An Exclusive Excerpt from Chris Stedman’s Book Faitheist

Chris Stedman is an atheist.

He works with the Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard University, where he is the Assistant Humanist Chaplain, and blogs at NonProphet Status.

And he’s the subject of a hell of a lot of negative blogposts… mostly because he believes strongly in the interfaith movement and that atheists ought to participate in it — and that the kind of “New Atheism” that tears down and mocks religion without offering anything in its place is bad for our movement as a whole. (I know, I know, how dare he suggest we find common ground with religious people without compromising our own values? Criticize ideas instead of people?! Ridiculous.) [Read more...]

The Illogical Concept of Souls

So I went even further down the evolutionary scale, back to the reptiles, amphibians, fish. Do fish have souls? The further back I went, the more dubious the idea was beginning to sound. So I went back further still. Jellyfish, mollusks, insects, sponges? Can a sponge differentiate between good and evil? Is there a heaven and hell for good and bad cockroaches? If they possessed souls then they, too, must be immortal. And if they’re immortal, they must possess their own afterworlds. The concept was getting more and more absurd. And yet I had to reach back even further. [Read more...]

The Christmas Story: The Brick Bible for Kids Now Available!

In case you plan to do some early holiday shopping, Brendan Powell Smith‘s The Christmas Story — The Brick Bible for Kids is now available for purchase! [Read more...]

A Glance at the 1851 Book Bible Defence of Slavery

Reader Verimius alerted me to this 1851 book called Bible Defence of Slavery by Josiah Priest. As you can imagine, it’s critical of abolitionists and offers Biblical reasons to support slavery — all before the Emancipation Proclamation was signed, of course. And it’s full of gems worth quoting to anyone who says the Bible was [Read More...]

My Book Needs a Title… Can You Spare a Few Seconds to Vote?

It’s been a little while since I talked about the high school atheist book I worked on over the summer but preparation for its release is kicking into high gear.

The plan is to have the book available around Thanksgiving (!!!). A lot of things need to happen before then, including picking a title, and that’s where I could use your help today. [Read more...]