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Posted August 31, 2012
This collection is (as far as I know) the first of its kind. Not an argument about why religion is not true, or why it is harmful to society, Atheists Voices of Minnesota seeks to do something different: showcase both the wide variety within atheism by letting individual atheists tell their own stories and to highlight the struggles many atheists face living within a culture so widely permeated with religion as ours is. The book succeeds admirably and will be of interest to both atheists and the religious alike. The essays are all well written and explore topics as diverse as grief, childbirth, gender identity, diet, poverty, and summer camp. They are moving accounts that should dispel once and for all the myths perpetuated by many religious leaders that atheists are immoral, hopeless misanthropes or that they pose some grave threat to the social fabric. Atheists are your co-workers and classmates, your siblings and spouses, your friends and neighbors. Read this book and come away with a greater understanding of America's most distrusted, but also one of its fastest growing, minorities.
Disclosure: My own essay "The Best Thing I Do All Year" appears in this book.
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