Atheists Reflect on the Impact of The God Delusion Ten Years After Its Release

It was 10 years ago today when Richard Dawkins‘ book The God Delusion was first published in the UK. The book went on to sell more than 3 million copies and, anecdotally, led countless people away from the religions of their youth. In fact, you could argue that The God Delusion has created more atheists than any other book in history… with the sole exception being the Bible.

I asked a number of atheist authors and organizational leaders for their thoughts on the book’s legacy, and this is what they said.


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Dr. Richard Carrier’s New Book Explores Science Education in the Early Roman Empire

As any regular reader of this site knows, I don’t post much about ancient history. That’s partly because it doesn’t always affect the issues I write about, and partly because I fall asleep about two words into any lecture or discussion about it.

But Dr. Richard Carrier loves this stuff and he’s written a book called Science Education in the Early Roman Empire (Pitchstone Publishing, 2016). So if the intersection of those two worlds excites you, well, this one’s for you.


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When It Comes to Activism, There Isn’t Just One Way To Do It Effectively

It’s one of the most common questions I receive on this site: What can I do to help? A lot of people want to be activists, but they don’t know where to start. What do you do if you don’t have a platform or political connections, but you are passionate about causes involving science, reason, and non-religion?

Dan Arel has written a book answering that question. It’s called The Secular Activist: A How-to Manual for Protecting the Wall between Church and State.


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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 (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.


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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