Is Science Just for White People?

Sikivu Hutchinson may be best known in the atheist community for her 2011 book Moral Combat: Black Atheists, Gender Politics, and the Values Wars, a look at how religion has harmed the African-American community and how we can fix that.

Now, she’s back with a collection of essays, Godless Americana: Race and Religious Rebels (Infidel Books, 2013), a book that challenges many of the ideas that constitute American culture:

In the exclusive excerpt below, Hutchinson tackles the myth that people of color are somehow averse to fields of science:

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How Evangelical Christians’ Stance Against Homosexuality Has Hurt Their Own Cause

One of the complaints Christians (especially younger ones) often have with atheists is that we tend to lump them all together. It may be easy to separate evangelicals from more liberal Christians… but we don’t make much of an effort to separate “old guard” evangelicals from the ones who have a different take on many of the big social issues of the day.

Tom Krattenmaker has written about this “new breed” of Christians in a book called The Evangelicals You Don’t Know: Introducing the Next Generation of Christians (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2013). It’s a fascinating look at how a new generation of evangelicals is pushing back against tradition and working to modernize the faith. (Full disclosure: I provided a blurb for the back of the book.)

Krattenmaker is also the author of Onward Christian Athletes: Turning Ballparks into Pulpits and Players into Preachers about the intersection of religion and sports.

In the passage below, he talks about how “old guard” evangelical Christians have hurt their own cause by pushing so hard against gay rights:

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Daniel Dennett: New Atheist, Philosopher, and… Sailor

Daniel Dennett‘s latest book Intuition Pumps And Other Tools for Thinking will be published next week, so the New York Times spoke with him… as he sailed:

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Exclusive Excerpt from Beyond Belief: The Secret Lives of Women in Extreme Religions

Fundamentalist faiths are bad for everyone, but women undoubtedly suffer more than the men do. Whether they’re evangelical Christian, Mormon, or Muslim, the message is clear: If you’re female, God has a special, shitty role for you.

But every now and then, the women break free. They escape the faith — or at least the more extreme version of it — and serve as inspirations for others.

Beyond Belief: The Secret Lives of Women in Extreme Religions (Seal Press, 2013), edited by Cami Ostman and Susan Tive, compiles several stories by these women. They write about the “pain that comes from the rigid expectations and diminishment of women so often built into religious orthodoxy.”

It’s as frightening and powerful a book as you might imagine.

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The Skeptic’s Annotated Bible: Now in Print!

Back in high school, not long after I began coming out to close friends as an atheist, I was given a Bible by someone I knew. She thought that if I read it, I might learn something. So I began reading it. And I marked up all the questionable passages and contradictions I could find.

Then I came across Skeptics Annotated Bible and found out someone had already done all the work for me.

Anyone who has ever visited the site knows what a valuable resource it is. What do you want to find? Injustice? Misogyny? Contradictions? Violence? It’s all marked up for you.

Creator Steve Wells recently released the book we’ve all been waiting for: an actual annotated Bible:

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