Regular Columnists

Dan Arel is an award-winning journalist and the bestselling author of Parenting Without God and The Secular Activist. He writes a column for American Atheist magazine and has written for CounterPunch, Time Magazine, Huffington Post, AlterNet, OnFaith and many other publications. Follow him on Twitter: @danarel. You can view Dan’s articles here.


J. D. Brucker is an atheist author and blogger, a secular humanist, and an outspoken anti-theist. He is the author of ‘Improbable: Issues with the God Hypothesis‘ and ‘God Needs To Go: Why Christian Beliefs Fail‘. Currently, Brucker writes for the Atheist Republic website. Other works can be found on various secular websites, including The Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science and The Natural Skeptic. Please visit: – Follow on Twitter: @jdbrucker. You can view J.D.’s articles here.


Thomas Essel is an outspoken atheist who lives “behind enemy lines” in the American Bible belt. He has studied anthropology at Palomar College in San Marcos, CA, is a graduate of the Drury University Law Enforcement Academy and is currently an undergraduate student studying American history. His writing interests include religion and politics, especially where the two collide. He currently lives in Springfield, Missouri with his wife, two kids and, most importantly, his cat James Franco.


Joshua Kelly currently attends Central Washington University as a Master of Arts in Performance Studies and received his Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from the University of Montana. As a writer, he is an active blogger at Patheos, commentating on religion, literature, and politics, and the author of the book “Oh, Your god!: The Evil Idea That Is Religion“, the ebook sales of which have reached #2 on Amazon’s Atheism section behind “The God Delusion”. His newest work is a contribution to the book “666”, a collection of arguments on religion featuring chapters from great authors on the subject such as Lawrence Krauss, Douglas Wilson, Richard Carrier, Colin Humphreys, and others.

Joshua Kelly is available for conferences and other speaking engagements. Please feel free to contact him via email for these and other inquiries. You can follow him on Twitter: @JoshuaKelly116. You can view Joshua’s articles here.


Shanon Nebo is the co-founder and president of Be Secular., a socially conscious apparel company that furthers the ideas of humanism and the separation of church and state. Raised Christian, she converted to atheism in her late twenties and lives happily with her husband and son, also both atheists, in Southern Maryland. When not consumed with activism, she very much enjoys the company of her family and friends, gaming on almost any platform, the outdoors, baking, cooking, writing, and the simple, but necessary, all-powerful cup of coffee. You can view Shanon’s articles here.


Matthew O’Neil is an atheist activist, author, and educator. He has written “You Say That I Am: Jesus and the Messianic Problem” (Dangerous Little Books, 2014) and the upcoming “Come Lord Jesus” (Pitchstone, 2015). He earned his MA in theology as well as graduate certification in mediation and education. You can view Matthew’s articles here.

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