Life Driven Purpose pgs 122-123
Jan 30, 2017 · 24 

“Fundamentalists need truth to be absolute. They are extremely uncomfortable with uncertainty or estimates of truth. They think truth is an object. Jesus said, “I am the truth.” But a person cannot be the truth. Truth is not a thing. Truth is simply a measure of how well a statement matches reality. The only thing …

Coming Out Atheist, pg 11
Jan 23, 2017 · 9 

“Atheists have to come out! Coming out is the most powerful political action we can take! It’s how we change people’s perceptions of us! It’s how we counter the myths and bigotry against us! It’s how we find each other! It’s how we create communities and give each other a safe place to land! It’s …

The Necessity of Secularism, pg 93
Jan 17, 2017 · 15 

Life Driven Purpose, pgs 62-63
Jan 9, 2017 · 93 

“Thomas Jefferson was a deist, living just like an atheist with no religious practices, but believing there had to be some kind of starter god or impersonal force that got everything going. The deists were the pre-Darwinian freethinkers, lacking a model for the origin of life. But Jefferson got it right about instincts, anticipating the …

Coming Out Atheist, pg 43
Jan 3, 2017

“What’s more, different ways of coming out don’t just have personal impacts in people’s lives. They have political implications as well. And those will vary from person to person. Some people want their coming out to make a gentler, blending-in, “we’re just like everyone else” statement. Others want their coming out to be more radical, …

The Necessity of Secularism, pg 13
Dec 26, 2016 · 8 

“We’re living in the midst of a revolution in human attitudes and belief. In much of Europe and North America and other areas of the developed world, such as Australia and Japan, large portions of the population are now nonreligious, that is, they reject belief in God and transcendent spiritual entities of any sort. This …

Coming Out Atheist, pg 76
Dec 20, 2016 · 4 

“And using the world more is a big part of what’s going to de-stigmatize it. Marnie, who grew up in southern New Hampshire in a generically Christian family, says, “I try to avoid hedging and avoiding the topic, when it’s brought up. I feel strongly that when ostensibly ‘normal’ people say they are atheists without …

Life Driven Purpose, pg 55
Dec 13, 2016 · 1 

Caught in the Pulpit, pgs 192-193
Nov 29, 2016 · 10 

“Are these reflections on religion offensive? They concern topics that many people would rather leave examined, but unlike most earlier criticisms of religion they do not point a finger of blame. It doesn’t take conniving priests to invent these cultural contraptions, an more than it took a devious social engineer to create the Japanese tea …

Life Driven Purpose, pg 67
Nov 21, 2016 · 7 

“Reason is not a thing. It is a function of the brain. Our brains have a hugely complex new layer, or set of layers, that have evolved to the point where we now have the ability to use language and to think more broadly about behavior. We can think about our thoughts. We can think …

Coming Out Atheist, pg 64
Nov 14, 2016 · 8 

“About 5-15% of all Americans are atheists or other nonbelievers. Those numbers are even higher in many other parts of the world; In some countries, it’s as high as 65%, and possibly even 85%. That’s according to fairly conservative estimates, and the fact that many nonbelievers are uncomfortable saying so – even to themselves. And …

Caught in the Pulpit, pg 143
Nov 8, 2016 · 2