can’t Believe It’s an Atheist!

    If It’s Tuesday, This Must Be Atheism

    No God, Please, We’re British

  4. 1004
    chigau (違う)

    I hope you give your publisher a link to this thread.
    Then you can name The Book whatever you actually want to name it.

  5. 1005

    The passionate atheist.

  6. 1006
    chigau (違う)

    Therrin @202
    me @206
    8 minutes.
    you win.

  7. 1007

    To quote Justin Timberlake from The Social Network:

    Drop the “The”… it’s cleaner.

    The title should be:


  8. 1008

    >>Fill in the blank. Remember, it’s got to be provocative

    Whatever you say…

    The Provocative Atheist

  9. 1009

    As a follow up, I think the cover would look awesome if all it said was



    It almost comes across like a confession of sorts.

    Bold. Concise. Declarative.

    I win.

  10. 1010
    Charlie Foxtrot

    How about ‘Unhatted’

    “The Unhatted Atheist”

    …referring to the Planet of the Hats post from a while ago.

  11. 1011

    Has ‘The Bad-Ass Atheist’ been suggested yet?

    Or should that be ‘Assed’?

  12. 1012

    The Inquiring Atheist

  13. 1013
    Josh, Official SpokesGay

    An addendum to explain why I suggested the title “The Terrible, Horrible, No-good Very Bad Atheist”:

    It may be too US-centric and too targeted to kids who grew up in the 70s, like me. A favorite children’s book from that era is called Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day. It’s a catalogue of complaints any kid can relate to and relish complaining about:

    Alexander knew it was going to be a terrible day when he woke up with gum in this hair.

    And it got worse…

    His best friend deserted him. There was no dessert in his lunch bag. And, on top of all that, there were lima beans for dinner and kissing on TV!

    I like how the title addresses all the stupid and incessant criticisms of outspoken atheists like PZ. “Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad” is exactly the shit Chris Mooney and his ilk have been shoveling for years. I think it would be fun to own it and lampoon it.

  14. 1014

    the Awesome Atheist

  15. 1015

    The Combative Atheist
    The Fervent Atheist

    and for laughs, The Well Endowed Atheist

    Obviously getting a cut would be ridiculous, but giving an ARC to the person with the winning submission would be cool.

  16. 1016

    The Athiest Atheist Who Ever Did Athe

  17. 1017

    All of my favourites were already suggested by others within the first 40 comments. Clearly I am terribly unoriginal (either that or I have my finger of the pulse of the zeitgeist or whatever).

    Just to reiterate, though…

    The Devout Atheist
    The Evangelical Atheist
    The Unrepentant Atheist
    The Unabashed Atheist

    I like that all of these throw religious terminology back in the faces of the faithful.

  18. 1018

    What’s the term the religious nutters use? The Self Avowed Atheist.

  19. 1019
    Jafafa Hots

    Someone’s prolly already said it, but just in case…

    The Natural Atheist

    I like the “of COURSE I’m a fucking atheist, what happened to YOU?” vibe it has to it.

    The Inevitable Atheist

    The Anatomy of an Atheist

    The Reclaimed Atheist (or Atheism Reclaimed) sort of a take on the “reclaiming your virginity” stuff.

    The Five-Minute Atheist (Yeah, I have no idea…)

    Y’know, I’m starting to hate these rules.

    The Threat of the Atheist (they find out there aint none except to their delusions)

    The Once and Future Atheist

    The New Old Atheist, or The Old New Atheist

    The Eye of the Atheist

    Gotta say I like The Irreducible Atheist though.

    The Nail, The Cracker, The Trashcan and The Atheist (A Bedtime Story)

    The Illustrated Atheist

    The Measure of an Atheist

    The Damned Atheist (or That Damned Atheist?)

    The First Testament of an Atheist

    The Boy Are We Stretching For Titles Atheist

    The Last Temptation of an Atheist. Or maybe The Passion of The Atheist.

    The Guidebook for Building an Atheist

    The Atheist Next Door

    The Pope is an Atheist (Unrelated to your book, and possibly not true, man would it get headlines.)

    Yes, I am tired and have insomnia and am making no sense and you can ignore me, but I’ll continue. I like word games.

    The Grounded Atheist – Messages From On Low

    ok, sorry. done for now.

  20. 1020

    The Irreducably Complex Atheist

  21. 1021

    The Tastiest Atheist

  22. 1022
    Philip L

    Unapologetic jumped straight to mind, but I’m leaning towards Unashamed as well… all of which have been suggested numerous times already. It’s a surprise to visit Pharyngula after a day or so of busy other stuff, and find 1,000+ comments on a thread already.

  23. 1023

    The Triumphant Atheist

  24. 1024

    I attempted to read through them all, but gave up. Still, I was surprised to see in the few hundred or so I did see, that: The Happy Atheist had not been suggested. Think of the book The Happy Hooker for one connection, but also PZ’s usual atheistic theme.

  25. 1025




  26. 1026
    theophontes , flambeau du communisme

    Maybe drop the “The” (as suggested above).


    Feral Atheist
    Personal Atheist
    Utter Atheist (or Utterly)
    Naked Atheist
    Heathen Atheist (you mean they get worse?)
    Bedside Atheist (perhaps borrow homey/religiousy adjectives from way back when)
    Good News Atheist

  27. 1027
    Christophe Thill

    “Uncompromising” or “unapologetic”.

  28. 1028

    Unabashed or Unashamed

  29. 1029

    “lethal atheist iv: the quickening”

  30. 1030
    Setár, Elvenkitty

    Throw me in the “leave the blank blank and have all the suggestions in the background in grey” camp.

  31. 1031

    i don’t know what to call it, but i’m excited about the idea of a whole book of PZ fulminating about gob, jeebus, evilution, and all that other pious crap, not to mention a few science bits.

    as with others here, just The Atheist immediately came to mind, or perhaps An Atheist since there are several around these days, but i sense the publisher is looking to give flavor to the title thus the need to adjectivify the noun-ish “Atheist”, so here’s another humble offering…

    The Naked Atheist
    The Iron Atheist

    on a whimsical note, The Bearded Atheist (or perhaps the off-formula The Atheist’s Beard) seemed appropriate.

  32. 1032
    Hamilton Jacobi

    The Saddlebacking Atheist

  33. 1033
    theophontes , flambeau du communisme

    Deathbed Atheist (In it for the long run.)
    Children’s Atheist
    Inevitable Atheist (shit, mentioned above)
    Infinite Atheist (Eternal?)
    Anthropomorphic Atheist
    god’s Own Atheist (“God’s Own Country” = England)
    Teh Ebil Atheist ((+ Oberlord?) … Pick up because looks unusual/funny.)
    Defenestrated Atheist (sorry Ogg)
    Triune Atheist
    Virgin Atheist (Immaculate)
    Insufferable Atheist

    Atheist At Large
    Atheists Amongst Us (Go with HG Well’s movie postery feel)

    Home-schooling for Atheists
    Atheism for High-school Students
    Atheism 101
    An Atheist Primer
    (ie Assume we have succeeded and these are standard book titles.)

  34. 1034
    Grant Gordon

    I really like “The Complete Atheist”

    Religious people are always telling me I have a spiritual/god shaped hole in my life, they seem to think I’m somehow incomplete.

  35. 1035
    Alexander Safir

    I suppose it’s inevitable that with this many replies “cuddly” would’ve been offered more than once. But, The Cuddly Atheist seems a perfect title.

  36. 1036
    McCthulhu, now with -25% less fat.

    I think trying to jam one word in a small space is too confining. I would have called it, ‘Who is that guy with the beard at the podium?’

    Oh wait, ‘The Easy-PZ Atheist.’

  37. 1037
    McCthulhu, now with -25% less fat.

    The one at 222 (on FTB anyway), Uppruni’s suggestion of ‘The Irreducibly Complex Atheist’ certainly made me laugh. What a dig at PZ’s opponents in one swell-foop.

  38. 1038
    theophontes , flambeau du communisme


    Divine Atheist
    Devil’s Atheist (Devil’s Advocate)
    Magical Atheist

    The Atheist Home Compendium
    The Atheist Almanac (Both in old school covers)

    Malleus Atheiai (In bold gothic script “The hammer of the Atheists.”)
    Theophontes Atheiai (“godkilling/slaying athiests” … narcissistic, I know)

  39. 1039

    The Gnu Atheist

    This is definitely the one for all the reasons listed above. It would be spitting in the face of reason not to use the gift the interwebs have given you in this word. It is perfect; short, cute, and meaningful. All the rest are second rate in comparison. The artist can do something cute with a gnu if they like. I’d do something very cute and cuddly, like a My Little Pony Gnu (surely they must have one!) but that’s me.

    A subtitle is a good idea, I use them a lot on Amazon when looking at my recommendations list.

    How the internet will kill religion

    or something controversial like that.

    OT, just bought two tickets for next year’s Global Atheist Convention, I assume the book will be available to be signed there.

  40. 1040
    Hamilton Jacobi

    The artist can do something cute with a gnu if they like. I’d do something very cute and cuddly, like a My Little Pony Gnu (surely they must have one!) but that’s me.

    This is blasphemy.

  41. 1041
    Bruce Gorton

    It is a bad title for a book. I personally think The____X is a boring formulation.

    That said:

    The atheist who rode a triceratops

  42. 1042

    The Gnuish Atheist

    The Not So Gnu Atheist

    The Missionary Atheist

    The Facepalm Atheist

    The Everyday Atheist

  43. 1043

    No idea if it’s been suggested, if it has it bears repeating:

    The Good Atheist

    It’s simple, it’s positive, it rolls off the tongue well, it states clearly and boldly that you can be good without God… and it’s sort of reminiscent of “The Good Samaritan”, only better. It also suggests, although it doesn’t say it outright, that there are bad atheists like there are bad members of any group, which may be uncomfortable but it is the truth. And as we all know the truth is everything.

  44. 1044

    The Mild-Mannered Fire-Breathing Atheist

  45. 1045

    Title: I’m an A-hole*
    Subtitle: *A stands for atheist

    or some variant

  46. 1046

    Actually, you should write “Athiest,” because nothing will make people more confused/irked than a spelling error in a published work’s title.

  47. 1047

    The Sofa King Athiest.

  48. 1048

    Atheist Among The Sheep ?

    (What, too strident?)

  49. 1049

    The Unfettered Atheist

    I feel that sums you up quite nicely.

  50. 1050

    The Jedi Atheist

  51. 1051

    The right atheist.
    The enlightened atheist.
    The straight forward atheist.
    The professional atheist.

  52. 1052

    In tribute to Isaac Walton

    The Compleat (sic) Atheist

  53. 1053

    The Good Atheist

    [...] it states clearly and boldly that you can be good without God… and it’s sort of reminiscent of “The Good Samaritan”, only better. It also suggests, although it doesn’t say it outright, that there are bad atheists

    Actually, when associated with “The Good Samaritan”, it implies that all other atheists are bad.

    It suggests that the subject is unusual for being “good”, rather than the norm.

    (If it is a book about atheism in general, then you could play on that implication and reveal that “the good atheist” is in fact most of them. But PZ is asking for a title that describes him specifically, and it would be hard to expand beyond the singular before appearing conceited.)

  54. 1054
    Caek Noms

    The Atheist’s Atheist

  55. 1055

    As a cover design, might I suggest a variant on the Christian Chi Rho symbol: , but with a ‘Z’ instead of the ‘X’.

  56. 1056

    has anyone suggested

    the moral atheist?

    similar to #245, it asserts the idea of being good without god that a lot of believers seem to find, er, challenging.

  57. 1057


    FED UP

    … Atheist.

    (1st post – howdy!)

  58. 1058

    As a cover image, might I suggest a variant on the Christian ‘Chi Rho’ Symbol: ☧, but with a ‘Z’ in place of the ‘X’?


  59. 1059

    The Baby Eating Atheist?

  60. 1060

    Chainborne, awesome!

  61. 1061

    I always imagine something slightly more frightening for those who are scared of atheists would be something that would make it seem normal, everyday, like The Neighbourhood Atheist (which kind of makes you sound like Mr Rogers).

  62. 1062

    The Sceptical Atheist?
    The Cracker Atheist?
    The Zombie Atheist?
    The Trophy Atheist?

    It would help if you gave us a synopsis. I mean, are there even zombies in it? Ooh, I know, The Twilight Atheist. It would not make sense, but really boost your sales.

  63. 1063
    anarchic teapot

    I started reading all the suggestions and, while funny, there seems to be a lot of people missing the point: viz. that PZ and his editor want people to read the book, not be frightened away by an aggressive title.

    After all, while preaching to the converted is fun, it should be reserved for those who peddle in faith, not facts.

    So, I’d vote for something soft, even cuddly (eek!), such as “The Joyful Atheist” or “The Natural Atheist”

    And written by “A to PZ Meyers”… unless you want to save that one for a sequel. That joke is too good to waste.

  64. 1064

    Was going to suggest The Avuncular Atheist. it has a nice ring to it and gives an air of the kindly uncle giving good advice. Only problem is my thesaurus lists Christian as a synonym

  65. 1065
    Masks of Eris

    I’d be okay with “The Baby-Eating Atheist”. With a picture of PZ in a cheap devil costume, holding a fork, looking confused.

    Or (and I apologize) “The New Atheist: How An American Academic Saw A Movie, Ate A Cracker, And Changed The Way We Believe”.

    (About “The Good Atheist”: to me, with the reputation atheists have, it sounds like it assumes non-goodness is a defining characteristic of the atheist, and thus one needs to specify the contrary… “The Good Terrorist”, “The Good (post-WWII) German”?)

  66. 1066

    “The Gnu Atheist.” Nothing else comes close, and nothing much says “PZ” more.

    I was also thinking “The Shrill Atheist”, but Dawkins might want to use that.

  67. 1067
    Birger Johansson

    The cult-eating atheist (if it is not yet taken)

    The Rebublivore atheist (if it is stupidly theist, it is Republican)

    The Ctulhu-worshipping atheist (internal joke, no t recmmended for book aimed at a broader audience)

  68. 1068
    theophontes , flambeau du communisme


    Mortal Atheist (as opposed to the immortal)
    Ubiquitous Atheist
    Ideal Atheist

    Atheist Unbound (Compare Shelley’s “Prometheus Unbound” – in which Zeus is overthrown)

    Athiest Wakes! (compare Wyndham’s “The Kraken Wakes” – features giant squid. Link.

  69. 1069

    The Cromulent Atheist.

    1070 replies before me? I fear you won’t get this far down the list.

  70. 1070

    P Z Myers

    American Atheist

  71. 1071
    Richard Eis


  72. 1072
    theophontes , flambeau du communisme


    Risen Atheist (through the ranks at least)
    Uncrucified Atheist (some goddists regret this)
    Platonic Atheist
    Adamant Atheist (Adamantine – unbreakable, unyielding)

    Lord Atheist (Teh Ebil Oberlord)

  73. 1073

    @268 Thommo:

    The Gnu Atheist is a great idea. I second that notion.

  74. 1074
    theophontes , flambeau du communisme

    Hial Tpyos!

  75. 1075

    The Emperor Atheist
    The Supreme Overlord Atheist
    The Baby-Eating Atheist
    The Cracker-Murdering Atheist
    The Deiicidal Atheist

  76. 1076

    The Noisy Atheist
    The Absolute Atheist
    The Consumate Atheist

  77. 1077

    How about these:

    The definite Atheist (not really that provocative but still “positive, catchy and descriptive”)

    The Sleazy Rump Atheist (while some may argue that this one falls into the Poopyhead category, note that Sleazy Rump is an anagram of Paul Z Myers, so it would strike a nice personal note ;-)

  78. 1078

    Two possibilities ‘The Troublesome Atheist’ or ‘The Truculent Atheist’.

    If you go with the first you could use the line of Henry the VIII about Thomas Beckett. “will no-one rid me of this troublesome priest”

    The cover could feature you in Papal regalia with a big scarlet ‘A’ on the mitre.

    Only problem with that is the Archbishop of Canterbury might accuse you of copying him.

  79. 1079

    The Endless Adjectives, Episode II. Go!

    chigau, ^5

  80. 1080

    why not just, The Atheist?

    I dont think it needs an adjective.

  81. 1081

    The Virtual Atheist
    The Modern Atheist

    Because, let’s face it, the Internet.

    The Whole New Atheist

  82. 1082
    Gunboat Diplomat

    The Amorous Atheist

    Just make sure they’d don’t put a picture of you on the front cover ;)

    No offence.

  83. 1083
    Pete UK

    I’ll go with “The Irreverent Atheist”, which someone has already suggested (kudos!)

    It’s witty and catchy, which is what you need in a book title, and true.

  84. 1084

    I would go for ‘the confident atheist’.

  85. 1085
    David Utidjian

    I really really liked “The Ardent Atheist” but there is already a website by that name. Doesn’t mean it can’t be used but… there could be issues. So I plugged it in to my dictionary thingy which also spits out a thesaurus listing for “ardent” an this is what I got (all 231 of them):

    Moby Thesaurus words for “ardent”:
    abandoned, ablaze, acquiescent, afire, aflame, aflicker, aglow, agog, agreeable, alacritous, alcoholic, alight, amative, amatory, amenable, amorous, and, anxious, assiduous, athirst, avid, baking, blazing, blistering, boiling, boiling over, breathless, broiling, burning, burning hot, candent, candescent, canicular, comburent, committed, compliant, conflagrant, consenting, constant, content, cooperative, cordial, crying, dedicated, delirious, desirous, devoted, devout, diligent, disposed, docile, drunk, eager, earnest,
    ebullient, emphatic, energetic, enthusiastic, erotic, excited, exciting, extreme, exuberant, fain, faithful, fanatic, favorable, favorably disposed, favorably inclined, febrile, fervent, fervid, fevered, feverish, fierce, fiery, flagrant, flaming, flaring, flickering, flushed, forward, fuming, game, genial, glowing, great, grilling, guttering, hard, hard-core, hardworking, hasty, hearty, heated, hectic, hospitable, hot, hot as fire, hot as hell, hot-blooded, hotheaded, ignescent, ignited, impassioned, impatient,
    impetuous, importunate, impulsive, in a blaze, in a glow,
    in earnest, in flames, in the mind, in the mood, incandescent, inclined, indefatigable, industrious, inflamed, insistent, intense, intent, intent on, intoxicated, keen, kindled, laborious, lascivious, liege, like a furnace, like an oven, live, lively, living, loverlike, loverly, loyal, madcap, mighty, minded, never idle, on fire, overheated, overwarm, parching, passionate, perfervid, piping hot, pliant, powerful, precipitate, predisposed, prompt, prone, provoking, quick, ready, ready and willing, receptive, red-hot, reeking, relentless, resolute, responsive, roasting, scalding, scintillant, scintillating, scorching, searing, sedulous, seething, serious, sexual, simmering, sincere, sizzling,
    sizzling hot, sleepless, smoking, smoking hot, smoldering,
    sparking, spirited, spirituous, staunch, steadfast, steaming,
    steamy, stimulating, stirring, strenuous, strong, sudorific,
    sweating, sweaty, sweltering, sweltry, thirsty, tireless, toasting, torrid, totally committed, tractable, true, uncontrolled, unextinguished, unflagging, ungoverned, unquenched, unremitting, unrestrained, unsleeping, unsparing, unwearied, urgent, vehement, vigorous, vinous, warm, warmhearted, well-disposed, well-inclined, white-hot, willed, willing, willinghearted, winy, with a kick, zealous

    Some of them outright suck, but most have some possibilities and have even been mentioned already in one form or another.

    I also like “The Ecumenical Atheist” as a little word play kinda thing.

  86. 1086
    Donald Oats

    The Quiet American Atheist
    The Arresting Atheist

  87. 1087

    The Chainsaw Athiest
    (cuts through shit like you wouldn’t believe)

    Convenor of http://www.60secondscience.net
    A global science education project where you make a 60 second video to explain how the world works.
    Free entry, $11k in prizes, sponsored by Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, Melbourne, Australia

  88. 1088

    The Unwavering Atheist

    Born Atheist

    Nothing But Atheist

  89. 1089
    Spanish inquisitor

    Why do you need a descriptive adjective? Why not simply


  90. 1090
    Rob vd Vlugt

    ‘An Atheist’

  91. 1091
    Beatrice, an amateur cynic looking for a happy thought

    This has filled up. I’ve noticed that a lot of people have recommended just The Atheist. I think that title would be a bit presumptuous, and not in a cute religious-bating way.

    I’d find something that tells that PZ is not THE Atheist, but one of many much more compelling. I think that would appeal to the closet atheists and out and proud atheists and maybe even leave the religious with the impression of We [atheists] are everywhere MWHAHAHA ;).

    If only I could come up with an actual title! In case someone else mentioned this or recommended something that fits my description, sorry for not mentioning it but I have “only” read the first 7– comments and skimmed the rest in a minute.

  92. 1092
    Roberto Aguirre Maturana

    “The Inner Atheist”

    And the front cover should be made of a mirror-like material. I think that’s quite provocative.

  93. 1093

    The spirited atheist.
    The blaspheming atheist.
    The heretical atheist.
    The empirical atheist.
    The unapologetic atheist.

  94. 1094

    Lets borrow something from Dawkins and go for…

    The Selfish Athiest (in the same spirt of course)

  95. 1095

    The Sinister Atheist (as in sinistra, left).

  96. 1096

    I don’t know if you already had this suggested and shot it down or not (didn’t see it in the comments), but you should drop the current title and name it “Pharyngula: The Book (Volume 1)”.

    …Or just call it “The Pharyngulator”…

  97. 1097

    “The Maverick Atheist”

    Or lets change it and try…

    “I, Athiest”

  98. 1098

    The Atheist Goats on Fire!
    The Atheist, the pygmy and the dwarf.

  99. 1099

    Happy? Content? Bearded?

  100. 1100

    The Octo-Atheist.

    (Sorry if this has been used before.)

  101. 1101
    unselfish Jean

    The Honourable Atheist

  102. 1102

    The Gnuest Atheist

    Sets you apart from the other Gnu atheists.

    The Honest Atheist

    The Bible Thumping Atheist

    No one can thump bibles like you can.
    That will get them thinking.

  103. 1103

    The Adamant Atheist.

  104. 1104

    The Godless Atheist.

    (Tautology sells books.)

  105. 1105

    Forgive me if someone has already brought this one up. The first thing that popped into my mind was “Galloping”. Am I dating myself?

  106. 1106

    When I see photos of you I think, “Adorable” and “Cuddly”. Go on ya big lug, show us how human you are.

  107. 1107
    Wren, a Tru Hoppist

    Has someone said Intrinsic yet? I did a quick search for it but I didn’t see it.

    The Intrinsic Atheist
    Intrinsically Atheist


  108. 1108

    “Just Another Atheist”

    In recognition of the fact that Dr Myers is not THE Atheist. We are legion.

    I like “The Natural Atheist,” suggested several times already, and for good reasons.

    “Of Course I’m An Atheist / Nothing Else Makes Sense”

  109. 1109

    Or an adverb and an adjective:
    The Perfectly Zealous Atheist

    Or not:
    Proudly and Zestfully Atheist

    The Pharyngula Zone–Science and Atheism

    The Easy PZ Atheist

    The Atheist of Steel

    The Skeptatheist

    Going Atheist

  110. 1110
    Will E.

    I also submit THE HAPPY ATHEIST, as it hearkens back to something Nabokov said, that one of the great taboos of American publishing was about “the happy atheist who lives a happy and useful life, and dies in his sleep at the age of 106.”

  111. 1111

    Delurking to offer a few more suggestions, and support some made previously:

    The Compleat Atheist.
    The Articulat Atheist.
    The Unapologetic Atheist.
    The Unaccommodating Atheist.
    The Gleeful Atheist.
    The Blogging Atheist.

  112. 1112
    Roger Calger

    The American Atheist

  113. 1113

    The Irreducibly Complex Atheist.

  114. 1114

    The Evolutionary Atheist.The Crusading Atheist, The here and now Atheist,

  115. 1115
    Unselfish Jean

    As someone suggested earlier, and if you were starting a title from scratch:

    Holy Shit

    Except it’s more of a Hitch title perhaps.

  116. 1116
    Musical Atheist

    Christopher Hitchens edited a book called ‘The Portable Atheist’ (my copy of which is too huge to fit in a coat-pocket or handbag, and therefore fails to do what it says on the tin) so if you’re using the same format it’s got to look good on the shelf next to that.

    The Stationary Atheist? No.
    The Discerning Atheist
    Your Friendly Neighbourhood Atheist
    A Suitable Atheist
    An Atheist For All Seasons

    I like ‘Gnu’ and ‘Compleat’.

  117. 1117

    The Scarlet Atheist.

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    Jafafa Hots

    Hey wait, has anyone said this one yet?

    The Unflinching Atheist?


    ok. I’ll go to sleep now.

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    The Happy Atheist

    As a bonus, also doubles up as a pub name.

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    Must admit I have read many, but not every suggestion. Maybe a repeat.

    The CATHOLIC Atheist

    Of broad or liberal scope; comprehensive: “The 100-odd pages of formulas and constants are surely the most catholic to be found” (Scientific American).
    Including or concerning all humankind; universal: “what was of catholic rather than national interest” (J.A. Froude).
    Of or involving the Roman Catholic Church.
    Of or relating to the universal Christian church.
    Of or relating to the ancient undivided Christian church.
    Of or relating to those churches that have claimed to be representatives of the ancient undivided church.
    A member of a Catholic church, especially a Roman Catholic.

    Many atheists (PZ?) like me are still catholic. Never excommunicated?

    I think your book includes lots of catholic related comment.

    Best of all it’s shocking, surprising and generates curiosity about what
    this seemingly contradictory title could mean.

    Catholics and atheists might be curious.

    It might offend catholics and atheists to be associated with the other.
    Great for stimulating book sales.

    If you use this title I would like an autographed gift copy. Otherwise I’ll buy it like everyone else.

    Have fun PZ!

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    “The Cephalopods and the Atheist”

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    Leave it as is, with the _____

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    The “New” Atheist?

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    natasha coureaux

    The Consummate Atheist

    The Supreme Atheist

    The Conscientious Atheist

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    The Flying Atheist
    Less mythical than the Dutchman, as much a legend already.

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    Glen Davidson

    “Offending” or “offensive.” If that’s the line being pushed in the book. “Insolent” maybe.

    Glen Davidson

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    The cartilaginous atheist

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    Wholly Cymbal

    I have always enjoyed the word “indefatigable.”
    Also, if you want to make it personal while also reflecting the changing times:
    The COMMON Atheist
    Subtitle: In Its Natural Habitat

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    The Rajah

    Is this still on?

    The Ensnared Atheist – as in snared once too often by Poe’s Law
    The Fire-breathing Atheist
    The Witch-hunting Atheist

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    “Oh, and no, you don’t get a cut for suggesting one adjective.”

    The Tightwad Atheist.

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    The Latent Atheist
    The Observant Atheist
    The Post-Agnostic Atheist
    The Omnipresent Atheist
    The Galliform Soup Atheist
    The Pluripotent Atheist
    * Dictionary: Not fixed as to potential development.
    (reinterpreted ‘fixed development’ as indoctrination)
    Could go for a bait-and-switch:
    The Grandma-safe Atheist
    The Nonthreatening Atheist
    The Humble Atheist
    The Naughty Atheist
    The Quoteminable Atheist
    The Spiritual Atheist (*snortle*)

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    The Heartland Atheist

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    I’m a big fan of the “The _________ Atheist” but I have a few other suggestions

    The Cogent Atheist
    The Articulate Atheist
    The Un/Deobfuscating Atheist
    The Crackernapping Atheist

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    The “Screw your Faitheist” Atheist

  136. 1136

    It is right there, in your own paragraph: “The Infidel Atheist”…

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    The Righteous Atheist

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    The Next-Door Atheist

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    theophontes, feu d'artifice du cosmopolitisme

    The Pharynguloid Atheist

    (Is this the correct adjective to describe the Pharyngula stage of an animal? “pharyngulised”, “pharygeal” … )

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    My suggestions:

    The Aeducated Atheist
    The PZazzed Atheist

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    The Aeducator Atheist

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    Pierre H. Vachon

    The fearless atheist.

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    with too many suggestions to read it has to be

    The POPULAR Athiest

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    Eduardo Vila

    The Badass Atheist
    The Motherflippin Atheist

  147. 1147
    Fred Wollam

    The Considerate Atheist

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    Rob Zwiebach


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    Late to the thread and have not read all the entries — but just off the top of my head I like

    The Gnu Atheist


    The Unapologetic Atheist.

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    The Militant(ly) Gnu Atheist

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    The Manly Atheist.

    You’ll at least get Maddox to notice you.

    Or you could go the shocking route and be The Asshole Atheist. Or The Fucking Atheist. Either would get attention, that’s for sure!

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    The Militant Atheist. (With tongue planted firmly in cheek.)

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    In view of your strong opinions and the present attempts by some to establish state religion,
    I thought The Constitutional Atheist appropriate.
    Good luck with the title anyway.

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    The Agitated Atheist

    Why yes, I am a sucker for alliteration.

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    the fifth horseman

  157. 1157
    Carl Zulauf

    My favorite has been said a few times: The Audacious Atheist

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    (which I am even though many will have beaten me to it)


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    The Gentle Atheist

    (better than The Ironic Atheist, I think)

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    The Triumphant Atheist

  162. 1162
    Android B

    I like “furious” or “devout.”

    Of course, if I had my way, it would be “badassmuthafuckin’”

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    Nobody has come up with “Fat” yet?

  165. 1165

    I liked the “God-damned Atheist” suggested above. I think it captured your confrontational, plain speaking approach. However, I’ve always thought that a good name for you would be “Darwin’s Kraken”. How about that for a title?

    Maybe a subtitle with ‘atheist’ in it if you really want the word on the cover.

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    Jeff Johnson

    The Unrepentant Atheist

  167. 1167
    Andy the ex cable guy

    The Old Testament Atheist (That might get the Xtains to pick it up)

    The Atheist’s Bible

    The born-again Atheist

    The Billy Graham of Atheist

    The Clear minded Atheist

    The Unfaultable atheist

    The Dark Atheist

    The God Terminator

    The Cracker-gate Atheist

    The Atheist who new too much.

    Hell’s Atheist

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    The Militant Atheist

    The Half-Poopyhead Atheist

    The Perverted Atheist

    Atheist On a Stick

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    Jared Teets

    “The ________ Atheist”

    Just have a drop-down box with a list of the most popular suggestions like a google search bar.

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    Nearly 1200 suggestions? This is getting silly.

    So, in that spirit:

    Eternal Sunshine of the Atheist Mind

    Rise of the Planet of the Atheists (Hey, that one’s actually kind of cool…)

    Jay and Silent Bob Atheist Back

    Night of the Living Atheist

    The Fountainatheist

    The Atheist Who Knew Too Much

    To Catch an Atheist (You do kind of remind me of Cary Grant. If I squint. A lot.)

  171. 1171

    how about…
    The Vitruvian Athiest

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    Xios the Fifth

    You could put The Angry Atheist with ‘Angry’ crossed out and put
    ‘Nonalliterated’ instead.

    I also really like the idea about the search box.

    Also: Here’s a site where it’s just a random word generator.

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    The Violent Atheist

    The Hateful Atheist

  174. 1174

    Way too little caffeine has gone around. The outside the box literary/DC Comics inspiration needs to ramp up.

    That said, out of my tattered paper bag:

    The Unreconstructed Atheist
    The Hidebound Atheist (ref. Gould calling Coyne a “hidebound gradualist”)
    The Atheist Thunderbolt; (or just) Atheist Thunderbolt
    The Party Crasher Atheist

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    “The Atheist Next Door” gets my vote too!

  176. 1176

    Incredibly late to the party, but how about the following (apologies if any have already been stated):

    I am Atheist, Destroyer of Religion

    The Best Damn Atheist

    The Anti-Cat Atheist

    The Bipedal Atheist

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    The Squidly Atheist

    The Bearded Atheist

    The Squidly Beardful Atheist

  178. 1178

    I really really like “The Anatomy of an Atheist”

    Already submitted by someone else, but excellent nonetheless.

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    Personally, I think that leaving it blank would be a great move.

  182. 1182

    I like “fearless”. It is positive, provocative, catchy. Also descriptive in so many ways.

  183. 1183

    Another slightly off tangent title. Maybe next time.

    God? No!

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    theophontes , flambeau du communisme

    The fa-rən-ˈjē-lətēd Athiest

    This is perfect, because why:

    1. Gumbies read only: The __________ Atheist (The dictionary marks are intelektul and disappear of their own accord.

    2. Pharyngulites: Immediately recognise the in joke. Teh Ebil Oberlawd essentially invented the idea of pharyngulated polls. The reading would thus be: The (vote) YES! Squeeee squeee Athiest.

    3. General atheists etc: Intrigued by the unusual word, may recognise Pharyngula in there: The Pharyngula Atheist. (Aah yes, I’ve heard of him. Lemme take a look.)

    4. Less daft goddist: Intrigued by the unusual word, thinks it sounds like a form of punishment. “garroted”, “scourged”,”pharyngulated” ….: The Tortured Atheist. (Aah yes, that sounds wonderful. They deserve an eternity of pain!)

    It is a title that means different things to different people. It is self selecting and self-referencing.

    So there you go: “The Pharyngulated Atheist.” as written above. Please have a poll and vote “Yes”.

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    Nature Dude

    The Cephalopod Atheist

    The Squid and the Atheist

    The Reason You should be an Atheist

    The Only Way To Truth is to be an Atheist

  186. 1186

    Bit late to the party… but what about:

    “The New New New New Atheist”

    Or some variation thereof…

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    The Atheist Under the Bed

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    Tyler Perry Presents Big Momma’s Atheist

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    The New, Improved Atheist

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    The Fundamental Atheist

    The Hopeful Atheist

    The Committed Atheist

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    The Burning Atheist

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    The Bible-Humping Atheist

  193. 1193
    Tigger_the_Wing, Back home =^_^=

    The Big-Hearted Atheist.

  194. 1194
    Matt Bush

    I like “The Atheist’s Atheist”. Also: “The Malignant Atheist” or “The Quotidian Atheist”.

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    The Huggable Atheist

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    The New, Improved Atheist

    Love it

    Or even… “The New (and Improved) Atheist”

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    The Atheist Under The Stairs

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    The Bombastic Atheist

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    The Atheist At The Door

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    The Evolved Atheist
    The Complete Atheist
    The Uncompromising Atheist

  201. 1201

    How about “The Indignant Atheist” ?

  202. 1202

    Someone has probably already said this -

    The Pharyngula Phenomenum

    just drop the Atheist off the end, you dont need it, we all know what you are :)

  203. 1203

    A couple more:
    The Whistle Blowing Atheist (as in “leaking the truth”)
    The Cocky Atheist
    The Defiant Atheist
    The Red Pill Atheist

    Of course, instead of “The Fucking Atheist” you could go for “The Erect Atheist”.

    Or, since I find myself subscribing to almost every statement you make or position you take, PZ (except maybe the bits involving beards), my personal choice would be “The Wonderful Atheist”, plain and simple but just oh so true.

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    Colin Campbell

    How about a double anagram of atheist, “A theist? Eat this!” the second part in the sense of “read learn and inwardly digest”

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    Did anyone suggest
    yet ?

  206. 1206
    Ms Ann Thrope

    Read half the comments and it hasn’t been mentioned yet:
    The foxhole atheist. :)

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    Well,on second thought,
    would be even more “personnal and about me, of all people”, but I doubt made-up adjectives qualify in this context

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    Like many others, I am in the ‘leave it blank’ camp (with the voluminous blank-filling suggestions in the background). However, some have expressed concern over such a title being improperly shortened to The Atheist. I don’t think it’s an especially great worry, but there is a solution:

    The [redacted] Atheist.

    It’s still a fill-in-the-blank exercise for the reader, but the blank is less likely to be removed even by the most casual or most hostile reader.


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    The Outlaw Atheist

    As long as there’s a picture of you somewhere riding a dinosaur or something and waving a hat in the air.

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    The Turgid Atheist.

  211. 1211

    The Bearded, Ruffian Atheist.

    Used to belgon to a group by that name … (Bearded Ruffians)

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    Wholly Atheist, as suggested elsewhere is my favorite.

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    Ravi beat me too it.


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    Gary Oster

    The Antireligious Atheist

  215. 1215
    Ricardo Jorge

    Why not appealing to your medium?
    The Internet Atheist
    Altough i don’t think it’s good enough to make someone want to buy it.
    Maybe no adjective would.
    Why not a different title?

  216. 1216


    No god has cursed him with disease or disability, his mind is sound and active, his skepticism is…well, healthy.

  217. 1217
    Steve Gerrard

    Is this a book about PZ Myers, the famous atheist, and his rise to fame? Then call it

    The Famous Atheist

  218. 1218

    Didn’t want to be repetative, so…. Glanced through all the previous suggestions.

    True story.

    After a couple hundred, some highly repetitive DNA becomes evident.

    A few hundred more, and things get a little blurry….

    I may have blacked out, briefly. But what a good cause! To get to know a persona so well!

    So – suggestions:

    The Bedside Athiest

    The Portable Athiest (assuming it is… how many pages we talking?)

    The Unabashed Athiest

    The Canabalistic Athiest (remember, the Cracker was consecrated, therefore transubstantiated, therefore human flesh – does it really taste like pork?)

    The Newest Testament

    Promethius Unbound (I think that’s probably public domain by now)

    The Edible Athiest (with apologies to Margaret Atwood – it is an arresting title)

    The Unstoppable Athiest

    The High-Fivin’ White Guy Athiest (oops, sorry, got nostalgic for the few years I was living in B. C., watching the Seattle station….)

    The Athiest’s Bible (surely to non-god someone already suggested that? I told you I was blacking out or hallucinating somewhre between 574 and 993)

    And my favorite (sadly, probably still under copyright):
    Childhood’s End

    Respectfully submitted, with the full knowledge no one will ever read this…..

  219. 1219

    The American atheist

    (as most of your topics relates to American morons believing in a paranormal god…)

  220. 1220

    (and remember that uppercase shouldn’t be used for atheist, as it is not the starting of a sentence or the name of a unique entity…)

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    I say go with the classic, “Evil”. After all there’d be plenty who call you that already what with you knowing more about biology than they do and it’s a word that almost guarantees a second look at the cover.

    Who knows, you might even get a few sales from godbotherers who buy it blindly (insert your own joke about faith here) without reading the description and assume its a shocking tell-all book that will let them put the final nail in their compelling youtube video about how atheism is evil but then it will have polysyllabic words and confuse them so they’ll just quote a random bible verse instead.

  222. 1222

    It is however, the title of a book…

  223. 1223

    I think there’s a nice sound to “The Sapient Atheist”. In addition It has an obvious link to “homo sapiens”.

  224. 1224

    The Gnu Atheist and the Emperor’s Old Clothes (because The Courtier’s Reply surely features in the book)

    or, if you must stick to The *** Atheist,

    The Incorrigible Atheist

  225. 1225

    The ______ Atheist.

    Then have adjectives splattered in the background of the jacket, not all of them nice ones either. Makes the audience think, “Well which is it?”

    They’ll have to read the book to come to their own conclusion.

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    “Happy” is my new favorite, especially for the Nabokov reference, but it will work even for those who don’t know it. “Irreducible” is my second choice now.

  227. 1227

    The “I have a Koran buried in my garden” Atheist.

    I don’t know why you wouldn’t just advertise the blog and call it The Pharyngulated Atheist.

  228. 1228

    Too bad it wasn’t a cookbook, The Tastiest Atheist has a nice ring to it.

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  230. 1230
    Charles Wade

    The Pious Atheist

    A “willingness and devotioness to atheism”

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    “Atheist” or if that’s not long enough, “Atheist!”

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    The defiant athiest.

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    I think it was suggested by one other commenter, but my instant reaction to your request for suggestions was:

    The Hopeful Atheist

    So often hope is misconstrued as something akin to faith, or something that is solely provided by being religious. I also think it would be provocative in the sense that it sends the message that as an atheist what you genuinely hope for is the disappearance and disbanding or all religion, which of course is not only true, but will get a great many people hot under the collar (not in the bad way that usually happens in religious groups *cough*)

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    I think “The _______ Atheist” would be an own-goal: it would quickly be turned into “The Empty Atheist” by the god squad. “Aren’t they all”, they would quip as they smile knowingly at each other in pseudo wisdom.

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    “The Faithless Atheist”

    I assume you discuss that faithlessness is a positive attribute so it would seem appropriate

  237. 1237

    The Expelled Atheist

  238. 1238

    The Average-Joe Athiest

  239. 1239
    Philip L

    So PZ… now that you’ve announced that it’s in the hands of Knopf, are you at liberty to let us in on the secret as to what adjective you chose that is going to fill in the blank?

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