Praise for The Kafir Project
"A thrilling roller coaster ride. Fast paced and riveting. I couldn't put it down."
Lawrence Krauss--award winning astrophysicist, and author of A Universe From Nothing
Compelling, entertaining, and necessary... a thinking person's adventure."
Seth Andrews--author and podcaster of The Thinking Atheist
"Grips you from the first page ... seamlessly intertwines sci-fi, applied physics, and a healthy dose of archaeology."
Natalia Reagan--anthropologist, writer, TV animal expert (National Geographic Channel)
Alexander Rosenberg--philosopher, novelist, and author of The Girl from Krakow
"Burvine gives the world a new kind of hero, an intelligent science communicator in the mold of a Richard Dawkins or Neil deGrasse Tyson."
Andrew L. Seidel--Constitutional and civil rights attorney for the Freedom From Religion Foundation
"A compelling read."
Peter Boghossian--philosopher and author of Street Epistemology
"Blends the breakneck pace of the best page-turning mysteries with genuine religious history."
Emery Emery--film editor (Aristocrats), and host of the award winning podcast Ardent Atheist
"Strong male and female characters. Everything a nerdy faithless feminist could want."
Karen L. Garst--author of Women Beyond Belief: Discovering Life without Religion
"Historians and scientists have long known the Abrahamic religions are fiction. Who would have thought those findings could be turned into such an entertaining science fiction thriller?"
Dan Barker--author of GOD: The Most Unpleasant Character in All Fiction
"Of note, Burvine forges two villains who are truly frightening in their drive, competence, and unpredictability. An impressive first novel."
Ross Blocher--Co-host of the popular podcast Oh no, Ross and Carrie!
From the Foreword by Lawrence M. Krauss
While modern scholarship has already largely dispensed with the myths on which all three of the world's major religions are based, wouldn't it be nice to have more direct evidence contradicting them? Of course, I suspect that even if such evidence did exist, the guardians of theology would find ways for the doctrines based on the myths to persevere. Too much money and power rides on the institutions created to propagate them.
Ah, but The Kafir Project is a work of fiction, and in the fictional world we can sometimes live out our fantasies. While I would certainly not relish living through any of Gevin Rees's experiences in the book, it was a thrilling roller coaster ride to read them. For those of you who just bought a ticket for the ride, enjoy the trip, and I hope you come out the other end thinking a little differently about the real world.
The Kafir Project is an impressive first novel by Lee Burvine, who blends together credible scientific concepts with religious history to craft a fast-paced and truly page-turning adventure. It's hard to avoid comparisons with Dan Brown. The themes and structure of Burvine's work are related, but you come away from Kafir with more useful and accurate information. The primary plot plays out a fantasy I've long had: what if it were somehow possible to go back and view the foundations of the major religions--to know for certain what happened, and what didn't? How might those truths change the world?
This thought experiment is just one thread in a tapestry weaving together quantum computing, relativity, observational time travel, DNA data storage, archaeology, and international politics. Of note, Burvine forges two villains who are truly frightening in their drive, competence, and unpredictability. Once you pick this book up, you won't want to put it down.
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