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
In Bill Myers’s novel The God Hater, Dr. Nicholas Mackenzie, an aging, egotistical professor, disgusted by the notion of religion, is recruited by a group of computer programmers who have created a virtual society that allows them to test the effects of different moral and social systems. Soon, as its citizens struggle for meaning and direction in a godless world, the society begins a descent into chaos and the team must find a way to intervene without compromising the people’s free will. In the end, Mackenzie realizes his only option is to enter their world and reveal to them the truth about their situation.
The book does a wonderful job of keeping the reader’s attention, constantly switching between the computerized world and that of the programmers. Suspenseful conflict pervades the novel, not only between rivaling parties in the virtual society, but also between the characters in the real world, who share vastly different beliefs about religion and eternity.
For Mackenzie, the idea that a godless, immoral society will ultimately fail is very troubling, for it contradicts the very foundation of his atheistic beliefs. However, as he watches the townspeople suffer the consequences of their sinful ways, he begins to acknowledge the futility of their worldview and the road down which it will take them.
A sarcastic, self-confident intellectual, quick to reject any notion of a Creator, the main protagonist seems the most unlikely individual for the part. Yet, this is what makes the story so poignant, for it shows that even stone-hearted atheists must come to grips with a timeless truth: without God, mankind will always lead itself down a path to death and destruction.
This book is certainly an exhilarating story and is bound to provoke thought in both believers and non-believers. However, I feel that the author goes a bit too far in paralleling the details of Christ’s life on earth, and as a consequence makes the novel frustratingly predictable. Nevertheless, there are many who could gain from reading it, particularly those who are confident that humanity possesses all the answers and doesn’t need God. In the end, we all must realize, just as Isaiah 53:6 tells us, that we all are like sheep gone astray, and without a Savior, we will always succumb to our sinful nature. – Nic Downs, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
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.