Now Available: Christian Mythology for Kids, a Book for Atheist Parents

Last year, author Chrystine Trooien ran a successful Kickstarter campaign for a book introducing Christian mythology to children.

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That book is now available for anyone who’d like to buy it. I’ve had a chance to look through the final version and it’s just beautiful. It’s not snarky and it’s not offensive. Rather, it just offers an objective take on Christian beliefs that atheists know aren’t based in reality.

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A New Book Explores Atheism, from A to Z

If you’re starting to explore atheism, it might be tough to know where to begin, in part because, outside of the God question, 100 different atheists may believe 100 different things.

Andrew Sneddon, a professor of philosophy, has written a primer on godlessness just for that audience. He covers various topics, in a dictionary-like way, introducing them to strangers who may never have considered them from an atheist perspective. It’s called A Is for Atheist: An A to Z of the Godfree Life (Pitchstone Publishing, 2016):

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In the excerpt below, Sneddon explains Holidays and Hope:

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Mormon Lesbian Teen Was Forced to Carry Backpack of Stones to “Feel the Burden of Being Gay”

The Mormon Church may have formally renounced anti-gay “reparative therapy,” but that doesn’t erase its effects.

In Saving Alex, a book released this month, 21-year-old Alex Cooper recalls her experiences of being beaten and tortured for eight months as “therapy” for being gay. She was 15 when she came out to her Mormon parents in 2009. After first kicking her out, they dropped her off with an unlicensed Mormon couple in Utah, Tiana and Johnny Siale, so they could try to “cure” her.

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A Christian Professor Shares How Her Bible-Based, Husband-Led Marriage Led to Domestic Abuse

Ruth Tucker was married to an ordained minister for about 20 years. On paper, that might sound like a great union, but the reality was far more disturbing. Tucker became the subject of his violent rages as he tried to force her into submission. She and her son eventually escaped in 1987.

The longtime professor has now written a book documenting her experiences and urging Christians to adopt a more egalitarian approach to marriage, as opposed to a complementarian one that says men are always the head of the household.

It’s called Black and White Bible, Black and Blue Wife: My Story of Finding Hope after Domestic Abuse (Zondervan, 2016):

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In the excerpt below, she writes about one of those violent outbursts, how her son Carlton protected her, and how she remained silent about it even then:

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How Hindu Religious Rituals Harm the Environment

If you believe God created this planet, shouldn’t you do everything in your power to protect it?

You would think so, but law professor Jay Wexler finds that the connection between religion and the environment is very weak in his new book When God Isn’t Green: A World-Wide Journey to Places Where Religious Practice and Environmentalism Collide (Beacon Press, 2016):

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In the excerpt below, Wexler discusses how two time-honored Hindu rituals create more problems than they solve:

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