On Giving Tuesday, Support a Humanist Group Making the World a Better Place

As I mentioned last month, Foundation Beyond Belief, a wonderful non-profit I work with, is in the middle of its #HumanistsCare challenge, and we’d love your support. Any donations go toward supporting our beneficiaries, helping on-the-ground volunteers in the U.S. and overseas (we currently have a team in Ghana), and providing resources in emergency disaster situations.

You can make a donation right now. Not only will the first $20,000 raised be matched, effectively doubling your gift, there are all sorts of prizes available to those who give:

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The “Floating City” Above China is a Hoax, and Here’s How We Know It

Captain Disillusion explains the secret behind the mysterious “floating city” over China…

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Atheist Displays Go Up (Again) in Illinois Park

For the fourth straight year, the Freedom From Religion Foundation chapter in Chicago has put up an atheist display at North School Park in the city of Arlington Heights. It will be alongside a Nativity Scene also on the property. This year, the atheists put up a five-foot-tall Scarlet A:

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Fernando Alcántar, a Former Christian, Explains Why Breaking Up with Faith Hasn’t Left Him Bitter

Fernando Alcántar grew up as a poor Catholic boy in Mexico and soon became a rising star in the Christian world… that is, until he came out as a gay atheist. That didn’t go over so well.

His new memoir, with a foreword by Dan Barker, is called To the Cross and Back: An Immigrant’s Journey from Faith to Reason (Pitchstone Publishing, 2015):

In the excerpt below, Alcántar details all the difficult “divorces” he’s gone through, but says he’s not angry about it:

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The Best Atheist Books of 2015

For the past several years, we’ve seen a large number of atheism-related books hit the market. Unlike the books written by the “New Atheists,” however, the more recent releases aren’t just about why you should stop believing in God or how religion is bad. They cover different aspects of atheism and cater to a variety of audiences.

I compiled a list of my favorites in 2013 and 2014, and I’m excited to do it again now. These are the books I’ll be referencing for years to come and the ones I would highly recommend to anyone who wants to explore faith with a critical eye.

I should mention this right now: I’ve covered many of these books on the site, I’ve been asked to write back-cover blurbs for some of them, my name appears in a few of the pages, and I know some of the authors personally. That’s inevitable when you do the sort of work I do. None of that, however, has any bearing on this list. I picked these books because I found them both fascinating and useful. You don’t have to believe me, but I just wanted to put that disclaimer right up front. So there you go.

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