A Collection of Essays by Christopher Hitchens Has Just Been Published

Christopher Hitchens died nearly four years ago, yet his presence is still felt by so many atheists I hear from today. They loved his books, they admire his passion, and they still watch his debates and lectures online. While it may come as a surprise to some readers that his criticism often strayed beyond religion, that was the focus of most of his commentary for decades.

Today marks the release of a collection of Hitchens’ previously published essays called And Yet… (Simon & Schuster, 2015). It includes his thoughts on George Orwell, Colin Powell, Salman Rushdie, and so many more.



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A New Book Explores How the Religious “Nones” Are Raising Their Children

As the demographics of the U.S. shift away from organized religion, it brings up a lot of questions about how much religion you should have in your life when you’re not all that religious yourself. If you’re a “None” who doesn’t believe in some Higher Power, does it make sense to go to church, even on the major holidays? How should you introduce the topic of religion to your kids?

Atheists have been discussing these questions for a long time, but those answers don’t apply to everyone who isn’t affiliated with a traditional faith.

Those topics are what Christel Manning, a professor at Connecticut’s Sacred Heart University, addresses in her new book Losing Our Religion: How Unaffiliated Parents Are Raising Their Children (NYU Press, 2015).

In the excerpt below, Manning talks about what prompted her to write the book in the first place:

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A New Novel with a Black Atheist Character Explores an Overlooked Aspect of the Jonestown Massacre

If you’re not familiar with the Peoples Temple church in Jonestown, Guyana, you may have at least heard of its leader, Reverend Jim Jones. And you almost certainly know the phrase explaining how the 900-some members committed mass suicide: They literally “drank the Kool-Aid” (or at least a powdered drink laced with cyanide).

75% of those victims were African-American, a fact that often gets under-reported in accounts of the tragedy. Author Sikivu Hutchinson — who also wrote Moral Combat and Godless Americana — has just written a novel about three (fictional) women and their paths to the church as a way to describe the lives of the victims. It’s called White Nights, Black Paradise (Infidel Books, 2015):



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How Should You Raise Your Kids When You Find Value in Religion but Don’t Really Believe in God?

There have been a number of books published over the past few years about how atheist parents should raise children.

But most of the demographic trends indicate a rise in people who are simply non-religious. They’re not atheists; in fact, they may believe in a nebulous sort of Higher Power. But they aren’t religious enough to attach a label to their beliefs.

That raises some unique problems: Should you go to church on the major holidays, just as a matter of tradition? Should you teach kids religious stories that you yourself may not believe? What if your kids ask you if those stories are true? All of those things are more clear-cut for atheists.

Now, a new book focuses on raising kids when religion just isn’t that important to you. It’s called Losing Our Religion: How Unaffiliated Parents Are Raising Their Children by Christel Manning, a professor at Connecticut’s Sacred Heart University.

Ruth Graham, writing about the book for Slate, falls into this category of “Unaffiliated” parents, and she explains the dilemma she’s facing with her daughter:

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What We Can Learn from Alternative Medicine Practitioners

Guy P. Harrison is the author of several popular books about atheism including 50 Reasons People Give for Believing in a God (teaching us how to rebut them), 50 Popular Beliefs That People Think Are True, and 50 Simple Questions for Every Christian.

His latest, only a slight departure from his previous works, is called Good Thinking: What You Need to Know to be Smarter, Safer, Wealthier, and Wiser (Prometheus Books, 2015):

In the excerpt below, Harrison talks about what we can (seriously) learn from people who practice alternative medicine:

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