Richard Dawkins Hits #11 on New York Times Best Sellers List

Guess who shows up on the New York Times Best Sellers list this weekend?

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An Atheist’s Message to the Christians Who Want to Convert Him

As regular readers know, several years ago, I wrote a book called I Sold My Soul on eBay about the time a former Christian pastor Jim Henderson paid money on eBay to send me to a variety of churches.

While I ended up writing my own book about the experience, Jim partnered up with another atheist, Matt Casper, and the two jointly wrote a book called Jim and Casper Go to Church, written mostly from Jim’s perspective, doing essentially the same thing: telling Christians what their churches looked like through the eyes of an atheist.

It’s been a while, but Jim and Casper have teamed up once again to write a book about what the “conversion conversation” looks like from the atheist perspective and how Christians get it wrong. It’s called Saving Casper:

Below is an exclusive excerpt from the book — one from Casper’s perspective — about what advice he would give Christians who mean well but fail at converting him. (Keep in mind the book is published by a Christian publisher and intended for a Christian audience):

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Richard Dawkins Discusses An Appetite for Wonder

Richard Dawkins is in the middle of his book tour for An Appetite for Wonder and he’ll be appearing at Northwestern University tonight. Jerry Coyne will be interviewing Dawkins on stage and I’ll be introducing the two as well as moderating the Q&A afterwards (which you *know* is going to be the craziest part of the night).

If you’re curious what the discussions are like, here’s a nice example from the Royal Institution of Great Britain — Adam Rutherford, a science broadcaster, was the host for the evening:

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Author of Erotic Book of Genesis Comes Home to ‘Blasphmy’ Graffiti

A couple of weeks ago, I posted an excerpt from Matthew Stillman‘s new book “Genesis Deflowered,” which eroticizes the Book of Genesis.

Last week, on the doorsteps in front of Matthew’s home in Harlem, he was greeted with misspelled graffiti reading “Blasphmy.”

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The Birth of Speaking in Tongues

Dr. Karen Stollznow‘s latest book, God Bless America: Strange and Unusual Religious Beliefs and Practices in the United States (Pitchstone Publishing, 2013), takes a look at everything from Fundamentalist Mormon sects to the Amish.

In the exclusive excerpt below, Stollznow explains the WTF-inspiring beginnings of the Charismatic movement:

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