An Atheist’s Guide to Mortality

Kirk Israel has written what he calls the “Skeptical Nerd’s Guide to Your Own Mortality.” The entire thing is online (with illustrations by UK artist James Harvey) at the chuckle-worthy website SoYoureGoingToDie.com:

I’d love to see this turned into a physical book!

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How Carl Sagan Talked to His Daughter About Death

Last month, we heard from Carl Sagan‘s son Nick about his father’s legacy.

Now it’s his half-sister’s turn. Writing for New York Magazine, Sasha Sagan tells us about her life growing up, including the time she asked her father about whether he would ever see his deceased parents again:



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Edwin Kagin, the ‘Legal Heart of American Atheists’ and Co-Founder of Camp Quest, Is Dead

Edwin Kagin was one of the first atheist leaders I ever had a chance to meet in person. When I was running a Secular Student Alliance group in college, we were very excited that Edwin, the Kentucky State Director of American Atheists at the time, agreed to come to Chicago to debate a Catholic professor about the existence of God. The event drew several hundred audience members to our mostly-commuter school and gave our group a lot of energy, momentum, and additional members. That was well over a decade ago and Edwin has been a friend to me ever since, most recently giving me permission to include his essay “Thoughts for Atheists at Graduation” in my book The Young Atheist’s Survival Guide.

On Friday, American Atheists confirmed that Edwin had died at the age of 73.



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Why the Death of Fred Phelps Leaves Me with Mixed Feelings

The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, discusses the legacy of Fred Phelps and whether he may have inadvertently helped the gay rights movement:

We’d love to hear your thoughts on the project — more videos will be posted soon — and we’d also appreciate your suggestions as to which questions we ought to tackle next!

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A Few Interesting Things About Fred Phelps’ Death

Now that the news of Fred Phelps‘ passing has sunk in, there are a few last tidbits worth sharing:

1) Earlier this week, Westboro Baptist Church was calling any speculation about Fred Phelps‘ health “foolish.”

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