Last year, Chris Johnson released a multimedia book about atheists called A Better Life: 100 Atheists Speak Out on Joy & Meaning in a World Without God. The book was years in the making and came about after one of the most successful Kickstarters for an art book in that site’s history. It was incredible to be a part of the project and I think the final product was just stellar.
In addition to taking pictures of atheists, Chris also shot a lot of video, and he has just released a feature length documentary that compiles interview clips from some of the people in the book. I had a chance to watch the film the other day and it was beautiful — not just how it looked, but what the atheists had to say. I wish I could’ve heard them when I first became an atheists. This is like an extended “It Gets Better” video, featuring Matt Dillahunty, Julia Sweeney, Cara Santa Maria, and several others.
Is Christianity Toxic in Manhattan? This Summer, New York’s Museum of Biblical Art Will Be Closing For Good
Ever been to the Museum of Biblical Art, a Manhattan space that “celebrates and interprets art inspired by the Bible”? Better make it quick. After 10 years, the place is just months away from closing its doors.
MOBIA opened under the auspices of the American Bible Society, an organization devoted to Bible translation and distribution. In 2005, it spun off into its current entity, an independent secular and scholarly museum devoted to examining the Bible’s influence on Western art. But it has never been able to shake off its association with the Christian ministry, from which it still receives important support, including $1 annual rent on its gallery spaces and offices near Columbus Circle. The ABS’s impending move to Philadelphia would have required the museum to find a new home in Manhattan, at a cost of at least $1.5 million a year.
The association with the Jesus faith – something that Slate calls “that pesky aroma of Christianity” — was likely toxic to the museum’s long-term health.