The Downsides of Paradise, with a Wink

Judgment Day

It’s not so unusual for a spiritual “seeker” to believe one wild thing after another, but for someone who was an evangelical Christian for 25 years to evolve into clear-eyed atheism is perhaps not as common. This particular one wrote a very good novel. [Read more...]

Social Activist Fights Foolishness with Fiction

Fiery Alphabet / Enlightenment /Freethinker

The Fiery Alphabet, a brainy adventure novel for rebellious thinkers, is set in the Enlightenment and focuses on a young female freethinker who takes to the road with a con artist. [Read more...]

A Christmas Carol Re-Imagined for the Rational

Modern Christmas Carol

A Modern Christmas Carol is an absorbing novella-length piece of fiction that probably wouldn’t make Dickens laugh (but Dawkins might). [Read more...]

How Much Does a Heart Know?

heart child

Trust yourself, and you’ll know how to do the right thing, claims a misguided author who finds the spiritual in everything and who believes the world is in pain due to separateness. [Read more...]

Three of My Favorite Atheist Myths

tiki god

A lot of believers accept common myths about non-believers. Now, in one tidy compilation, we have 50 Great Myths about Atheism by Russell Blackford and Udo Schüklenk. A book review of a very good book. [Read more...]


wine goddess

You have 10 minutes to sell a college student on your religion or your atheism. What’s the best way? [Read more...]

Don’t Teach Kids about Heaven

Baby heaven

Live every day as though it were your last. Said by many, forgotten in the rush of daily life by many more. Yet, a mindful awareness of the fragility of life is one of the best things you can pass along to your kids. Ah, but wait. The opposite is true, according to a book entitled Heaven for Kids. . . [Read more...]

What You Don’t Yet Know about Death

Chess game over

Reading well-written novels and memoirs can be as pleasurable a way as possible to accustomize yourself to the idea of mortality. . . [Read more...]

Looking for God in All the Wrong Places

Questions About God

Thank god(s) there’s a place for sacrilegious poetry that goes for the brain, heart, and gut (and other places). [Read more...]

Plucky Teen Finds Atheism a Good Fit

Outcast Oracle

A new novel The Outcast Oracle appealingly combines a gentle evolution of the teen girl character’s atheism with a well-plotted tale of how she copes with the religious craziness of her father. [Read more...]