Welcome to Daylight Atheism

A sudden wind parts the mist, and where only yesterday there was nothing, there now stands a tall and stately mansion. Through the arched windows, you can catch glimpses of the rooms within:

An entrance foyer, where deep, soft chairs gathered around a brick fireplace welcome old friends and shelter storm-tossed travelers…

A majestic library, where ceiling-high shelves filled with well-worn, lovingly-tended books overlook reading tables of polished wood…

A domed observatory, a magnificent clutter of gears and clockwork, where a golden-hued telescope swivels to follow the skies…

A great rotunda, where images scroll in a never-ending stream all around the high vaulted ceiling, and two podiums face each other on a raised dais…

An airy loft, where artists and dreamers can watch dust motes dance in the sunbeams or retire for solitary midnight contemplation…

And surrounding the house, there grows a wild and verdant garden, where ivy twines around sculpted marble statues in the sun-dappled shade of towering trees, and bronze fountains cast rainbow veils in the air…

Welcome, all, to the new home of Daylight Atheism! I’m happy to be the latest addition to the neighborhood here at Patheos. For those of you who don’t know me, some introductions are in order.

My name is Adam Lee, and I’m a writer and activist living in New York City. I’ve been an atheist since my first year of college, in 2000. I created Daylight Atheism in February 2006 and ran it independently for a few years, until October 2011, when I joined Big Think. Late last year, I accepted an offer to move to Patheos, deeming it a more fitting place for my kind of writing – and here I am!

As you’ve undoubtedly guessed, I’m an unapologetic atheist. Reason is my lamp, scientific skepticism my sword and shield. On this blog, I write about history and philosophy, science, politics, humanism, nonreligious ethics, the growing secular community, and social justice. Most of all, I argue that atheism is a positive, healthy worldview that everyone should adopt, and that it embodies and promotes the virtues which our society most needs. (See also my full statement of principles.)

Some of my favorite essays from ten-plus years of blogging and writing include “A Ghost in the Machine,” about the neurological evidence which proves the nonexistence of souls, “Bands of Iron,” which won the top prize in an annual science-writing contest judged by Steven Pinker, and “The New Ten Commandments,” which was cited in Richard Dawkins’ The God Delusion.

I’ve also been attacked by name in a Republican senator’s campaign ads; experienced atheist transcendence at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico; debated Christopher Hitchens’ Christian brother, Peter Hitchens, over whether there’s such a thing as non-human moral authority, and sparred with John Buehrens, one of the revered figures of Unitarian Universalism, over whether that liberal, non-creedal religion is biased against atheists.

I’m on the speakers’ bureau of the Secular Student Alliance and the Center for Inquiry, and I’ve spoken to student groups and at major secular conferences around the country, most recently the SSA’s 2012 convention in Columbus, Ohio, and Skepticon V in Springfield, Missouri.

Last but not least, I’ve published my first book, also titled Daylight Atheism, which defends the atheist viewpoint and argues that discarding religious belief is a liberation and the gateway to a moral life filled with purpose and joy.

If this appeals to you, then I invite you to join the community here on Daylight Atheism. I always welcome new commenters, and whether you thrive on fierce debate or are seeking advice and support, there’s something here for you. (You can follow me on Twitter as well.) Now that you know about me, I’d like to get to know you. Hope to see you soon!

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About Adam Lee

Adam Lee is an atheist writer and speaker living in New York City. His new novel, City of Light, is available in paperback and e-book. Read his full bio, or follow him on Twitter.

  • Martha

    Hi Adam,

    As a lifelong UU, I was interested in your conversation with Buehrens. I read both posts– and was dismayed by Buehrens’ response to your letter. I couldn’t find your response to him. Can you post a link here when you have a chance (no hurry)?

    Thanks, and congratulations on your new home!

  • Shatter

    Welcome Aboard Friend!

  • Martha

    Oh, never, mind, I didn’t notice the 2-part link above.

  • Johnatheist

    I have a feeling I won’t get enough of you. Welcome.

  • Johnatheist

    Welcome. I have a feeling I swill not get enough of your input.

  • Thomas Lawson

    Bookmark edited.

  • http://skepticfreethought.com/tokenchristian Jaime Wise

    Welcome! I look forward to reading your posts here.

  • ildi

    I’m so glad you’re here!

  • http://eternalbookshelf.wordpress.com Ani J. Sharmin

    Congratulations on the move. I hope you enjoy your new home!

  • Figs

    Looking forward to this, Adam. I think it’s going to be a great forum for you.

  • Sarah Braasch

    So many congrats!

  • Doug

    Bookmark updated. Congrats!

  • http://realityenthusiast.wordpress.com/ Reality Enthusiast


  • Jack

    Congratulations Adam! Hope you like the new digs. I also hope the audience here is willing and able to carry on the same caliber of conversation we all liked so much on your original site.

  • Ronald Marczyk

    Bookmarked! Can’t wait to follow the discussion!

  • http://terracognition.wordpress.com TerraCognition

    Congratulations! I’ve been following your work for quite a while now. Hopefully I can join in the discussion here as I was more of a lurker on your previous sites.

    Looking forward to your future posts.

  • Azkyroth

    Ahhhh, no more disqus, Big Think formatting changes, or shallow, privilege-blind, conceit-addled drive-by pearl-clutchers who fancy them selves “big thinkers” and seem to have made it their personal mission to confirm every negative “ivory tower” stereotype ever.

    I wonder what Patheos trolls will be like.

  • Azkyroth

    (I will say I expect to miss the Edit feature, though.)

  • Adam Lee

    Well, I can always edit comments to fix obvious typos and the like. As far as Patheos trolls go, we’ll just have to wait and see.

    (I’m surprised no one else has mentioned the obvious change: no more threaded comments! I was indifferent about the choice of threaded vs. unthreaded when I first started out at Big Think, but after reflection, I think I like this way better.)

  • Andrew G.

    I actually liked some of the disqus features, just not the threading.

    Slacktivist has disqus comments on his Patheos blog but with threading disabled; I think that’s worth looking into.

  • Azkyroth

    Eh. Well, I’ve actually rewritten entire comments completely on reflection, usually because they started with snap responses to trolls and other dipshit-types. >.>

  • Azkyroth

    On the other hand, given the recent crop of creepy obsessives, the lack of comment upvotes and especially downvotes is kind of heartening.

  • Korou

    Wow! This is a happy surprise! Good to see you here, Adam!

  • Errant Endeavour

    Congratulations, Adam, on your new home! I’ve been a fan of your writing for a while (though I’m not a great debater, so I tend to stay out of the comments), so of course I’d be following you here. I look forward to reading more of your work.


  • David Hart

    Dang. They won’t let us edit here? That’s a step down in civility. At least a five-minute window like you used to have on your old site would be nice.

  • http://boldquestions.wordpress.com Ubi Dubium

    I’ll be glad to be rid of the Big Think site, with its slow loading and occasional ads that start playing audio without warning. Yours was the only blog I ever read over there. Glad to see you in good company here.

    Bookmark duly updated.

  • Azkyroth

    …apparently we’re looking at a LOT of masturBOTHSIDESation…

  • Minneapostate

    Welcome, Adam. I presume you’re also the author of the petition which I enthusiastically signed. For those of you who haven’t done so yet, here’s a link http://www.change.org/petitions/the-leaders-of-atheist-skeptical-and-secular-groups-support-feminism-and-diversity-in-the-secular-community

  • Adam Lee

    Yep, that’s my petition alright! Thank you for your support. :)

  • LindaJoy

    Adam- all the best to you on your new digs at Patheos. Hopefully I can post comments here without the problems I had on Big Think. I’m sure as people wander their computer mice over to check you out that they will be pleased and impressed with your thinking and the quality of your writing.

  • cipher

    Welcome to Patheos, Adam. I would consider implementing Disqus, though, as Hemant has done. Threading, editing feature, yadda yadda.

  • http://puddinsilovemylife.blogspot.com/ Tonya Richard

    I have been reading through your blog for the last hour. I am really enjoying it. I am recently deconverted from fundamental Christianity. To say this has been a long road is an understatement. Most of my friends and family are still deeply involved. I am only out to a few trusted people, but I think most people are starting to catch on. Anyway, I will be checking in most days, I don’t comment often because I am the mother of 8 children and usually only have time to read : )

  • dorcheat

    I will read click through all 178 pages of your blog for the next couple of days. That way your blog should be able to move up a wee bit on the Patheos blog click/hit ladder, if there is such a thing.

  • http://religiouscomics/net Jeff P

    Welcome. I will add this site to my short list of blogs that I follow.

  • Andrew T.

    This seems like a good move. Best of luck!

  • Rieux

    Count me as an occasional commenter who is quite happy that the Disqus monster has been driven from Daylight Atheism. Hooray!

  • Adam Lee

    Yeah, Disqus was a source of endless headaches for me. Its moderation capabilities are primitive, it was constantly afflicted with spam, it often didn’t notify me of new comments, and a lot of people complained that it just didn’t work in their browsers at all. The idea of having a consistent commenting identity across sites is a good one, but the execution was substandard. As long as I have anything to say about it, it won’t be making a reappearance on Daylight Atheism.

  • Andrew T.

    P.S.: I don’t think your posts have been showing up in the “More from the Patheos Atheist Channel” sidebar section, for whatever reason. Just thought I’d let you know.

  • Adam Lee

    Thanks, Andrew – I think I’ve noticed that as well. Will shoot an e-mail to tech support about it.