Daylight Atheism, The Book Now Available on Amazon!

Happy weekend, everybody! If you're looking for something to read along with your Saturday morning coffee, I've got something that's better than any newspaper: Daylight Atheism, The Book is now available on Amazon Kindle! Here's the link: http://amzn.to/NgiFgR If you read it, please consider writing a review. Other e-book platforms, via Smashwords, will be ready very soon, and hardcopy format is coming later this summer. I'll keep my previous post updated with all the latest prices and … [Read more...]

Take a Bow, America

Fireworks

Today's breaking news was, of course, that the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as "Obamacare". In what will doubtless go down in American history as a "Dewey Defeats Truman" moment, both CNN and Fox incorrectly stated initially that the law had been struck down, giving rise to one of the better memes in recent memory. I have to admit, going into today's ruling, I was pessimistic - possibly the Tempter had a hand on my shoulder again. I thought the most … [Read more...]

Today’s Reasons to Quit the Catholic Church

Over the last few years, it's become increasingly clear that there's no longer any place in Roman Catholicism for any but the most conservative and doctrinaire members. The signs of a top-down ideological cleansing are too obvious to ignore, including the Vatican hierarchy's using the Eucharist as a bludgeon against politicians who show too much independence and cracking down on nuns for being suspiciously feminist. People, especially young people, are leaving in droves, and the FFRF has been … [Read more...]

Daylight Atheism: The Book

Longtime readers of this blog may remember that I wrote a book some time ago. What happened to it is something I've only alluded to a few times. Suffice to say that the full story could be a book in itself: an epic tale with more delays, false starts, and reversals of fortune than I care to remember. But past is prologue. The upshot of it all is this: Today, I'm extraordinarily happy to announce that Daylight Atheism, the book, is being published by Big Think! It will be available very soon on … [Read more...]

Daylight Atheism United Kingdom Meetup

So, I know I've got at least a few readers who live in the U.K. Any of you interested in an in-person meetup? Later this summer, I'm going on a trip to England and Scotland. I'm arriving in London on Saturday, August 25. I plan to be there through that Tuesday, and then on Wednesday, August 29, I'm taking a train to Edinborough, where I'll be until Saturday, August 1, with a possible day trip to Glasgow. My schedule for while I'm there is fairly fluid so far, so if you're interested in coming … [Read more...]

On Getting Through the Dry Spells

If you ask anyone who knows me, I like to think they'd tell you that I'm a generally optimistic and cheerful person. But these past few weeks, I've felt like I've been going through a dry spell. I've been restless, gloomy, and much more irritable and pessimistic than usual. No matter where I physically go, mentally I feel like I'm somewhere in the middle of the desert. And I don't think I'm alone in this: it seems to me that a similar dark cloud is hanging over the secular community. There are … [Read more...]

From the Mailbag: From Conservative Christian to Progressive Atheist

We may have heard about one notable religious conversion this week, but in the more than ten years I've been writing about atheism (yes, it's been that long!), I've found it's still far more common for things to go the other way. Here's one dramatic example that landed in my inbox this week. The author of this e-mail, whose name is John, gave me permission to share it with you:I have been on a journey for three years that started with a simple "mid-life" commitment to read the bible and be … [Read more...]

The Millennials: America’s Secular Future

I had a run-in with an old adversary lately, and after I've sent him on his way, I always feel compelled to point out some of the hopeful things he never mentions. This post is about one of those things. In recent posts, I've expressed my disillusionment with the Democrats. But whatever the current state of politics in America - and I'm not denying that it's depressing and infuriating by turns - the long-term trends look very good for us. One of the brightest of these trends is the rise in … [Read more...]

My Questions for Leah Libresco

As you may be aware, Leah Libresco at Unequally Yoked had a startling announcement yesterday: she's converting to Catholicism. I have to admit, though others will no doubt chastise me for missing obvious-in-retrospect clues, that this was something I didn't see coming at all. As recently as March, when I met her at the Reason Rally, I had no idea that a shift in her personal views was imminent (if anything, I drew the opposite conclusion from her enthusiastic participation in the rally). But be … [Read more...]

A Dialogue with the Tempter

At the end of a long and weary day, with the last drops of twilight bleeding out of the darkening midsummer sky, I turned my key in the lock of my front door. I set my bags down, stepped inside... and paused, one foot on the threshold. I was certain I had shut off all the lights before leaving that morning, but my home wasn't fully dark. From the door of my office came the unmistakable blue glow of a computer screen, and in that harsh light, I could see a long shadow thrown on the … [Read more...]


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