The God Hater    -     By: Bill Myers
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The God Hater

Howard Books / 2010 / Paperback

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When atheistic professor Nicholas MacKenzie is asked to create a virtual world, he jumps at the chance. But every computer model he initiates---Darwinism, Existentialism, Relativism, and Buddhism---fails. Finally, he introduces a Law Giver---but attracts a nasty virus. Can he save his creation without personally absorbing the virus? A powerful allegory! 320 pages, softcover from Howard.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Howard Books
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 8.716 X 5.5 (inches)
ISBN-13: 9781439153260
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Publisher's Description

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.

Author Bio

Bill Myers holds a degree in Theater Arts from the University of Washington and an honorary doctorate from the Theological Institute of Nimes, France, where he taught. As author/screenwriter/director his work has won over 50 national and international awards, including the C.S. Lewis Honor Award. His DVDs and books have sold 8 million copies. His children’s DVD and book series, McGee and Me, has sold 4.5 million copies, has won 40 Gold and Platinum awards, and has been aired on ABC as well as in 80 countries. His My Life As… series has sold 2.1 million copies. He has written, directed, and done voice work for Focus on the Family’s Adventures in Odyssey radio series and is the voice of Jesus in Zondervan’s NIV Audio Bible. As an author, nearly all of his children's series have made the bestseller list, as well as 7 of his adult novels. He has been interviewed for Good Morning America and ABC Nightly News. Several of his novels are currently under option for motion pictures, including Blood of Heaven, Threshold, Eli, Fire of Heaven, When the Last Leaf Falls, and Forbidden Doors. The motion picture, The Wager, starring Randy Travis and based on Myers’s novel by the same name, was released in 2009.

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In The God Hater by Bill Myers, Nicholas Mackenzie gets a chance to find out what a person would do if he could become God.

With his computer-wiz younger brother, Travis, Mackenzie creates a digital world exactly like our own. Travis and his fellow computer geeks fill the man-made world with real, thinking and computer-generated humans. To Travis, the digital world is a moneymaker, allowing international companies to predict how products will sell to the public. To Mackenzie, the digital world is a chance to prove his atheistic theories. A philosophy professor, Mackenzie programs the digital world with nearly every atheistic worldview. But no matter the worldview, the digital humans destroy their homes and kill each other. Mackenzie reluctantly realizes, as crazy as it seems to him, he must interact with the digital humans to save them from destruction. Against everything he believes in, the cynic professor finds himself a virtual savior.

Internationally best-selling author, Bill Myers has a track record of success. Author of more than 60 books, Myers continues to challenge beliefs and explore mysteries through fiction. Myers brilliantly correlates theology, adventure, science and the complexity of human relationships into one compact adventure.

Targeted to young adult and above, The God Hater is fast paced, stimulating, and God-honoring as it bears out the truth that “only the fool says in his heart there is no God.” I highly recommend the novel to readers who enjoy intellectually fast-paced plots. Complete with car chases, gunfights and near death situations, The God Hater grabs the reader and doesn’t let go. The God Hater is one novel every story-lover will want to read. – Estee Wells, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com

Editorial Reviews

"This one will be talked about for a long time."
"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."
"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."
"Bill has written another heartwrenching, 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!"
"An original masterpiece. The God Hater re-opens our eyes to God's absolute justice and His unfathomable love."
"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."
"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."
"Once again, Myers takes us into imaginative and intriguing depths, making us feel, think, and ponder all at the same time. Relevant and entertaining, The God Hater is not to be missed."
"A brilliant novel that feeds the mind and heart, The God Hater belongs at the top of your reading list."
“The God Hater is a rare combination of Christian fiction that is both entertaining and spiritually provocative. It has the ability to challenge your mind, as well as move your heart. It has a message of deep spiritual significance that is highly relevant for these times.”

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    This review was written for The God Hater: A Novel - eBook.
    a thought provoking look at the purpose of God's intervening hand on creation
  4. Valerie
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
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    March 13, 2011
    Valerie
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    Imagine a virtually realistic world designed to figure out how to save our own world from its inevitable self-destruction. No matter how many ways super genius Travis plays out the various scenarios, the end result is always the same. Thinking he must have missed something, he contacts his brother Nicholas, a reclusive professor, to bounce ideas.

    Nicholas, an avid atheist who loves nothing more than shredding incoming students' faith, is shocked to find that the premier male in the VR world is patterned after his own long-dead son. And all Nicholas can think of is saving the world of Alpha 11. Maybe if the people understood basic rules it would help. But_maybe_rules alone wouldn't be enough. Maybe they need a visit from the Programmer.

    Follow the adventures of the real life (though fictional!) Nicholas and his VR counterpart as they seek for solutions-not only for the VR world, but for Nicholas's soul.

    The author has a compelling premise in The God Hater. Allegorical symbolism is prevalent throughout the tale, but as we're reminded in the author's notes, these are always going to fail at some point. Myers says, "Allegories_only capture pieces of truth and are way too slippery to do much more_just as I would encourage you not to base your science upon this science, the same should go for your theology."

    With that in mind, I found this novel to be quite thought-provoking and very excellently written. The world-within-a-world is as complete and defined as the Santa Barbara area that Nicholas and his brother inhabit. This book is both a keeper and a loaner. It will challenge your thinking.
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    Good Stuff
    March 5, 2011
    Jennifer @ Quiverfullfamily.com
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    I have so been looking forward to reading The God Hater by Bill Meyers. With an intriguing sci-fi premise (artificial intelligence, virtual communities, consciousness transfer) the story does require some suspense of disbelief, but is a fast-paced, engaging read that I'll be keeping on my shelf.

    Using a virtual society, Travis McKenzie, the brother of the reclusive and God-hating university professor Nicolas McKenzie, is attempting to build an accurate model of human life that can be used as a market research model. Unfortunately his models keep self-destructing. Each and every society based upon evolutionary, atheistic models fails utterly as a barbaric ‘survival of the fittest' mentality eventually cases each community to self-destruct.

    Travis eventually calls in his brother Nicolas for help. The pair of them, along with Nicolas' Christian colleague Annie, and her young son are swept into a web of danger that none of them have foreseen or could have imagined.

    I blasted through this engaging read in only a day, and I love way Meyers has portrayed the logical results of atheism, and spiritual philosophies devoid of a holy creator. The parallels that Meyers has drawn between this virtual world's need for a moral law, and thenceforth, for salvation, and the world that we ourselves dwell in, are fascinating. Even I wasn't sure how things were going to turn out, and what connections Meyers would make - even though the book's premise was made quite clear from its promotional copy.

    There were a few minor loose ends and inconsistencies within the book itself, and, as I mentioned earlier, you'll need to set yourself into suspended disbelief mode in order for some of the technology present to jive for you. That being said, I still highly recommend The God Hater as a fascinating read - its both entertaining, and a thoughtful exploration of the viability of various philosophical stances.

    Good stuff.
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