In this deeply revealing and engaging autobiography, Herb Silverman tells his iconoclastic life story. He takes the reader from his childhood as an Orthodox Jew in Philadelphia, where he stopped fasting on Yom Kippur to test God's existence, to his adult life in the heart of the Bible Belt, where he became a legendary figure within America's secular activist community and remains one of its most beloved leaders. Never one to shy from controversy, Silverman relates many of his high-profile battles with the Religious Right, including his decision to run for governor of South Carolina to challenge the state's constitutional provision that prohibited atheists from holding public office. <em>Candidate Without a Prayer</em> offers an intimate portrait of a central player in today's increasingly heated culture wars. It will be sure to charm both believers and nonbelievers alike, and will lead all those who care about the separation of church and state to give thanks.
|Publisher:||Humanist Press, LLC|
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About the Author
Herb Silverman is founder and president of the Secular Coalition for America, and Distinguished Professor Emeritus of mathematics at the College of Charleston. He ran for governor of South Carolina in the 1990s to challenge a state law that required religious belief to hold public office. After an eight-year battle, he won a unanimous decision in the South Carolina Supreme Court, which struck down this religious test requirement.
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Candidate Without a Prayer: An Autobiography of a Jewish Atheist in the Bible Belt based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Living in the same city as Herb Silverman it is easy to see how the community has marginalized but not discredited him and his views. This book has lighthearted approach to a taboo subject here in the Bible Belt. The author is likeable and upbeat and approaches his subject with humor and humanity that escapes most writers on atheism. I would recommend this book.