By James Zimmerman
You're not going to learn anything new reading this book. But that's not an indictment of the book, no, it's a comment on your age. Disbelief is intelligently designed to appeal to the tween/early-teen crowd, and it does a superb job. Indeed, it is the best book on the topic of disbelief available for young people.
The author begins right away (well, after an introduction by Tom Flynn) by assuring young people who may be nervous reading such a book that he understands their fears. S. C. Hitchcock (writing under a pseudonym for the safety of his family) tells such readers that, if they take nothing else from the book, and if they are unable or unwilling to read anything else, to remember that there is no God. "Religion," he says, surely striking a nerve with everyone in his intended audience, "survives and is a huge force in the world because it relies on the indoctrination of children." It was this observation, Hitchcock noted in an interview, that drove him to write the book.