Let’s Hear a Hearty Welcome

What’s this? “Creative Atheist,” another new blog? It may be my third living blog, but for you, dear reader, it’s quite possibly the bazillionth.

Let’s see if I can explain why you might enjoy reading the upcoming views, reviews, and interviews.

  • Reading, writing, and rationality are my passions, and I want to share them with you. (‘Rithmetic, rhythm, and, alas, even riding a bike, I leave to those much better equipped.) If you’re in one of those generations with an upper-case letter for its nickname, I’ve been writing since before you were born (articles, essays, books, a novel just coming out). I’ve also been reviewing books and other stuff since the days of Kaypro and CPMs. (For more about me, click the button up there that says ABOUT.)
  • The Internet is great for sharing information, reassurance, and practical wisdom. As a newly outspoken atheist (outwritten doesn’t have the same feel, does it?), I begin this blog about creative atheists as a natural extension of my tip-toeing-out-of-the-closet activism. Being in a minority, albeit one that is gaining adherents steadily, can be a lonely and scary thing. Maybe I can encourage some of you to be more comfortable speaking out eventually too.

Sure, there are lots of book blogs online. Very few of them focus on atheists and atheism, however. And those that do, don’t necessarily concern themselves with the creative process and journey to publication those creative individuals underwent.

So stay tuned if you want to keep up with good novels and credible nonfiction authored by atheists; videos and documentaries by atheist filmmakers; and art, poetry, music, and anything else creative by those who don’t believe in the supernatural.

I’m Susan, by the way, and I love to connect with readers, so please ask questions, make suggestions about who and what you’d like to see covered, and share relevant links with me and other readers.

Have Fun at God’s Expense (He Won’t Care)
Broken Circle Breakdown Broke Me Down
Hazard and Opportunity for Creative Atheists (A Guest Post)
On Finally Learning to Meditate (For a Few Seconds)
  • http://camelswithhammers.com/ Dan Fincke Camels With Hammers

    Welcome to Patheos Atheism Susan!

  • Guest

    Welcome! (I’m new here too)

  • Lily Marina.

    I will be looking foward for more beautiful writing, :-)

  • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/daylightatheism Adam Lee

    Hello, Susan! Welcome to Patheos. Good to see you here; I think our interests will intersect. :)

  • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/ Hemant Mehta

    Howdy :)

    • SusanKPerry

      You’ve all set such a high bar (credibility, up-to-dated-ness, friendliness) that I hope I can get close to that.

  • Brendan Reid

    welcome !

    and can you please let us know how to close the stupid “share” sidebar that is stuck on the left side of your pages? It covers up content and there seems to be no way to get rid of it

    • SusanKPerry

      Our brilliant tech person made it disappear. Thanks for pointing it out. (It didn’t cover anything on my screen, so I didn’t realize.)

  • Maria

    Hello Susan!

    It’s nice to see an atheist blog concern with the arts. Too often atheists are stereotyped as beings of pure logic and dry rationality, with no room in their lives for creative things. I hope you’ll help to change that.

    I love to read so I’ll be checking back on this blog a lot, I hope you’ll be reviewing books by non-atheists as well? I’m not sure about the idea that we should choose who to read based on their lack of faith or not. It’s dangerously close to the idea of ‘Christian Rock’ for me. I’d cringe if I ever saw a section labelled ‘atheist rock’ in a store.

    • SusanKPerry

      Hi Maria. I don’t have a litmus test in mind for what or whose work I’ll cover, but everything will be connected in some way to creativity and to atheism (or humanism, freethought, skepticism, agnosticism, etc.), or be on some topic that atheists may be especially interested in.

      I once wrote an article about Christian rollerskating, and I certainly didn’t have an urge to join them. But I know what you mean. It’s just that there are so many bloggers out there ready to review zombie novels and so few open to (what they see as stark) reality.

      And I’ll be doing a lot of interviews, so it won’t be a matter of choosing books you’ll read as of learning about creativity from this particular group of freethinkers.

      You’re welcome to check in often and help keep me honest!

  • Trike Pilot

    Happy to have another writer added to my reader. Looking forward to another unique perspective.

  • Tom Musgreaves

    Welcome Susan, It’s just brilliant to see a blog for creative atheists (I’m a pianist myself) as it’s great to have an outlet for our art after so much religious art.