This is What Happens When a Religious Studies Graduate Reviews the Bible on Amazon

I don’t remember what I was doing that night when I accidentally stumbled upon the comments section of a Bible page on Amazon.com (English Standard Version, Single Column Journaling edition, Trutone, Chestnut, Leaves Design, Jesus-approved), but inspiration finds you when you least expect it, right?

What I do remember is that there wasn’t a single honest, fair review of the Christian holy text from a literary perspective. As someone who went to college for English and Religious Studies, I felt I was up to the task.

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When It Comes To America’s Treatment of Atheists, Says Author, Women Historically Have It Worse

Washington University in St. Louis professor Leigh Eric Schmidt has a new book coming out soon called Village Atheists: How America’s Unbelievers Made Their Way in a Godly Nation all about how godless people were treated in our country more than a century ago. He explores those perceptions through the eyes of four people who may well be described as the “New Atheists” of their time.

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We’ll be posting a podcast episode with Dr. Schmidt and an excerpt from his book soon, but I wanted to draw your attention to an interview he did with The Atlantic‘s Emma Green because there was a remarkable line about how difficult it was for outspoken female atheists earlier in our history:

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Podcast Ep. 127: Dr. Karen Garst, Editor of Women Beyond Belief

Our latest podcast guest is Dr. Karen Garst, editor of a new book called Women Beyond Belief: Discovering Life Without Religion.

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Garst is the former executive director of the Oregon Community College Association and Oregon State Bar. She also writes at the website Faithless Feminist.

We spoke about how women are uniquely affected in a negative way by religion, what’s stopping more women from leaving their faith, and why we don’t see more women celebrated as atheists.

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A Jehovah’s Witness Watchdog is Writing a Book About the Religion and His Own Apostasy

Lloyd Evans, who left the Jehovah’s Witnesses and now writes about the problems within the religion, is publishing a book about his journey out of faith. It’s a book you’ll want to read no matter what your religious background is.

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A Revised and Expanded Edition of Richard Dawkins’ Brilliant Book The Ancestor’s Tale is Out Today

More than a decade after it was first published, today marks the release of a revised and expanded edition of Richard Dawkins‘ brilliant book The Ancestor’s Tale.

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