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:

[Read more…]

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:



[Read more…]

Greta Christina’s New Book About Coming Out as an Atheist is Now Available for Preorder

Atheist blogger Greta Christina‘s new book Coming Out Atheist: How to Do It, How to Help Each Other, and Why (take a wild guess what it’s about) is now available for pre-order! I’ve seen parts of the book already and I promise you it’ll be an invaluable resource for anyone who’s on the fence about telling others that they don’t believe in God.



[Read more…]

Peter Watson’s New Book Explores How Atheists ‘Have Sought to Live Since the Death of God’

Journalist and historian Peter Watson has written a lengthy, substantive book about atheism as it has played out over the past 150 years, covering the major players, promoters, and philosophers. It’s called The Age of Atheists: How We Have Sought to Live Since the Death of God and it’s available online beginning today.

In the excerpt below from the introduction to the book, Watson reminds us of the plight of Salman Rushdie and what modern atheism may still be missing:

[Read more…]

Indian Taliban? Hindu Group Forces Destruction of American Scholar’s ‘Blasphemous,’ ‘Offensive’ Book

A Hindu activist group in India that had brought a lawsuit against the publisher of an American scholar’s book is getting its way in a hair-raising settlement.

Penguin India, which had published Wendy Doniger‘s The Hindus: An Alternative History, has pledged in writing to stop selling the book and pulp all remaining copies. The political and religious group that forced the book’s removal and destruction charged that The Hindus was offensive and inaccurate and full of “sexual connotations.”

Neither Penguin nor Doniger have admitted to any gross mistakes or mischaracterizations.

Doniger is incensed about her Indian publisher’s capitulation, and issued a riot-act statement:

[Read more…]