When Your Religion Hates You

Tom Muzzio’s story is one that rings all too familiar in the nonreligious community. But it is still one worth telling. Born into a post-WWII era modernist home, Muzzio was captivated by the Jesus Movement of the 60s and 70s in college and converted to a fundamentalist strand of evangelical Christianity. His spiritual journey led [Read More…]

Escaping Christianity: A Patheos Q&A with Tom Muzzio

Tom Muzzio has a conversion story – from atheism to Christianity and back to atheism. Along the way, he experiences the inside world of Christian fundamentalism as a convert, then an ordained minister, and then a missionary. And then he leaves. His experiences with Christian hypocrisy, the play for power, and the hatred for gays [Read More…]

Atheist Awakening: A Q&A with Researchers Richard Cimino and Christopher Smith

“By “awakening” we mean that atheists and even agnostics are becoming more public about their secularism and are more interested in what can be called collective identity—forming a larger community, creating new organizations, and engaging in activism on a number of issues, such as pressing for stricter church-state separation.” — Richard Cimino and Christopher Smith, authors, [Read More…]

The Atheist Awakening and the Internet

By Richard Cimino and Christopher Smith Authors, Atheist Awakening Does atheism have a special affinity with the Internet? It can seem so when considering the large number of web sites, blogs and online forums devoted to secularism (our term for atheism, secular humanism, and other kinds of non-theism). But it is more than just the [Read More…]

When Believers and Nonbelievers Marry: A Q&A with Dale McGowan

Across America, particularly among adults under age 33, secularism is on the rise. Nearly one third of Millennials, according to the Pew Research Center, don’t identify with a particular religion. And 20 percent of Americans overall describe themselves as nonreligous. So what happens when a nonbeliever falls in love with a believer? Popular author and secular [Read More…]

How The West Really Lost God: A Review

About halfway through grad school course work, I had a professor who asked each student in our class what we wanted to do with our lives once we’d earned our Ph.D.’s. His enthusiasm and encouragement for the future professors, administrators, community activists, and citizen-scholars in the group was ebullient. When I said I wanted to [Read More…]

Signs and Wonders: On Writing a Book for My Wedding Anniversary

Editor’s Note: This month in the Patheos Book Club, we’re featuring the new book Jehoshua: Signs and Wonders. Here, author Garrett Glass reveals the surprising inspiration behind the project.   My 30th wedding anniversary was approaching in 2012. What special thing do you get a spouse who has been by your side for such a long [Read More…]