War on Christmas Darling: A Joyous Song

Rocky Mountain Mike created this lovely ballad you can begin singing any day now:

(Thanks to Jessica for the link!)

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A Songwriter and an Astrophysicist See the Universe as a Beach Ball: A Beautiful Riff on Intergalactic Isolation

For decades now, scientists — at SETI and elsewhere — have been sending signals into space for the express purpose of contacting distant civilizations. We have yet to hear anything back.

In this simple, beautiful, Saganesque musing on the vastness of space and time, singer/songwriter Peter Mulvey explores why — with an appreciative nod to his friend Vlad, an astrophysicist. Mulvey’s performance took place at the Kaufman Center in Kansas City, Missouri, this summer, as part of the TEDxKC conference. It isn’t an atheism-related video, per se, but its poetic emphasis on the insignificance of our “pale blue dot,” in the scheme of things, might give pause to theists who believe that Earth is the pinnacle of Creation:



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You Can Now Pre-Order A Better Life: 100 Atheists Speak Out on Joy & Meaning in a World Without God

For more than a year now, I’ve been posting videos from Chris Johnson who has been working on a multimedia book about atheists called A Better Life: 100 Atheists Speak Out on Joy & Meaning in a World Without God.

That book, which is now available for pre-order, will be released on January 1.



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Artist Peter Adamyan’s New Exhibit Focuses on the Intersection Between Religion and Consumerism

Peter Adamyan is a painter whose new exhibit “Salvation Mini Mart” at the Loakal Gallery in Oakland, California offers up art that atheists may take a lot of interest in:



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Today Marks the Release of a Comic Book Series Featuring Atheist Superheroes Battling Supernatural Threats

For the comic book fans out there, today is the publication date of the first issue in the four-part series S.H.O.O.T. First by Justin Aclin with illustrations by Nicolás Daniel Selma:

The title will center around a group of hardcore atheists who protect mankind from the supernatural threats that they do not believe in.

“It’s about a team called the Secular Humanist Occult Obliteration Taskforce, who use the power of their own disbelief (as filtered through sci-fi weaponry) to protect humanity from supernatural creatures that seek to do us harm,” Aclin told Parallel Worlds.

“But for S.H.O.O.T., that means demons, angels and everything in between.”

The team dismiss all the manifestations of ghouls and monsters as ‘Outside Actors’ — extra-dimensional attempts to manipulate mankind’s primal fears.

It’s actually a very fascinating approach to the atheist conversation. We’ve said for a long time that doubt is the enemy of faith, that critical thinking can vanquish religious beliefs, and this graphic novel puts those ideas right at the center of a superhero-genre story:

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