The Books That Pushed You Toward Atheism

When I asked you which books helped you become an atheist, I expected a couple selections to pop up repeatedly. Instead, you all provided a variety of selections that led you to atheism. I grouped your picks into a few broad categories; it’s also worth noting that many people said it was a combination of [Read More...]

Help a Friend Get Some Chicago Improv Love!

I moved to Illinois right before the start of my freshman year of high school, so I didn’t know anyone else when the year began. In an effort to meet people and make friends, I auditioned for the school plays and speech team. Eventually, the casts and teammates became a second family to me, but [Read More...]

Conference Headliners

If you were planning a conference for atheists, a few potential speakers immediately come to mind: Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Julia Sweeney, etc. I think most atheists who live in large cities — or have the money and ability to travel to a conference — have met these big names already. If you *really* wanted [Read More...]

The Missionary Position

SarahH has been involved with missionaries before, including her own parents. On the forums, she writes: When I was a teenager, I took a summer-long trip to Zambia and South Africa with Teen Missions International, a group based in Florida that sends approximately 700 teens around the world every summer. Their mission is much more [Read More...]

You Snatched My What Now?

I’ll just share this with you… “I’m tempted to say it’s one huge joke,” [Kinshasa's police chief, Jean-Dieudonne] Oleko said. “But when you try to tell the victims that their penises are still there, they tell you that it’s become tiny or that they’ve become impotent. To that I tell them, ‘How do you know [Read More...]