Atheist Voices of Minnesota: An Anthology of Personal Stories

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Atheists have turned a corner in public visibility in recent years, but they nevertheless remain one of America's most misunderstood and mistrusted groups of people. Atheist Voices of Minnesota attempts to break this ignorance by letting thirty-six atheists openly share their personal, unique stories. The results are touching, fascinating, and diverse. This collection of autobiographical stories is an excellent introduction to atheism, and will inspire other atheists to come out to their family and friends. With ...
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Overview

Atheists have turned a corner in public visibility in recent years, but they nevertheless remain one of America's most misunderstood and mistrusted groups of people. Atheist Voices of Minnesota attempts to break this ignorance by letting thirty-six atheists openly share their personal, unique stories. The results are touching, fascinating, and diverse. This collection of autobiographical stories is an excellent introduction to atheism, and will inspire other atheists to come out to their family and friends. With a foreword by Greta Christina. All net proceeds go to Minnesota Atheists (a 501c3 nonprofit organization) with authors, editors, designers, and other volunteers receiving no financial benefit.
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Editorial Reviews

Russell Blackford
These are fresh, honest, delightful, often poignant essays. Between them, they depict much of the real-life experience of atheism. Above all, they show us atheists as individuals with specific hopes, concerns, and reasons for rejecting religion. Though these voices hail from one state of the US, each is distinctive - here we have a surprisingly wide sample of how today s atheists think, feel, live, and connect with others. --Russell Blackford, co-editor of 50 Voices of Disbelief: Why We Are Atheists, author of Freedom of Religion and the Secular State
David Silverman
By letting a diverse group of atheists actually speak for themselves, Atheist Voices of Minnesota promotes a positive view of atheism in the best possible way. This anthology not only corrects popular misconceptions about atheists but it s also a clarion call for other atheists to come out and become active. --David Silverman, president of American Atheists
Hemant Mehta
This is an important compilation of what it means to be godless, how difficult it can be to come out publicly as an atheist, and why faith is not a virtue. Not only do I see a lot of my own history in this collection, the variety of voices speak to current and future atheists all across the country. ... I highly recommend it. --Hemant Mehta, author of the FriendlyAtheist.com blog
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780615598574
  • Publisher: Freethought House
  • Publication date: 8/28/2012
  • Pages: 276
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.58 (d)

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  • Posted August 31, 2012

    This collection is (as far as I know) the first of its kind. Not

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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