Yesterday, several leaders of the Ex-Muslims of North America did an “Ask Me Anything” on Reddit, answering all sorts of questions from the site’s members. Here were excerpts from the thread (with edits): Q: What can ex-Muslims like me who are living in Muslim countries do to make things better for other ex-Muslims without putting [Read More…]
God is an alpha male.
You see the same traits in Him that you find in male-dominated cultures: He’s a protector, sexually powerful, violent, oppressive, a conqueror… you get the idea.
Dr. Hector A. Garcia, an assistant professor of Psychiatry at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, just released a new book exploring these parallels — and what it says about “historic and ongoing violence committed in the name of religion” in his new book Alpha God (Prometheus Books, 2015).
In the excerpt below, Garcia explores some of the attributes we usually give to God:
High School Student in Maine Remained Seated During the Pledge… and Got Sent to the Principal’s Office
Remember those three young ladies at South Portland High School in Maine who caused all sorts of chaos by reminding students during morning announcements that saying the Pledge of Allegiance was optional?
Apparently, they inspired a junior at Belfast Area High School (also in Maine) to remain seated during the Pledge… and he got sent to the principal’s office as a result.
What Would a Secular God Look Like? An Atheist Searches for a Realistic Higher Power in This New Book
Is there any way atheists could believe in a god?
Not the one in the Bible, of course. Not one that answers prayers or created the universe. But what about one that gives us comfort and empowers us?
That’s the premise behind Nancy Abrams‘ new book A God That Could Be Real: Spirituality, Science, and the Future of Our Planet (Beacon Press, 2015).
When Abrams, a philosopher of science and “lifelong atheist,” dealt with a personal struggle, she saw several others in her recovery group (one similar to Alcoholics Anonymous) improve because the steps they took involved giving themselves over to God, something that she couldn’t do as an atheist. She even asks: “… why should survival benefits go preferentially to those who don’t face reality?” That led her on a search for a secular version of that Higher Power.
In the excerpt below, Abrams talks about what that secular “Higher Power” could look like:
There aren’t a lot of books about atheism out there directed specifically toward a young adult audience, but David Seidman has created a guide to godlessness just for them. It’s called What If I’m an Atheist?: A Teen’s Guide to Exploring a Life Without Religion (Beyond Words/Simon Pulse, 2015) and it incorporates many of the stories you’ve seen online and dozens of interviews the author conducted with young atheists (some of whom read this site). Having written about a similar subject myself, I can tell you Seidman’s book is excellent, personal, and an incredibly useful resource. I hope libraries everywhere stock this one, because I have no doubt a lot of people will check it out.
In the excerpt below, Seidman talks about how becoming an atheist will change your life: