How to Discipline Your Children Without God

When Deborah Mitchell posted an article on iCNN about why she doesn’t raise her children with religion, it became a viral sensation.

Now, she’s written a complete guide to atheist parenting. It’s called Growing Up Godless and it’s full of nearly 100 short essays on tackling the various obstacles atheist parents face in a predominantly religious world.

In the excerpt below, Mitchell talks about how to discipline your children when they’re not raised to believe God is watching over them:

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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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What’s the Most Difficult Biblical Contradiction for Christian Apologists to Reconcile?

That’s it. That’s the question I’m trying to answer. We know there are a *ton* of contradictions in the Bible and Christian apologists love to rationalize them all away… but some of them have to be harder than others.

So which contradictions are the most difficult to reconcile?

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Pastor Mark Driscoll Wins the Hearts and Minds of Atheists with a Single Tweet

Yesterday, Pastor Mark Driscoll tweeted this:


In the pantheon of things that make atheists convert to Christianity, telling us we’re going to Hell ranks just below quoting Bible passages and just above visiting the Creation Museum.

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‘Curiosity’ Book Giveaway: Here Are the Winning Entries, Including the Grossest Maggot Story We’ve Ever Published*

Curiosity is a wonderful monograph by British science writer Philip Ball. He chronicles how, many centuries ago, under the influence of religion, curiosity became a shameful characteristic, a twin to arrogance (mostly because being curious signaled you weren’t content to merely gawp in gratitude at God’s creation). Eventually, to humankind’s credit, curiosity morphed into a trait celebrated for its role in scientific progress.

At my request, Ball’s U.S. publisher, the University of Chicago Press, sent me three hardcover copies to give away to readers of this blog.**

To make it interesting, I asked you to share your favorite autobiographical story involving curiosity, and you did!

Here are, in my highly subjective opinion, the three best submissions, in no particular order.

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