So That’s How Mark Driscoll’s Book Ended Up on the NYT Bestsellers List…

On January 22, 2012, a book written by Pastor Marc Driscoll and his wife Grace debuted at #1 on the New York Times‘ “Hardcover Advice & Misc.” bestsellers list.

(For what it’s worth, we were not fans of the book at this site.)

The following week, Real Marriage was off the list completely. Which seems strange… but it didn’t matter since the phrase “#1 New York Times Bestseller” could now be plastered atop all future editions of the book:

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The Birth Control Case That Infuriated the Religious Right

After more than 25 years working at Americans United for Separation of Church and State, Rob Boston knows a thing or two about the Religious Right, their motivations and tactics, and what the future appears to have in store for them. His latest book gets to the heart of the religious freedom we’re guaranteed in the Constitution and how conservatives have tried to eliminate them in a variety of areas. It’s called Taking Liberties: Why Religious Freedom Doesn’t Give You the Right to Tell Other People What to Do (Prometheus Books, 2014):

In the excerpt below, Boston discusses a historic Supreme Court case involving birth control:

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AC Grayling’s The God Argument is Now Available in Paperback

In case you haven’t read it yet, philosopher AC Grayling‘s book The God Argument: The Case Against Religion and for Humanism is available in paperback beginning today:

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When Dr. Anthony Pinn Came Out as an Atheist, This Was the Reaction

Dr. Anthony Pinn, a professor of religious studies at Rice University, has long been an advocate of the need for more racial diversity in our movement and I’m thrilled that his memoir is finally available. It’s called Writing God’s Obituary: How a Good Methodist Became a Better Atheist (Prometheus Books, 2014).

In the excerpt below, Pinn writes about the aftermath of an interview with a local newspaper, in which he came out publicly as an atheist:

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A New Book Looks at How Atheism Shaped Western Civilization

We often hear about how religious believers and their ideas and inventions shaped modern history, but less examined is how atheists — with their persistent questioning and challenging of orthodoxy — influenced the world in which we live.

Mitchell Stephens has written a new book exploring precisely that aspect of religion. (Call it the “Old Atheism,” if you will.) His book is Imagine There’s No Heaven: How Atheism Helped Create the Modern World (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014).

In the excerpt below, Stephens looks at unbelief in places where the written word wasn’t a part of society:

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