Most of the books available today regarding religion seem to be focused at how to live your life according to religious teachings, gaining inspiration through religion, or providing evidence that the Bible is true and atheism or science got it wrong. At the same time, most of the books regarding atheism are centered around proving Christianity and other religions wrong or how to live a full life without religion. After examining this, I immediately came to the the realization that something is missing. Why aren’t there any popular titles that address the awkward and often extremely uncomfortable social interaction between atheist and believer? Once a close friend or family member comes out as an atheist to his believing loved ones, what’s next?
This book was written for anyone who knows a nonbeliever, whether they’re open about their beliefs or not. In it, I’ll take you through my own experiences, raised Catholic, once Evangelical Christian, then closeted atheist, now openly a nonbeliever and active in the atheist community. Through this journey, readers will gain an understanding of what it’s like for someone to abandon faith in the supernatural and gravitate toward evidence-based reasoning, ultimately facing the taboo of being a nonbeliever.
Everyone knows an atheist. Not everyone is aware of it, but everyone knows at least one. Many atheists are closeted because of the social and familial stigma that comes with being an open atheist in a society full of religious believers. Often referred to as the fastest growing demographic in America, those with no religious affiliation make up about 10-15% of the US population. That means it’s likely that 1 out of every 10 people either doesn’t subscribe to an organized religion or doesn’t believe in a supreme being at all.
The purpose of this book is not to tear down religion or the religious, but to bring to light the issues facing atheists and their believer friends and family. People who are close to open atheists often have questions like:
Is it ok to pray at meals when they’re over for dinner?
Why do they hate God?
What do they think happens when we die?
Should I bring up their atheism in conversation or just ignore it?
Why don’t they just go to church ‘just in case’?
Understanding an Atheist will attempt to answer these questions, by giving some insight into how the mind of an atheist operates, what they stand for, what prejudices they face, and how they feel, surrounded by religion every day.
Presale copies are available on the book’s official website, where supporters can order eBooks, paperbacks, or signed copies, and get them before the book launches on Amazon. The book is slated to be available in early 2014.
In preparation for release, I ask that you share this project with anyone that you feel could benefit from the book. Send the link below via email, Facebook or Twitter. Many atheists feel misunderstood by their loved ones and the aim of this book is to enhance that understanding and mend these relationships.