Atheist Voices of Minnesota: An Anthology of Personal Stories

Atheist Voices of Minnesota: An Anthology of Personal Stories

by Bill Lehto, Shannon Drury, Kori Hennessy, Anthony Faust
     
 

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… See more details below

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.

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780615598574
Publisher:
Freethought House
Publication date:
08/28/2012
Pages:
276
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.58(d)

What People are saying about this

Dale McGowan
Atheist Voices of Minnesota is a chorus not of arguments and positions but of shared human lives. And what a chorus! At turns smart, funny, and deeply touching, this collection combines the plainspoken humanity of the northern heartland with the depth and intelligence of the honestly examined life. Any atheist in any corner of the world is sure to find a reflection of his or her own journey in these pages, while the religious believer can learn how very much we all have in common after all. —Dale McGowan, author and editor of Parenting Beyond Belief and Raising Freethinkers
Rev. Dr. Kendyl Gibbons
This collection of very personal stories beautifully illustrates the variety of ideas and feelings that characterize atheism. Some are narratives of struggle and the triumph of reason and freedom; others relate with gentle amusement or joyful confidence vignettes from the ordinary lives of non-believers. To listen to these “Voices” is to be aware that atheists are regular human beings, managing the same delights and demands that all of us face in this world. Their thoughtful perspectives will be illuminating to people of any faith, or none. —Rev. Dr. Kendyl Gibbons, senior minister of the First Unitarian Society

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