Their teachings were especially hard on women. That metaphor was used a lot. If you held hands, you were pulling the ribbon. If you kissed somebody, you were tattering the paper. Many great quotes, here is one of favorites by Christopher Hitchens. What a terrible thing to be telling to children: that you can only live by accepting an absolute authority.
Push it aside however tempting it is. Take the risk of thinking for yourself. Much more happiness, truth, beauty, and wisdom will come to you that way. The dangers of bad beliefs. The psychology of religion and an atheist perspective. Is it possible to be a happy atheist? Find out. Insight into black families. Damn near of all the music directors in black churches are flamboyantly gay, but nobody says anything because the emphasis within the church community is on their personal walk with the Lord.
Some valuable facts are provided. Many more… Negatives: 1. No supplementary material. A little repetitive. Riley does a wonderful job of selecting a wide-range of stories thus giving this collection balance but there is some repetition. No visual material like: charts, diagrams or photos. A chart of various religions and the most common sects within each religion would have added value. I would have liked a separate editorial chapter by the author where he would share his overall experience with this project and general observations.
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In summary, I really enjoyed this fine and well-balanced collection of coming out stories by young atheists. A lot of the coming-out stories have a common link that includes: evolution, and access to atheist material. The Internet has also allowed atheism to reach minds and make a positive difference. Lacks supplementary materials but overall a fine collection.
Perhaps a part two is in store for the future. A recommended reading.
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Riley interviewed 25 young atheists, who he met through CFI, and transcribed these interviews for the book. This technique allows the personality of each individual to shine in a unique way, and it felt as if I was meeting a new friend in each chapter. Others were new to me before reading the book, and a few had rather dramatic stories.
The Kindle Edition I read Generation Atheist on my Kindle, and these final thoughts have more to do with my personal preferences for e-books. There is a linkable table of contents, which makes it easy to find a story by person or by former religious affiliation. A person looking for ex-Mormon stories, for example, can quickly jump to those stories from the table of contents.
My only suggestion for the Kindle edition is that I wish it contained links to the photos on the Generation Atheist website, to allow those reading on a tablet or computer to quickly access them within the book itself. On the whole I recommend Generation Atheist to three sorts of people: 1. Theists who are interested in why people become atheists. Riley says in the introduction: "I hope this book can be educational for non-atheists in understanding who atheists are, where they come from, and what they want out of life. They may find that, in many ways, atheists are just like them.
Those who work with college students and others in the Millennial demographic.
Currently, one third of adults under 30 have no religious affiliation, and atheism is especially on the rise in this age group. Generation Atheist provides valued insights into the way this segment of the population views the world. De-converts like me : Reading these stories helped me find others who have been through similar struggles with their faith and identity. It's also an excellent introduction to several atheists who are active in the secular community, on the internet, and at conferences.
May 14, Sally rated it really liked it Shelves: biography-autobiography , religion-atheism. I really enjoyed reading these narratives from "younger" people say under 35? It was interesting how often Dawkins' "The God Delusion" played a helpful part. Several said that when they read it they knew that the views he presented were what they themselves thought, or that they were relieved to find they weren't the only person who thought that way. I ha I really enjoyed reading these narratives from "younger" people say under 35? I hadn't been so impressed with "The God Delusion," but clearly it serves the purpose its author intended.
Oct 30, Kevin rated it it was amazing Shelves: religion , nonfiction. A collection of essays written by college students or recently graduated professionals, this book details the struggles and fears faced when young adults must decide whether to come out as secularists or atheists. It was brilliantly constructed and I wish I could have known about something like it back in my high school or college days.
Jun 29, Nicholas King rated it really liked it. Millenials are leaving religious affiliation in droves. Some of those young people are coming out as atheists. The causes for this increase in lack of religiosity are varied; each atheist can give a different reason or set of reasons why they abandoned faith.
Generation Atheist by Dan Riley sets out to humanize a segment of the population generally mistrusted by the public at large. The stories presented in this book discuss the why, the how, and the effect of living without religion in a world Millenials are leaving religious affiliation in droves. The stories presented in this book discuss the why, the how, and the effect of living without religion in a world soaked in religion. Riley edits the chapters expertly, allowing each person chosen for the book the opportunity to open up about their life.
For some, the experience is a jarring, painful transition. Others had always been atheists but encountered the religiosity of others and the animosity that often follows. Since these people are situated in the United States, the majority of the stories deal with deconversion from Christianity. Other religions such as Jainism, Hinduism, and Islam are discussed as well. Different forms of Christianity are also represented in the stories provided, including the Mormon and Baptist faiths.
There are familiar arcs each story takes but each is told in such a personal way that the familiarity is never trite. Nov 23, Danielle T rated it really liked it Shelves: debut , pop-culture , current-affairs , philosophy-religion.
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Shirked duties this morning to finish. Eberhard and Jessica Ahlquist! Even though this book is only three years old, I do wonder about where the authors are now- I know in the case of Jen, she stopped blogging at BlagHag and took a brief hiatus after the internet hate machine reacted violently against the suggestion of a more inclusive, ethical atheism in Atheism Plus.
She's since moved to the Jenome and still writes. I read the Kindle version, and weirdly, it didn't list page numbers but instead had "Location " etc. I only felt comfortable that things weren't out of order by the percentage progress in the lower right hand portion. A quick read. It's painful to rate this so low. I think books like this, putting a face on atheism, and a young face at that, are critically important.
But telling stories and putting a human face on secularism still requires good writing and better editing, and this book suffers from a lack, in general, of both. Additionally, I don't know if it was purposeful or coincidental that nearly all of the essays one or two exceptions, at most came from an accommodationist perspective, but I wish it had been more bal It's painful to rate this so low.
Additionally, I don't know if it was purposeful or coincidental that nearly all of the essays one or two exceptions, at most came from an accommodationist perspective, but I wish it had been more balanced. Many of the essayists, moreover, actually denigrated other atheists' personal choices and more confrontational approach to religion and the religious.
The fact that several of the people telling their stories in this book had to use pseudonyms tells you exactly why this book needed to be written. I enjoyed reading about all the different perspectives. I've heard of a small handful of these people and was familiar with their stories. There were a lot of familiar things in this book. One thing that struck me is that though most of these people grew up all over the United States, most of them said that where they grew up was one of the most relig The fact that several of the people telling their stories in this book had to use pseudonyms tells you exactly why this book needed to be written.
One thing that struck me is that though most of these people grew up all over the United States, most of them said that where they grew up was one of the most religious areas of the US. That should tell you a lot about the group of people that STILL try and tell you that they're in the minority when it comes to their religious beliefs.
Honest and sincere. This review is simple where this glimpse into these people's lives is anything but. The de rigueur connected to religion comes out through these stories, painfully so at times. It is in my mind that the self realization of nonbelief for the interviewees whether gradual or sudden, and the resulting changes in their lives was neither for their lack nor want to honestly and sincerely understand themselves and the world they live in.
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Their earnest endeavors were quite refreshing Honest and sincere. Their earnest endeavors were quite refreshing to read. Sep 02, James English rated it it was amazing. An interesting collection of first-hand accounts. Some of the contributors used pseudonyms, a testament to the powerful discrimination that atheists around the country and world face.
I highly recommend reading their stories, whether you subscribe to religion or have abandoned it, so see the hold irrational superstitions can have over people's lives, and what happens when people free themselves from its grip. You may be shocked to see the treatment some of these people received at the hands of t An interesting collection of first-hand accounts. You may be shocked to see the treatment some of these people received at the hands of those who believe in a loving god. Apr 16, JM added it Shelves: quit. It's quite repetitive.
The stories are the same formula: a "Christian" who has been wronged terribly by the church mostly evangelical and left "religion" as a whole. I was hoping to hear more in depth stories. It seems to be more of the same surface level arguments that one would hear in American high school classrooms, college dorms and Facebook rants. May 14, Angela Marie rated it really liked it. Refreshing perspective on an important topic. Good collection of secular testimonials. This book was interesting, easy read. It also helped that the Kindle version was free for Amazon Prime members!
These essays were interviews about becoming an atheist were from a variety of perspectives from not really caring about religion to be super religious from varying denominations. But my problem with this book is with the introductory preface of each essay. Basically the author introduces the interviewee and then gives a summary of the essay.
Another example is how one girl talked about she wanted a prayer banner removed from her public school; the author in his intro should have provided more context about secular law. A great sampling that shows the diversity in atheism This book is composed of 25 chapters about 25 different people from various cultural and religious backgrounds, and how they made their journey towards atheism.
If anything, this shows just how diverse we are and that we shouldn't be afraid to engage with others. Neither one was the motivating factor for me, as I was m A great sampling that shows the diversity in atheism This book is composed of 25 chapters about 25 different people from various cultural and religious backgrounds, and how they made their journey towards atheism.
Neither one was the motivating factor for me, as I was mostly disillusioned with the overly structured lifestyle and hypocrisy I saw in many of the people I went to church with. Still, I saw a lot of myself in the people in the book. In , a Georgetown University study was published indicating that only about 30 percent of those who grow up in an atheist household in the United States remain atheists as adults.
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