A Christmas Carol Re-Imagined for the Rational

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?

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

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…]


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

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

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

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

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…]

Surely You Don’t Believe You Have Free Will?!

Philosophers, neuroscientists, and atheists tend to agree that free will is just an illusion, but they don’t always agree on what that means for moral responsibility. Shouldn’t we all be running wild? [Read more…]