Editor’s Note: Here’s another excellent review by Alexis Record, who keeps up with secular literature and is kind enough to share her reading experiences with us. I wish I had read this book when I was interviewing non-believing clergy. It would have confirmed what I was finding – all deconversion stories are not alike. Why would they be? Yet so much of what we learn about religion is how things are “supposed” to be and it’s rare (until lately) that people have been encouraged to speak out about their individual experiences.
By Alexis Record
In 2014, Hobby Lobby fought to exclude certain types of birth control coverage for women based on a religious belief that women shouldn’t have it. The dispute went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court where five justices, all men and all with connections to the Roman Catholic Church, ruled in favor of religious beliefs over the human beings who didn’t share those beliefs.
Only one good thing would come from this “decision of startling breadth.” One woman would become inspired to seek out unbelieving women who were free from religion and share their experiences with the world.
The result is Women Beyond Belief: Discovering Life Without Religion.
It’s a compilation of women’s stories by first time author and editor Karen L. Garst, Ph.D.
In the library of atheist literature there are countless male voices and authors. Now, twenty-two women add their human perspective and experience to the mix. And it’s about time.
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