Atheist Voices of Minnesota: an Anthology of Personal Stories [NOOK Book]

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"As much as we can, whenever we can, we have to tell our stories. Exactly as the writers in this book have done." -from the Foreword by Greta Christina

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 address these preconceptions by letting thirty-six atheists openly share their personal and unique stories. The results are touching, fascinating, and diverse....
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Overview

"As much as we can, whenever we can, we have to tell our stories. Exactly as the writers in this book have done." -from the Foreword by Greta Christina

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 address these preconceptions by letting thirty-six atheists openly share their personal and unique stories. The results are touching, fascinating, and diverse. This collection is an excellent introduction to atheism, and will inspire other atheists to come out to their family and friends.

These are fresh, honest, delightful, often poignant essays. ... They show us atheists as individuals with specific hopes, concerns, and reasons for rejecting religion. ... 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

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. ... Their thoughtful perspectives will be illuminating to people of any faith, or none. Rev. Dr. Kendyl Gibbons, senior minister of the First Unitarian Society

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

A chorus not of arguments and positions but of shared human lives. At turns smart, funny, and deeply touching ... 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
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940014962605
  • Publisher: Freethought House
  • Publication date: 8/5/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 274
  • Sales rank: 1,078,611
  • File size: 598 KB

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Atheist Voices of Minnesota authors: Norman Barrett Wiik, Elizabeth Becker, Kenneth Bellew, Ryan Benson, August Berkshire, Donald L. Boese, Ryan Bolin, Jill Carlson, Justin M. Chase, Greta Christina, Linda Davis, Andrew Downs, Shannon Drury, Anthony Faust, Paul Gramstad, Mike Haubrich, Kori Hennessy, Peter N. Holste, Michelle M. Huber, Eric Jayne, George Kane, Greg Laden, Bill Lehto, M. A. Melby, PZ Myers, Robin Raianiemi, Rohit Ravindran, Jason Schoenack, Kim Socha, Chris Stedman, Elizabeth Stiras, Todd N. Torkelson, Timothy Wick, Rob Young, James Zimmerman, Jennifer Zimmerman, Stephanie Zvan
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  • Posted August 28, 2012

    To be upfront about this review, I need to acknowledge that I am

    To be upfront about this review, I need to acknowledge that I am a
    friend of the editor. This book is a wonderful group of essays that
    reveals the humanity and wisdom of people who are atheists. The authors
    each describe his or her philosophical journey that began with an
    unbelief in a supernatural being or ended up at that point. A book like
    this has been needed for a long time as it clears up much of the
    received myths about what it means to be an atheist. It demonstrates
    that atheists are all different kinds of people and they came to atheism
    by different paths. As more atheists come out to their neighbors, family
    and friends, our culture will have a better understanding of atheism and
    its diversity. The book explores the personal stories of young and old
    and exhibits lives well lived, human feelings, moral substance,
    commitment to justice, and the issues that made atheism the obvious
    choice for the authors. Anybody who thinks they understand atheism may
    be surprisingly informed by this book.

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