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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. 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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