It has been drawn to my attention that Peter Boghossian has posted a quotation from me regarding his book, A Manual for Creating Atheists, on the book’s page at Amazon.com. Unfortunately, the quotation has been taken out of context in a way that could give a misimpression regarding my opinion of the book. Seizing a stray clause from someone’s writings and packaging it as an endorsement when the original comment was most decidedly not an endorsement is a dishonorable tactic, and it is unpleasant to find it being done to my own words. In order to prevent further misunderstanding, I am reproducing here, verbatim, what I originally wrote:
“My initial assessment: he’s not a heavy hitter, and he’s making a number of clear and crucial mistakes – BUT – he’ll rip through the average church-goer like a buzz-saw through balsa.”
On his Amazon page, Boghossian quotes only the last dozen words or so of this statement. When separated from the initial remarks, they appear to express a favorable opinion of his work rather than (what I actually intended, and what should be obvious in the context of the complete sentence) an unfavorable assessment of the level of preparation of the average church-goer when encountering the sort of tactics Boghossian recommends and practices.
Update January 24, 2014: Boghossian has removed the “endorsement” from his Amazon.com page.