Category Archives: books

A Colony and a Nation by Chris Hayes

I’ve been reading a lot of books lately that touch on African-American history as well as current issues like the Black Lives Matter movement: older works like W.E.B. du Bois’s The Souls of Black Folk and the essays of Lillian Smith, but … Continue reading

Posted in books, civil rights, politics | Tagged , | Leave a comment

The Varieties of Religious Experience – Lecture 2

Chapter-by-chapter thoughts on William James’ The Varieties of Religious Experience (hardcover, Kindle). Lecture II – Circumscription of the Topic James has set himself a daunting task. But first things first: definitions. Religion can mean many things to many people, but he defines it … Continue reading

Posted in books, commentary, philosophy, psychology, religion | Tagged , | Leave a comment

The Varieties of Religious Experience – Lecture 1

Why am I blogging my chapter-by-chapter thoughts on William James’ The Varieties of Religious Experience (hardcover, Kindle)? First, I’m correcting the slightly embarrassing fact that I have never read it, despite it’s being a classic of non-fiction and one of the most famous secular … Continue reading

Posted in books, commentary, psychology, religion | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Letters to a Young Muslim

Hardly anyone would disagree that Islam is at war. But who defines what it is to be a Muslim? And who exactly are the combatants? These two questions are almost impossible to answer, and without answers it is nearly impossible to solve the … Continue reading

Posted in biography, books, children, islam | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Podcast #259 – Karen Garst (Women Beyond Belief)

We interview Karen Garst, editor of Women Beyond Belief: Discovering Life without Religion. This new collection contains 22 essays by women from various backgrounds, telling their stories of how the decided to leave religion and embrace secular, rational values. Women Beyond … Continue reading

Posted in books, freethought, podcast, religion, women's rights | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Podcast #256 – Matthew O’Neil (After Life)

We interview Matthew O’Neil, author of After Life: Solving Science and Religion’s Great Disagreement. In his new book, he looks at what the Bible actually says about things like Heaven, Hell, the soul and Resurrection, and how it differs from modern, … Continue reading

Posted in books, christianity, podcast, religion | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Podcast #252 – Frank Lambert (Separation of Church and State)

We interview Dr. Franklin T. Lambert, author of Separation of Church and State: Founding Principle of Religious Liberty. In this, his latest book, he corrects the claims of revisionist “historians” like David Barton that the United States was founded as a Christian nation, … Continue reading

Posted in books, history, interviews, podcast, politics, religion, religious rights | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

Podcast #250 – Mary Roach (Grunt)

Whoo-hoo! It’s our 250th episode! We’ll celebrate by continuing to put out some more episodes. Meanwhile, we interview Mary Roach, whose latest book is Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War (available in hardcover, audiobook and for Kindle). Roach is … Continue reading

Posted in books, interviews, military, podcast, science | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Podcast #249 – The Faith of Christopher Hitchens

We discuss Larry Alex Taunton’s new book The Faith of Christopher Hitchens: The Restless Soul of the World’s Most Notorious Atheist (available in hardcover, as an audiobook, or for Kindle). In this memoir, Taunton (a Birmingham, Alabama based minister and … Continue reading

Posted in atheism, biography, books, religion | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

May 23 in freethought history…

May 23,  1707 – Biologist and zoologist Carl Linnaeus is born in RÃ¥shult, Sweden. Known as the father of modern taxonomy, he pioneered the system of organizing (and naming via binomial nomenclature) all living creatures. Linnaeus created some controversy by grouping human … Continue reading

Posted in biology, books, science | Tagged | Leave a comment