Access to Rational Thinking Helped This Former Skverer Hasidic Jew Shed His Faith… But It Cost Him Dearly

Shulem Deen used to be a Skverer Hasid — an extremely conservative Hasidic Jewish sect.

Used to be.

His new memoir All Who Go Do Not Return is all about how he left that world once he began acquiring some of that sweet secular knowledge:



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This Graphic Novel Explains the Pseudo-Conflict Between Science and Religion

Sean Michael Wilson and illustrator Hunt Emerson have teamed up to create a cool guide to the evolution/Creationism faux-debate. It’s called Goodbye God?: An Illustrated Exploration of Science Vs. Religion.

Here’s a glimpse at one of the pages:



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Why Getting Rid of Church/State Separation Could Be Great for Atheists

Ryan T. Cragun, an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Tampa, has written before about how atheists are better at dying than the religious. He also attempted to calculate how much money religious tax exemptions cost us (His estimate: $71,000,000,000/year).

His latest book offers a guide to how we can finally defeat faith — or the power it has, anyway.

It’s called How to Defeat Religion in 10 Easy Steps: A Toolkit for Secular Activists (Pitchstone Publishing, 2015):

In the excerpt below, Cragun explains why we must stop subsidizing religion and instead deregulate it:

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Friendly Atheist Podcast Episode 54: Jennifer Michael Hecht, Author of Doubt: A History

Our latest podcast guest is Jennifer Michael Hecht, author of Doubt: A History.

Her latest book is called Stay: A History of Suicide and the Philosophies Against It.

At the American Atheists 2015 convention in Memphis, Tennessee, Jessica spoke with Jennifer about how thoughts of suicide differ between atheists and religious people, how more people in history have been atheists than believers, and whether it’s possible to discern what certain historical figures thought about God.

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No Worse Sin: A Young Adult Environmental Novel with Atheist Protagonists

We don’t often feature much atheist-themed fiction on this site, but Kyla Bennett has written a really captivating novel that readers of this site might enjoy. It’s called No Worse Sin (Harvard Square Editions, 2015):

In the excerpt below, protagonist Laena Foster has an awkward moment in her biology class, which happens to be taught by her father, but her new classmate Cree attempts to make things right:

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